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Tue. December 6, 2011 | John C. Cotey | Email

Morning Meanderings is back. Hey there, Taylor Emery

So, who missed Morning Meanderings, your one-stop shop for what was hot, cold and interesting from the night before? Go ahead, don't be shy, put that hand up. Well, let's get to it, shall we?

PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: Freedom's Taylor Emery, a 5-foot-9 freshman, has started her high school basketball career off in style, scoring 20-plus points in five of her six games, including 24 (her season average is 23.8) in Monday's win over King. The Patriots are off to another fabulous start, at 6-0, which is nothing new since Laurie Pacholke took over. Last year the Patriots were 13-0 before losing, and the year before that they were 9-0.

TEAM(s) OF THE NIGHT: Plant boys and girls. Sure, both Panther teams won as expected, but talk about spreading the wealth. On the boys side, 12 players scored in a 62-43 win over Bloomingdale. On the girls side, 11 scored in a 61-15 win over Bloomingdale. So, today, there are 23 kids walking the halls at Plant that scored last night in a basketball game.

MEME OF THE NIGHT: People! Let's start making some free throws! I confess to just starting to pay attention to hoops this week, but has this been a season-long trend? They call it a free throw for a reason, folks. Not a hard throw. Or a far throw. Or a blindfolded throw.

Free.

In Chamberlain's game with Gaither, the boys combined to make 5 of 20. The Chamberlain girls made 4 of 18. The Boca Ciega girls made 1 of 7 (but made seven 3-pointers...huh?), Northeast's girls made 2 of 12, King's girls made 1 of 11, and the Riverview boys made 16 of 38.

Does anyone practice this shot anymore?

FOOTBALL FACT'O'PEDIA: Supposedly, according to Wikipedia, which is on the Internets and therefore never wrong, Spanish explorer Panfilo de Narvaez was pretty much hanging out in Tampa when he decided to take a little trip and ended up in Wakulla County -- home of Pasco's opponent Friday -- and built a fort there. (Reportedly, he was later banished to Louisiana for trying to introduce the wing-T to the area football players...working to confirm that part of the story).

COLOR OF THE NIGHT: Brown! Destiny Brown (Boca Ciega) had 19 points in a win, Teyia Brown (St. Pete) had 18.

DID YOU KNOW: Dixie Hollins' Meagan Thomas has scored 50 points against DeSoto County and 40 against Admiral Farragut and Springstead? Does anyone remember a girls basketball player that was quite so prolific? Yeah, me neither.

HOT 10
1. Is there a better duo than Tesha Hanson and Faith Woodard at Riverview? They had 24 and 23 points, respectively, Monday night in a win.

2. Sickles' Bre Crum scored a season-high 25 to lead the Gryphons to a win.

3. Gaither's Tiffani Brazel jacked up eight 3-pointers, and made six of them, in a loss to Chamberlain. (Not to be outdone, Chamberlain's Clarice Devine made four 3-pointers).

4. Reggie Hart scored 24 in Chamberlain's win, and while the rest of his team was 0-for-7 from the free throw line, he made both his attempts.

5. Seminole's Tarik Salkicic had two goals and an assist as the Warhawk boys soccer team won for the sixth straight time.

6. Meagan Thomas scored 18 of Dixie Hollins 21 points in a loss that saw the Rebels get outscored 35-1 in the second half by St. Petersburg.

7. Jordan Hayes had his third hat trick of the season, and a season-high four goals, as Tampa Prep picked up an 8-1 soccer victory. 

8. Land O'Lakes' Alyssa Lonsway came into Monday night with one goal....and scored three in a 4-1 win over Ridgewood.

9. Academy at the Lakes Andrea Mauger scored 23 points in a win.

10. Todd Flournoy and Jamal Evans combined to score 35 in a Riverview win.

Morning Meanderings is just that -- meanderings. I take a look at boxscores, results, trends, top performances and I write about them. It's easy to get in Morning Meanderings. Just call in your boxscores, or if there's a great performance that needs a little love, feel free to email cotey@tampabay.com or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter (@JohnnyHometeam). Heck. leave it in the comments and I'll update what we've already got, if it's worthy. It's so easy it's a crime.

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