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Girls region basketball: Dunbar gives Barons lift in 3A semifinal

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Wed. February 15, 2012 | Nathan Cowan

Girls region basketball: Dunbar gives Barons lift in 3A semifinal

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg Catholic guard Brittney Dunbar and her six fellow seniors weren’t ready to end their high school careers. In their fourth game against Indian Rocks Christian, Dunbar scored 25 as the Barons came from behind Tuesday to win 51-45.

“Dunbar came up big tonight,” Barons coach Nick Vandewalle said. “She put us on her back and carried us.”

The Golden Eagles took a 17-9 lead in the first quarter as Tori Trador and Kristen Scholl routinely found Rachel Boyette for easy layups.

“They lobbed it in to (Boyette) and she is a very good player,” Vandewalle said.

SPC forced 18 first-half turnovers but the Golden Eagles took a 27-21 lead at halftime.

The Barons opened the third quarter with a 5-0 run to close within one but IRC answered with an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 35-26. The Golden Eagles were able to break the press but routinely turned over the ball.

In the fourth quarter the teams traded baskets until the Barons again turned up the pressure. After closing the gap to four with less than five minutes to play, SPC took a 45-44 lead on a Christy Lyons layup.

“It’s the same story but the fourth chapter,” IRC coach Phil Farver said. “We have had a lead in the fourth quarter of all four games and didn’t finish.”

Dunbar finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and six steals while Annie Artise added nine points, five rebounds and seven steals.

Boyette had 22 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, and Scholl pitched in with 13 points four rebounds and five assists.

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