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Thu. February 18, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Some notes about Saturday’s girls basketball region final …

5A: Sickles (25-3) at Boca Ciega (28-1)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT THERE: Sickles beat Naples Gulf Coast (67-47) and Hillsborough (57-50); Boca Ciega beat Seminole (71-40) and Clearwater (54-53).
PLAYOFFS ALL TIME: Sickles (4-5); Boca Ciega (39-20).
TITLES: Boca Ciega 2 (1995, ‘96).
OUTLOOK: For Boca Ciega to make a return trip to the final four, it will have to figure out how to contain star 6-foot-4 Sickles forward Amber Henson, who arguably is the state’s most talented player. Henson, a junior, had 24 points in Tuesday’s win over Hillsborough. Guard Bre Crum is another solid player Boca Ciega must contend with. The Pirates, however, are certainly no slouch themselves and boast two likely all-state players in senior guard Latavia Dempsey and junior small-forward Tamara Taylor, who have about 1,000 points between them this season. Ninth-grade point guard Alexis Ungro, who has tremendous distribution ability, may hold the key to Boca Ciega’s success. An excellent passer, if Ungro can limit her turnovers and consistently find Dempsey and Taylor, the Pirates could reach their 10th final four.

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