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Wed. December 14, 2011 | Steve Lee

WESLEY CHAPEL — Host Wiregrass Ranch swept Freedom in Tuesday night’s doubleheader with the girls winning a 56-53 double-overtime thriller, handing the Patriots their first loss of the season.

“You can’t follow that,” Wiregrass Ranch boys coach Jeremy Calzone said. “You just do the best you can.”

For the boys team, that was erasing a three-point halftime deficit by outscoring the Patriots 27-8 in the third quarter en route to an 84-59 win.

“I felt like our tempo was bad in the first half,” Calzone said. “I think they did a good job picking up the tempo.”

The tempo of the girls game kicked in high gear in the second overtime. Shade Williams snapped a tie at 47 by scoring six straight points on three layups, the second coming off an errant inbounds pass and the third after a steal to give Freedom a 53-47 lead.

But the Patriots (8-1) never scored again and Williams fouled out with 58 seconds left.

Logan Seoane hit two of the Bulls’ last three baskets, including a rebound off Kelly McCaffrey’s missed free throw to clinch it. Amanda Melosky made the play of the game with a steal and layup that gave Wiregrass Ranch (8-3) a 54-53 lead.

“Melosky made the steal to win it,” Wiregrass Ranch girls coach John Gant said.

McCaffrey scored a game-high 19, the only Bull in double figures. Freedom was a bit more balanced with Bella Gibson scoring 13, Williams 11 and Bianca Igwe 10.

In the boys game that followed, Rico Kerney had a game-leading 27 points to lead the Bulls (3-4). Larrentz Manora and Chris Parra chipped in with 15 and 12, respectively.

Drew Vanderbrock led the Patriots (3-3) with 15 and teammate Brandon Patchan had 10.

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