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TAMPA — Riverview mustered just two points in the opening quarter but exploded for 23 in the third, coming from behind to beat host Tampa Bay Tech 43-37 in a 7A-8 matchup. The Sharks, who lost three key transfers and their longtime coach before the season, moved to 6-0.
“One great thing about this team is that they are learning that everything that happens, happens as a team,” first-year coach Jonathan Frueh said. “They are moving as one unit and buying into the team aspect.”
The Sharks trailed by as many as 10 in the third quarter but went on a 16-2 run in the quarter to turn the tide. Riverview’s press gave the Titans fits, and back-to-back steals and layups from sophomore Asia Royster put the Sharks ahead for the first time at 27-25.
“Asia is a great player,” Frueh said. “She is the facilitator and can score or get the ball to her teammates.”
The Titans (6-4) retook the lead at 36-35 on a Chyna Lindsay layup with 4:11 to play but Shatisha Dukes, who scored Riverview’s final eight points, answered with a basket on the next possession to give the Sharks the lead for good.
“We definitely had some pregame jitters,” Royster said. “I was just trying to get good looks and find my teammates when they were open.”
Dukes led all scorers with 17 points, Royster finished with 15 and Kierra Haywood paced the Sharks with eight rebounds. Erica Young, the only Titan in double figures, had a monster game, scoring 15, grabbing 19 rebounds and collecting three blocks.
“I think the girls were a little jittery coming out,” Frueh said. “But we started to make some shots, and that’s when our press really became effective.”