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LAND O’LAKES — When Andrea Mauger was an eighth-grader at John Long Middle School, Karim Nohra said she would score 1,000 points for his team one day.
Nohra, who back then coached Wesley Chapel, witnessed Mauger’s 1,000th point Thursday in Academy at the Lakes’ 71-33 romp over Winter Haven All Saints’ in the Class 2A region quarterfinals.
Mauger’s jump shot gave the Wildcats a 19-10 lead in the Class 2A region quarterfinal and the game was stopped briefly to give her the ball.
“She works hard,” Nohra said. “She comes in the summer and shoots and shoots.
The two-time district champion Wildcats, who made it to the region finals last season, were so dominant that a running clock was used at the start of the second half. Academy at the Lakes (21-5) broke the game open with a 34-6 scoring advantage in the second quarter.
Amelia Oliver scored a game-high 26 points and Mauger had 22 in the lopsided win. Samantha Fernandez added 16.
“We have a nice dynamic duo in Amelia and Andrea,” Nohra said. “Everybody on my squad has the green light to shoot.”
Winning in the playoffs for a second straight season is a drastic change for a program that just two years ago went 0-15.
“The program has come a very, very long way in a short time,” said Nohra, who last season netted his 400th career win. “That mentality had to change.”
All Saints’ got 13 points from Melanie Rex and 12 from Kaylaina Young.