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TEAM OF THE NIGHT: It's been a long time since the Pasco girls basketball team has been this hot. When did Jackie Pugh and Ebony Adams graduate again? Anyway, this year's version improved to 10-0 Wednesday night by knocking out Land O'Lakes 45-37 thanks to a well-timed fourth quarter 12-0 run. Not only did the Pirates top last season's win total in the process, they beat the Gators after four years of beatdowns. Since Pasco's last victory, a 49-48 triumph in 2007, the Gators have beaten Pasco by 32, 21, 42, 46 and 37 points. Ouch. The Pirates ended that streak by shooting just 25 percent, with leading scorers Brianca Roberts scoring 16 (on 8-for-31 shooting) and AllahonMarbra scoring 12 (on 5-for-20 shooting). The duo did have 13 steals, though.
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: We're going with CCC football player Devon Garnett, and not just because his dad works at the paper. Kid had two interceptions last night in the county all-star game, and this gives us another chance to show you his acting chops, which are, well, award-winning.
DOUBLEHEADER OF THE NIGHT: When the Palm Harbor University boys and girls took on the Osceola boys and girls in soccer Wednesday night, you were watching four teams that were a remarkable 34-0-5 combined. Wow! Lucky for the boys, this is soccer, so both teams finished the night still unbeaten as they played to a 1-1 tie. The Hurricanes got a goal from Robert Sennabaum, and Osceola nullified that with one from Adam Stephney. Both teams are 7-0-3.
On the girls side, the Warriors weren't so lucky. They surrendered one goal, to Skryd, but it was all PHU needed in a 1-0 victory. The Hurricane girls continue to coast along, and are now 11-0-3, while Osceola dropped to 10-1-0 with a big neighborhood rivalry game looming Friday against Seminole.
OFF THE GRID(IRON): You know how you try and put a 69-0 loss in the state championship game behind you? By scoring 20 points and leading your team to a victory over Brooks-Debartolo, like Admiral Farragut's Alvin Cunningham did.
NUMBER OF THE NIGHT: .853. That was the combined free-throw shooting percentage in the Gibbs-Boca Ciega game, with the teams making 35-of-41 attempts.
1. Steinbrenner won its eighth straight girls basketball game, and 6-foot junior Bailey Hooker scored a season-high 34 points for the Warriors. Hooker is averaging 23.4 points and 6 rebounds a game.
2. Even without arguably its best player (Gary Simon was off gallivanting on the football field for the South All-Stars), Gibbs beat Bogie 61-52, as Darrel Fuller stepped up with 15 points.
3. Noah Weller scored 19 to lead Seminole over Palm Harbor, and is now averaging 22 over his last three games.
4. Alonso's Gregory Robinson made seven 3-pointers and outscored Chamberlain's Reggie Hart 23-22, but the Ravens lost 56-53 despite an 8-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
5. Francisco Gonzalez dropped in 21 for Leto in a loss to Steinbrenner
6. Leslie Kvinge scored 16 and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the line, to lead Seminole over Dixie Hollins, which got 24 from
7. Clarice Devine had 25 for the Chamberlain girls, which snapped a three-game losing streak to beat Alonso, despite 24 points from Thea Dirani.
8. Top 10 regular Rico Kerney (24) and Christian Parra (22) led Wiregrass Ranch to a 2-point victory over Sunlake.
9. St. Petersburg's Abigail Keller scored four goals, and Kira Schmitz scored three as the Green Devil girls beat Gibbs.
10. Not to be outdone, St. Petersburg boy's player Thomas White had his own hat trick.