Region girls basketball: Palm Harbor University 63, Durant 43
PLANT CITY — There was plenty for Palm Harbor University to celebrate Thursday night against Durant.
There was the victory, 63-43, which sends the Hurricanes (21-8) into Tuesday’s Class 8A region semifinal against rival Countryside.
There was the fact that Hurricane guard Julia Ingram scored 32 points, pushing her career total to 2,020, making her one of the rare area athletes to eclipse 2,000.
And there was the 200th career victory for PHU coach Darian Dublin, who reached that plateau in 12 years.
“I’m so happy for all of it,” said Ingram, who is committed to play next year for the University of Tampa. “I owe so much to my teammates because they have been behind me the whole time. We knew reaching 2,000 was a lofty goal before the season but everyone was excited about trying reach it.”
And yet in the midst of all the celebration, there also was a good deal of concern for Hurricane Kayli Hoummard, who at the end of the second quarter crumpled to the court and cried out with a knee injury.
Hoummard, a starter who averages eight points and 10 rebounds a game, was carried off, the knee was iced and Dublin said her status is pending an MRI.
“We can hope,” Dublin said. “But after seeing the way it happened, I don’t know.”
Meantime for Durant, Thursday night’s game was pretty much an exercise in frustration.
Playing without two key starters — Ashlyn Myers (knee injury suffered in district final) and Casey Decatur (on a college recruiting trip) — the Cougars were overmatched from the start.
After the first quarter, Durant (19-4) trailed 25-3, a hole that proved insurmountable despite a relentless effort the rest of the way.
“We were depleted,” Durant coach Al Mitchell said. “There wasn’t much we could do about it.”