Barons to Crusaders: Until we meet again

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Mon. February 8, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

As far as dramatics go, you couldn’t beat Friday night’s Class 3A, District 10 girls basketball final between Tampa Catholic and St. Petersburg Catholic.

TC won 67-66, even though it once trailed by 16 in the third quarter and was behind by three with 5.5 seconds left with possession in SPC’s favor. TC tied it with a 3-pointer by Colette Eule, then won in overtime, but only after SPC turned the ball over with 3.6 seconds left.

Afterward, the Barons weren’t happy.

“This was a tough, emotional loss," SPC coach Nick Vandewalle said. “They’re taking it pretty hard.”

The good news for SPC?

The Barons (19-4) have a chance to redeem themselves. If they beat Lakeland Tenoroc on Thursday in the first round of the playoffs, they’ll likely face Tampa Catholic (25-2) for the fourth time this season.

Before Friday’s thriller, TC won the first meeting 68-61 and SPC took the second 71-63.

Do the math: After three games, the teams have scored an equal amount of points.

“Everybody talks about how good they are, but we play with them every time,” Vandewalle said.

Top scorers Friday:

SPC
Jerica Coley, 23
Brittney Dunbar, 20

TC
Sarah Brennan, 21
Meghan Keough, 15

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