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Thu. January 14, 2010 | John C. Cotey | Email

Is it almost lunchtime? I think so. Better get to my morning paper:

STARS O' THE NIGHT

1. Shantel Houston had 19 points, and Andrea Maguer added 13 as Wesley Chapel girls basketball won again. The Wildcats are 12-1 and haven't lost since Dec. 3. I'm betting they don't lose again until postseason play.

2. St. Petersburg is one of those girls basketball teams toiling on the periphery, and methinks they could make some noise because they have good guard play and a talented big girl in Kamika Idom, who had 25 points last night.

3. I had kidded Necole Tunsil, one of my faves, for overhyping some of her players in the past, but she appears to have been on the money about freshman Tianah Alvardo, who dropped in 25 last night in Lakewood's victory.

4. In the storied history of the immensley popular and beloved Meanderings, only one player has made it every day -- Countryside's Thea Linkfield. Okay, so yesterday was for a correction, but today? For a season-high 5 goals last night. Tommorow, I promise a Linkfield-free zone.

5. St. Petersburg Catholic's Brittney Dunbar scored 11 points in a win over Academy of Holy Names, none bigger than her basket with 8 seconds left to force overtime, where Jerica Coley took over for the Barons.

TEAM OF THE NIGHT

Countryside boys basketball, of late on the outside looking in when it came to upper echelon of boys hoops in Pinellas County, knocked off St. Petersburg in overtime. The Green Devils are considered by most the second-best team in Pinellas, so this was a big win for the 11-6 Cougars. Dino Tabakovic scored 24 points to lead the way for coach Myron Huey's boys, and they needed every point to offset a stellar performance from Green Devil Allen Wilson and his game-high 26.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 13

That's how many players scored for Gibbs last night in a win over Dixie Hollins. I will put this forth -- that is a record for most players scoring for a team that only scored 56 points. Charlie Brooks led Gibbs with 17, so a dozen Gladiators combined for the remaining 39 points. I heard even the team mascot got a few shots in, but missed both.

* For the record, 16 was edged out for Number of The Day, which is how many free throws Northeast's Casey Barszcz shot in a loss to St. Pete. She made 11.

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY

1. Psssst. Tampa Catholic boys hoops are for real. The Crusaders won again, their sixth straight, and are now 15-2. Those losses were by 3 points to Boca Ciega and 2 points to Hillsborough. They have a legitimate trio of scorers in Lashawn Harrison, David Gonzalez and Austin Aikens, all averaging over 14 ppg. In Wednesday's win, the trio combined for 58 points. I'm smelling a final four. Or is that my lunch?

2. The Palm Harbor University girls soccer is undefeated, but won't be playing in the conference championship. That's some weird tiebreaker. Seminole, who tied the Hurricanes this season 1-1, gets the nod upon further review. Makes ya wonder if maybe the conference title match shudn't be scrapped in favor of a COUNTY championship. That way, what are clearly the two best teams -- Seminole and PHU -- can break their tie.

3. Another day, another coaching vacancy as Leto and Hugh Denhert part ways. We now have openings at Alonso, Central, Clearwater Central Catholic, Fivay, Jesuit, Leto, Nature Coast, Weeki Wachee, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. The best one out there? I say Jesuit. You?

Did I miss anyone? Anything you think deserves a Morning Meander? Did you have a big game that we probably wouldn't/didn't/should have noticed? Is meander even a word? Drop me a line at johncotey@gmail.com.

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