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Thu. January 14, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Blake standout forward Erica Young emerged this season as one of the top freshmen in Hillsborough County, but a season-ending knee injury will force the Yellow Jackets to move on without their leading scorer.

Young, who averaged 14.2 points a game, suffered an ACL and LCL tear during the Lady Dunbar Invitational Tournament over the holidays in a game against Fort Myers Cypress Lake.

"She's a warrior and she'll be back next year," Blake coach Calvin Barrs said. "We can do just two things. We come together and become dangerous or we fall apart. We can be very dangerous because everyone was preparing for Erica and now we're going to switch some things up."

Blake (12-5) -- which starts one freshman, three sophomores and a junior -- is in third place in Class 4A-9 behind Jefferson and Spoto.

"We're a young team and you can't complain with 12-5," Barrs said. "We should be OK and we've been able to manage, but we're going to have to step up as our schedule gets difficult."

The Yellow Jackets will face Spoto (13-4) next Friday.

Young scored in double figures in 12 of her 13 starts heading into the Cypress Lake game, highlighted by a season-high 26-point effort against Leto. She tallied eight double doubles.

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