MORNING MEANDERINGS: Good morning, Savannah and Carley Plentovich
TEAM OF THE NIGHT
I went back to 2005 and could not find the last time River Ridge beat Gulf. In fact, the Bucs have won the past seven meetings, and three of those wins were by 40 or more points, two by 38, and one by 31. In fact, the only close game was last year's 42-29 win by Gulf, which isn't really that close.
You know where I'm going with this, don't you? Yep: River Ridge 52, Gulf 37.
It happened, Thursday night. Leah Ford had 16 points, Jalynn Hoolihan and MacKenzie Kistler had 10, and the Knights outscored the Bucs 24-14 in the second half to put an exclamation point on the victory.
PLAYER(s) OF THE NIGHT
How is this for some sharp shooting — Savannah Plentovich, only a freshman, made nine of her 10 shots from the field, both of her 3-point attempts and was 3-for-3 from the free throw line on her way to a game-high 23 points. Carley Pientovich (I'll assume that's her sister, and since she's also a freshman I'll get crazy here and say her twin sister?) added 12 as Calvary Christian rolled Tampa Prep 65-35.
THOUGHT OF THE NIGHT
If Lakewood is No. 1, as I think, and Freedom is No. 2, as I suspect, does that make Seffner Christian No. 3?
I don't know. Yet. But the Crusaders will be one of Tampa Bay's best this season, with the return of Tesha Hanson and Rebeckah Wellen, two players who helped Seffner make the state final four in 2010-2011. Mix those components in with returners like Sabrina Whiting and Peyton Walker (both averaged more than 15 points a game last season) and you have Class 3A state championship material.
Walker, by the way, had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five steals in Thursday night's 77-13 win over Shorecrest, and Ally Parimore had 20.
The Crusaders are now 2-0.
TWICE THE FUN!
Bailey Hooker scored 20 points to lead Steinbrenner past Alonso 63-28 Thursday night. Then she went to sleep. Then she woke up and signed a college basketball scholarship to play at Southeastern University in Lakeland, which she chose over Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeast Louisiana, Nyack and Limestone.
Unlike everything else in Meanderings, I did not cull this ^^^^ information from a boxscore. I got it from an email. See, people, it's just that easy. Keep me informed. Scratch my back, and I'll give you a long, deep tissue massage.
* Stolen from Twitter (thanks @ETYBA): Riverview's Kierra Hayood pulled down 17 rebounds and scored 12 points in the Sharks victory over East Bay.
* Keswick Christian had three players score in double figures (Rebecca Kiggins, Madison Spann and Bonnie Bouvier) in its 59-21 win over Carrollwood Day.
* Kelsey Hill scored 25 of Canterbury's 28 points in a loss to Admiral Farragut. That's 89.2 percent. Top that!
* Erica Young scored 26 points to lead Tampa Bay Tech past Chamberlain. If Lakewood is No. 1, as I think, and Freedom is No. 2, as I suspect, and Seffner Christian is truly No. 3, well....yeah, you heard me. Remember the Titans, folks.
* Meagan Thomas (I will probably mention her a lot this winter; girl just scores) had 23 points to lead Dixie Hollins past Northside Christian, which got 14 from Haley Gossard and 13 from Heather Percival but it wasn't enough. Tied going into the fourth quarter, the Rebels closed the game with a 12-4 run.
* Brittany Betts, one of the last remaining holdovers from the 2009-10 and 2010-2011 Tampa Catholic state championship teams, dropped in 23 points with six assists and five steals as the Crusaders beat St. Petersburg Catholic. The Barons actually led 19-13 after the first quarter, but Tampa Catholic outscored them the rest of the way 59-15.
* Alicia Artley scored 18 points, 10 from the free-throw line, to lead Fivay past Land O'Lakes 42-33.
* If Lakewood is No. 1, as I think, and Freedom is No. 2, as I suspect, and Seffner Christian is truly No. 3, and Tampa Bay Tech might be No. 4, then what does that make Clearwater? I'm just curious, as the Tornadoes moved to 2-0 with a 55-21 win over Northeast behind 13 from sophomore Madison Rubino and 12 from junior Alexandria Alford.
* Bria Bostick looks like she might be a Meanderings regular, scoring 17 as Gibbs beat Osceola by 10. Katie Horan led the Warriors with 15, including three 3-pointers.
* This is why Lakewood is so darned good: Tianah Alvarado had 20, Kasey Drayton 17, Siyana Allen 15, Deja Swinton 14 and Aliyah Frazer and Clemmeisha Flowers nine in a 89-23 win. That's the way it's going to be most nights, people.
* Plant played its third game in as many nights, beating Spoto 63-25 as 11 different Panthers scored. Krista Brady and Christina Tamargo led the way with 11 each.
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