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Thu. February 9, 2012 | Times Staff

Girls region basketball
3A, Indian Rocks Christian 51, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 22:
The Golden Eagles bounced back from an embarrassing district loss to St. Petersburg Catholic, playing what coach Phil Farver called his team’s most complete game of the season. Kristen Scholl scored 21 and Rachel Boyette and Tori Trador added 10 each to lead IRC. The win wipes away the memory of Friday’s 50-43 district final loss to the Barons, in which IRC scored four points in the second half. “We did everything we had to do to win the game,” Farver said. “Our players really responded.”

3A, St. Petersburg Catholic 58, Bradenton Christian 21: The Barons cruised in their first regional test. Brittney Dunbar led all scorers with 16 points. Katie Gibbons added 13 and Annie Artise had 11. Overall, 10 players scored for SPC.

8A, East Lake 57, Wharton 42: The Eagles led by only a point at halftime, but a defensive switch helped them pull away in the second half. East Lake changed to a tight man-to-man defense and outscored Wharton 17-4 in the third quarter. “That was the big difference,” East Lake coach Steve Plummer said. “We were playing a halfcourt trap and they were killing us from the outside. We put the pressure on them in the second half.” Jenny Pavlik led East Lake with 16 points. Three other players, Emily Dine (14), Amber Jennings (13) and Marlyce Meredith (12), also scored in double figures.

6A, Jefferson 64, Largo 43: The Dragons were able to shake off another slow first quarter and pull away by the end. Jefferson alternated between a 1-3-1 zone and man-to-man defense to slow the Packers’ shooters, who were hot from 3-point range. Shayla Wilson led the Dragons with 20 points, and Shayla Upshaw and Chantrell Frazier added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

2A, Naples First Baptist Academy 41, Canterbury 25: The Crusaders hung on for three quarters then faded to end their season. Canterbury (13-9) trailed 27-22 heading to the fourth quarter but were outscored 14-3 in the final quarter. Emily Winesett scored 10 and Kelsey Hill added nine for the Crusaders.

HomeTeam Hotshots
Standout performances from Thursday night

Jenny Pavlik, East Lake: Pavlik picked a good night to have a big game. She scored 16 and added 10 rebounds, well above her average, in the region quarterfinal win over Wharton.

Kasey Drayton, Lakewood: Drayton seldom missed against Robinson. She scored 24 points, 20 in the first half, and hit two 3-pointers in Lakewood’s blowout win.

Kristen Scholl, Indian Rocks Christian: Scholl was huge in a 51-22 win over Sarasota Cardinal Mooney. She scored 21 to pick up the scoring slack left by the injury to Jessica Logemann.

Tyra Bolden, Clearwater: Scored 11 to help the Tornadoes beat Freedom.

Emily Winesett, Canterbury: Led her team in scoring with 10 points.

By the numbers

0 Points St. Petersburg Catholic allowed in the third quarter against Bradenton Christian
11 Seasons since East Lake last won in the region quarterfinals (2001)
16 Straight seasons Clearwater has won in the region quarterfinals, the longest streak in the county

Compiled by staff writers Rodney Page, Bob Putnam and Laura Keeley.
Standout performance? Milestone achievement? Coaches are asked to call 1-800-333-7505, ext. 8123 no later than 11 each night to ensure their team is included in our roundup of memorable performances.

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