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Wed. December 14, 2011 | John C. Cotey | Email

It's Morning Meanderings, which means I'm cruising box scores and looking for highlights. If you want to help, and you know you do, email me at cotey@tampabay.com, or shoot me a text (727-580-3691), or hit me up on Twitter (@JohnnyHomeTeam) or Facebook. There's four items and a video that are in today's Meanderings, from you fine folks. That's how we do it. 

FAMILY OF THE NIGHT
Good job, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson! Your daughters -- Asia, Ashley and Akacia combined for 40 of Durant's 49 points Tuesday night, even if it wasn't enough to overcome Plant. Asia had eight points, Ashley had 13 and added 14 rebounds, and Akacia led the clan with 18 points. The Cougars are 7-5 and had won five of six games heading into last night.

 
TEAM OF THE NIGHT
The Wharton girls soccer team peaked at just the right time last season, and may be doing so a little earlier this season. The Wildcats handed Plant its first loss of the season Tuesday night, 2-1 on goals by Laura Johnson (her sixth) and Natalie Humphrey (her fourth). The Panthers were 9-0 and had outscored opponents 37-1 entering the match with Wharton, including wins over Newsome and Plant CIty, two teams that have defeated Wharton. The Wildcats' (9-3-2) other loss was to Steinbrenner. St. Petersburg Catholic (state runner-up last year) will be the third team on Wharton's schedule (they play Friday) that played for a state championship last season, including Steinbrenner and Newsome.
 
HONORABLE MENTION: Another unbeaten season took a tumble Tuesday night as the Wiregrass Ranch girls hoops team beat no-longer-perfect Freedom 56-53 in two overtimes. The Patriots were 8-0 and have played only one game closer than 19 points, but they couldn't overcome Kelly McCaffery's clutch steal in the second OT and her 19 points. The Bulls were strong on the glass Tuesday, with McCaffery (11), Amanda Melosky (11) and Logan Seoane (12) all getting double-digit rebounds.
 
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT
Jarron King had 13 points and 14 rebounds to help Seminole over Pinellas Park. We're hearing Josh Walker might have something good going on over there in Seminole, which has only lost to perennial state semifinalist Tampa Prep and St. Petersburg (by four points in overtime). But I'm picking King because I really want a reason to show you this 10-second video of the junior forward blocking....errr, palming an opponent's shot. It's kinda sweet.
 
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
From @Tornadogeneral, otherwise known as Clearwater coach Allen Carden: Man it was nice to get a W tonite. 71-47 over NE. It feels like 100 yrs since we won. Def intensity was off charts. Kids played guts out.
The Tornadoes knocked off Northeast behind 15 points by Steve Bradford, snapping a three-game losing streak. Clearwater had a three-game losing streak last year and opened the 2009-10 season with three straight losses, but had never lost four in a row under Carden.
 
OFF THE GRID(IRON) PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: St. Petersburg's David Jones scored 15 of St. Petersburg's 47 points in the Green Devils win Tuesday night.
 
NUMBERS OF THE DAY
0 --  East Lake boys basketball outscored Palm Harbor University 16-0 in the first quarter Tuesday night, only to be outdone by Jesuit, which led Middleton 44-0 at halftime.
11 -- players who scored for Lakewood in its boys basketball win, and number of players that scored for Gibbs in their win.
1,000 -- Pinellas Park's Corey Edwards got to the 1,000-point mark for his career by swishing a 3. That's how you do it.
 
TOP 10
1. Boca Ciega's Dallas Moore scored 38 points, best in the Bay Tuesday night, and nailed five 3-pointers.
2. There was a lot of excitement when Michael Clark transferred from Tampa Catholic to Bogie in the middle of football season, and here's why: he had 20 of his 26 points in the second half for the Pirates, who could be scary good by season's end.
3. Noah Weller, coming off a 25-pount outing against Clearwater, scored 21 for Seminole in the win over Pinellas Park.
4. Ernest McClendon scored 19 in a win for Land O'Lakes
5. Raezhine Tucker and Jessica Takdari both scored 21 points to lead the Gibbs girls over Northeast.
6. Nicole Adams who? Kayla Kivinski had 22 for Gulf in its win over Anclote. (And we kid, we kid, we know Adams is irreplaceable)
7. Rico Kerney can fill it up. He had 27 points in Wiregrass Ranch's win over Freedom, begging the question: Is he the best player in Pasco County? (Yeah, I know, Mitchell's Jake Driscoll scored 51 when they played Wiregrass Ranch, I'm just throwing it out there.)
8. Brandon McWhorter (27) and Chris Gregory (24) led high-flying Anclote over Gulf in a neighborhood rivalry game.
9. Kristen Scholl did the double-double thing, getting 21 and 10 in Indian Rocks Christian's win.
10. Lexi Panico dropped in 17 in the Countryside girls hoops win.

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