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Mon. January 18, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

Nature Coast spent Monday's practice working to fix some breakdowns in on-court chemistry.

The locker room, despite a 14-2 record, had been in need of some patch work as well.

It began when sophomore Donovan Ingram was in a minor car accident in December, then missed three days of practice due to an illness last week.

Sharks coach Dave Pisarcik said he benched Ingram for another three days feeling Ingram's illness excuse was not genuine.

Then came the benching of leading scorer Adam Smith in a 37-32 loss to Wiregrass Ranch. Missing both players that night, the Sharks went 1-for-26 from the field in the first half and trailed 17-4. Smith played sparingly, but the damage was done.

Now if Nature Coast, Wiregrass and Lecanto all win the remainder of their district games the top seed will be determined by a messy tiebreaker scenario that could include a random draw and a coin flip.

Pisarcik talked about a missed opportunity at Wiregrass, but noted how the Sharks turned it around the past two games - still without Ingram. Ingram will be available for Tuesday's game against River Ridge, Pisarcik said.

"For the next two nights we came out with intensity," Pisarcik said of wins against Gulf and Central. "...We definitely hit some turbulence, but it's a learning process. It's unfortunate circumstances at the wrong time."

igould@tampabay.com

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