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Wed. December 12, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

Boy, the hoopsters were hitting last night. Lots of big games, and one little game from someone who usually turns in big games.

Here's your second-to-last Morning Meanderings of the year. But we will be out at Freedom's girls game Thursday against Steinbrenner. Look us up.

PLAYER OF THE NIGHT

Wesley Chapel's Erik Thomas kind of went off last night.

The 6-foot-5 senior, about as good an inside player as there is in Tampa Bay, scored 45 points and grabbed 26 rebounds in a win over Gulf. He shot 16-for-27 from the floor and made 12 of 14 free throws.

But get this: it's not his first 40-point, 20-rebound game this season. It's his second.

In a row!

Five days ago, Thomas went for what was then a career-high 41 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in a win over Fivay.

For the season, Thomas is averaging 31.8 points and 18 rebounds in nine games.

MIND BLOWING STAT OF THE NIGHT

Faith Woodard only had nine points in a 65-18 blowout win over Wiregrass Ranch, which is understandable considering the margin of victory. But how unusual is that?

Really, really unusual. Like, Halley's Comet unusual. Or Lindsay Lohan not getting arrested unusual. 

The single-digit effort snapped a string of 82 consecutive regular-season games in which the Freedom senior had scored in double figures. The last time she failed to do so was the only other time in her high school career she failed to put up double-digit points: Dec. 1, 2009, when she scored eight for Riverview, her freshman season, in a 58-20 win. (She missed six of eight free throws, if you're wondering how that happened.)

So, that means in 84 high school games - unofficially - Woodard has dropped at least 10 points 82 times. And if you're counting playoff games, it's 84 for 87, as Haines City held her to four points in last year's playoff loss.

RODERICK RULES

Sssssh, don't look now, but the Brandon boys are back. After going 24-5 in 2007-08, the Eagles have posted four straight losing  seasons, including going 9-15 last year. But behind 6-foot-8 junior Roderick Davis and senior guard Avewry Bolton, the Eagles are off to a 6-0 start.

And lest you think they are fattening up on some easy early-season competition, consider: in their past two wins, the Eagles handed East Bay and Armwood their only losses of the season.

Here are some video highlights from their 42-39 win over Armwood on Monday, with a few dunks -- including a vicious alley-oop -- by the aforementioned Mr. Davis, who is wearing No. 35.

TOP SCORERS FROM TUESDAY NIGHT

BOYS

Erik Thomas, Wesley Chapel 44

Matt Cassity, Seminole 32 (on eight 3-pointers)

Adonis Welch, Carrollwood Day 27

Jared Gregory, Lakewood 27

John Childs, River Ridge 25

Jordan leston, Clearwater 23

Tymere Carter, Anclote 23

Jack Fleming, Jesuit 22

Jay Joyer, Shorecrest 22

Christian Renner, Canterbury 21

Curtis Walls, Cambridge 21

Andrew Sanders, Plant  21 (and 15 rebounds)

Keith Harrington, Northeast 21

Gary Wintermeier, CCC 21

Alex Mitura, Plant  20

Ben Kieler, CCC 20

GIRLS

Alicia Artley, Fivay 30

Taylor Emery, Freedom 30

Caroline Shelton, Indian Rocks Christian 26

Ivey Green, Countryside 22

Savannah Plentovich, Calvary Christian 20

Yasmine Moore, Tarpon Springs 20

Haley Gossard, Northside Christian 19

John C. Cotey does Morning Meanderings, so hit him up at johncotey@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @JohnnyHomeTeam 

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