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Tue. December 13, 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. See, I can't make this any easier for you, unless I clone myself and come to your front door and ask how you did last night. Which, by the way, I will do if you send me your address. I'll even bring donuts and coffee.
 
PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: Heck, this could be player of the month the way Chamberlain's Reggie Hart is filling up the basket. Monday night, Hart, a junior, scored 32 points on a 62-56 win over Steinbrenner. Last week against Wiregrass Ranch he had 32 (including 16 of 18 from the free throw line) and had a season-high 37 in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. That's 46 percent of his team's points in the last three games for Hart, who is averaging 29.6 points a game on the season, 13 more a game than he averaged last season.
 
TEAM OF THE NIGHT: The Shorecrest boys basketball team went into the fourth quarter trailing rival Northside Christian by 13, but rallied to tie, then outscored the Mustangs 23-11 in overtime for a 103-91 victory. Ricky Quiroz led the Chargers with 33 points, 27 of those coming on 3-pointers (5) and free throws (12 of 14). Johnny Koenig added 19 and Jay Joyer had 18 as the Chargers made 30 of 36 free throws in the rally. The 103 points was the most Shorecrest has scored since getting 84 in a win over Brooks-Debartolo in 2010.
 
HONORABLE MENTION:: Hey now, Strawberry Crest. The Chargers put a 20-point whupping on previously unbeaten Wharton Monday night, 65-45, behind 25 from Brandon Channer and 17 from Roosevelt Mitchell. The Wildcats, winners of 17 of 18 dating to last season (as well as 18 straight against Tampa Bay compeititon), haven't lost this badly to a Hillsborough County team since 2009, when King beat them 45-23 in David Bastian's last season as head coach.
 
FUTBOL: Seven players scored goals for the Palm Harbor University boys soccer team Monday night, improving the Hurricanes' record to 7-0-2. The girls team is 9-0-3, giving the combined soccer programs a 16-0-5 record, or as they call it in Palm Harbor, "The Usual". 
 
DOMINATIN': Wharton's boys soccer team lost twice in a tournament at Montverde, but is 7-0-1 against Hillsborough County teams, outscoring them 27-2. They host Plant tonight.
 
OFF THE GRID(IRON): While one gridiron blue chipper (Nelson Agholor) prepares to make his season debut on the hardwood, another is already off to a blazing start. St. Petersburg Catholic's Ryan Green is averaging 26.3 points per game, 6.5 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 3.8 steals for the Barons, with a couple of dunks per game. Green is coming off his best game of the season, a win over Indian Rocks last week in which he 30 points on 12-of-13 shooting, the only miss coming from 3-point range.
 
TOP TEN
1. Northside Christian's Ryan Wilkerson did his part Monday, scoring 26 with seven 3-pointers in the loss to Shorecrest.
2. Brandon Channer is staking his claim as the best in Hillsborough County
3. Zarko Stojakovic had 15 points and 13 rebounds as Armwood nearly pulled off the upset of unbeaten Sickles before falling 47-46, unable to overcome 17 points by Daniel Harris.
4. Malcom Carney scored 27, and the Gaither boys won, 59-46.
5. Baylee Hooker poured in 28 points thanks to 5 three-pointers in the Warriors 67-40 win over Chamberlain.
6. Aspen Hedges put up 21 points in Northeast's win over Pinellas Park.
7. The Northside boys may have lost a heartbreaker, but the girls didn't, thanks to Charlotte Joosten's 19 points.
8. Jeffrey Golden had 24 points for Northside Christian.
9. The Tarpon Springs duo of Zoe LaKakis (19) and Eleni Karavokiros (12) combined for 31 in the Spongers' win over River Ridge.
10. Rashad Green led King to its first win of the season, 77-48 over Jefferson, with a game-high 19.
 
John C. Cotey can be reached at 727-580-3691 or cotey@tampabay.com

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