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Thu. January 28, 2010 | John C. Cotey | Email

TEAM OF THE NIGHT

Boca Ciega girls hoops, and not because the Pirates beat Palm Harbor University, but because St. Petersburg beat Lakewood 35-30. The Pirates now appear headed to the Pinellas County Athletic Conference title game as the south representaive to meet Clearwater, a berth that Lakewood let slip away. The Spartans are the only team to beat Bogie this season, and needed to only beat the Green Devils to get a crack at the conference title. But it looks like the better team is going, as the Pirates have won 16 straight since that Lakewood loss, and the Spartans could only make 3 of 15 free throws against St. Petersburg.

Hmmmm...it appears there is a three-way for the PCAC spot from the South now that St. Pete has beaten Lakewood, so Bogie may be going. They may not be. Same for St. Petersburg and Lakewood. Since Bogie beat St. Pete, and St. Pete beat Lakewood, and Lakewood beat Bogie, we have one of those messes the PCAC is famous for (see Harbor, Palm and soccer, girls).

The Meanderings is recalling its projection that Bogie is in the PCAC. The polls have not closed. We'll keep you posted.

IT'S OFFICIAL. Bogie is our team of the night. They get PCAC bid, as originally reported by Meanderings, and even get to host.

REINSTATING: Boca Ciega girls hoops, and not because the Pirates beat Palm Harbor University, but because St. Petersburg beat Lakewood 35-30. The Pirates now appear headed to the will host Pinellas County Athletic Conference title game as the south representative against Clearwater, a berth that Lakewood let slip away. The Spartans are the only team to beat Bogie this season, and needed to only beat the Green Devils to get a crack at the conference title. But it looks like the better team is going, as the Pirates have won 16 straight since that Lakewood loss, and the Spartans could only make 3 of 15 free throws against St. Petersburg.

PLAYER OF THE NIGHT

Hillsborough senior Adolphus Barnes was pretty average (I'm being generous) in his first nine games, scoring just 32 points. In his last nine, however, he has 102 points, including a career-high 27 Wednesday night in a win over Robinson. Barnes, shooting under 50 percent from the free-throw line this season coming in, made 7 of 8 for the Terriers.

BALLERS

1. If I were compiling a list of girls basketball players who don't get the attention they deserve, St. Petersburg's Kamika Idom and Kamyia Smith would be right near the top of the list. Idom had a game-high 18 points and Smith had seven as the Green Devils upset Lakewood.

2. PHU boys soccer sophomore Robert Sennabaum had two assists, but it was senior captains Ben Sweat and P.J. McDonald that delivered the biggest blows in a district semifinal win over Sarasota Riverview -- Sweat with a goal to break a 2-2 tie, and McDonald with a goal five minutes later to break the Rams spirit.

3. In a meeting between two of the top three scorers in Pinellas County, Boca Ciega's Tamara Taylor is the easy winner, outscoring Palm Harbor University's Sharee Booze 35-4. Taylor made five 3-pointers; Booze was coming off a season-high 37 points the night before.

4. Seminole's Laurie Thornton scored a team-high 16 as the Warhawks ended their regular season with a victory over Largo.

5. Gulf's David Ramirez can't score 47 every night (like he did Tuesday), but he'll take the 27 he put up Wednesday in a loss to Wiregrass Ranch.

6. Eric Williams of Wiregrass Ranch had 21 as the still-perfect-in-2010 Bulls beat Gulf.

7. Plant junior midfielder Hayden Griewe was one of four Panthers to convert penalty kicks in a district semifinal win, but his clinched the outcome.

8. Oliver Ortiz scored twice in the first half for Steinbrenner in its win. Brett Durrance scored twice in the first half for Jesuit in its win. Friday night, the two shall meet in a highly-anticipated rematch of the Warriors' 2-1 win earlier this season.

9. A hat trick for Gaither junior Jordan See in his team's district semifinal win. Now he gets to try against nationally-ranked Sickles in the final.

10. Theo Wells did See one better, scoring four times in Berkeley Prep's semifinal rout.

NUMBERS

84 -- percentage of Bogie's girls basketball points scored by Taylor and Latavia Dempsey (who had 19, giving the tandem 54 of the 64 points)

20 -- percent is what shooting 3-for-15 from the free-throw line is. Ick.

41 -- points Tampa Catholic scored in the second half against Gulf after being outscored 20-11 in the first. TC won 52-36.

74 -- points by Gulf's Ramirez in a 24-hour span.

RANDOMNESS

1. I still can't understand why the Lakewood girls basketball team didn't take the chance during the MLK event it recently hosted to play Bogie again. Instead, the Spartans took Saturday off and merely watched some lopsided games that really benefitted no one. The Spartans have been prone to the playoff flameout in recent years (they didn't go last year) and have some very talented young players that could have surely benefitted from another game with their archrivals. If they are going to get past an A+ team like Jefferson in the playoffs (and right now they won't), they need to be tough enough to get past a B+ team like St. Petersburg in a clutch situation.

2. There are few things in life more steady, consistent and reliable than success from the boys and girls soccer programs at Seminole, Countryside, East Lake and Palm Harbor University.

3. I still say some colleges are really missing out on Lakewood football standout Bernard Reedy. Mark my words.

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