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Thu. January 21, 2010 | John C. Cotey | Email


Because there are so many very good girls basketball players in Tampa Bay, it is sometimes easy to overlook Jerica Coley, which is odd, because you know, she was the Times Player of the Year last year. But that's how it goes with perceived one-man teams, except for this: in St. Petersburg Catholic's biggest win of the season, Coley wasn't a one-man team. Sophomores Brittney Dunbar (16 points) and Annie Artise (13 points) gave Coley some support, and the senior guard did the rest in a 71-63 upset of Tampa Catholic, the state's 10th-ranked team (all classifications).

Coley scored 29 points and her usual assortment of blocks, steals and assists were just icing on the came for the Barons, now 14-3. Tampa Catholic, which saw its 15-game winning streak snapped, will probably get crack at the Barons in what has been one of the top hoops rivalries in the area the past two seasons.


1. Sickles dynamic duo of Rashawn Rembert (23 points) and Jordan Davis (22) led Sickles past Plant 61-44 and held Michael Frazier to 15 points.

2. Jesuit's Austin Schonbrun made five 3-pointers and his 25 points led the Tigers, who trailed heading into the fourth quarter, past Lennard 71-63.

3. Freedom not only got it's starting QB when Tyler Guy transferred in from Zephyrhills, it got its best basketball player -- he nearly doubled his season scoring average with 29 points Wednesday.

4. Durant's leading scorer Andre Nation scored 20 points, the first time he's hit 20+ since Dec. 21.

5. Welcome to the club, Shytina Harley -- the East Bay senior scored 22 points, putting her past 1,000 for her career. She also had 15 boards.

6. Clearwater Central Catholic's Kaitlyn Parker used her left foot to send the Marauders into the district finals with an overtime goal.

7. Mitchell scored four goals....errrr, Marisa Russo scored four goals, leading the Mustangs over Gulf 4-2 in a district semifinal.

8. Amanda McWilliams' 13 points (most off three 3-pointers) helped Academy of the Holy Names to a 64-61 upset win over Wesley Chapel.

9. Colette Eule, Tampa Catholic's leading scorer, had a season-high 28 in the loss to SPC.

10. East Bay Josh Slatton's header was nice, but his booming 40-yard pass right off the head teammate Forrest Meredith for the game-winner was even better.


1 -- number of consecutive playoff berths for CCC girls soccer (they had a string of 18 snapped last season)

7 -- straight wins by Sickles nationally ranked soccer team since suffering first loss.

9 -- straight wins by SPC girls basketball.

13 -- winning streak of Wesley Chapel snapped by ACHN.

15 -- winning streak of Tampa Catholic girls hoops snapped by St. Petersburg Catholic.


Most underappreciated things that popped into my head

1. Nick Vandewalle, St. Petersburg Catholic girls basketball coach

2. Soccer sweepers

3. Steals

4. Tampa Bay Tech girls basketball

5. Seminole girls soccer


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