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Boca Ciega point guard Alexis Ungro transferred to defending state champion Lakewood on Friday, Spartans coach Necole Tunsil said.
Ungro, a junior, helped the Pirates reach the state final four two seasons ago when she was a freshman. She was suspended the second half of last season because of a violation of team rules.
Ungro is zoned for Lakewood. She was attending Boca Ciega as part of a magnet program. This summer, she lived with her father in New York before coming back to St. Petersburg, Tunsil said. Ungro is a key addition because she will take over at point guard for Kayla Roberts, who graduated.
"Alexis will allow us to keep everyone else at the right position," Tunsil said.
Last season, the Spartans won the Class 4A state title, becoming the first Pinellas County team to win a girls basketball title since 1989. Lakewood is in a good position to repeat with Tianah Alvarado, Kasey Drayton and Shineice Beamon all returning.
"With Alexis there, Lakewood is the best team in the state," said former Boca Ciega coach Will White, who is now at Northeast. "They are way above anyone else in the county right now."