TAMPA — Heading into Wednesday night’s nondistrict game against Tampa Bay Tech, Sickles coach Mark Key said he could look down his schedule and have a tough time picking out a win over a great team this season.
But with the district tournament looming next week, the Gryphons chose their regular-season finale to play perhaps their best game of the season against one of Hillsborough County’s top teams.
Senior Duke recruit Amber Henson scored a career-high 37, pacing Sickles to a 72-56 win over the host Titans.
With leading scorer Bre Crum on the bench with three fouls just nine minutes into the game, the 6-foot-4 Henson took over the game by leading Sickles to a 21-5 second-period run and scoring 15 in the quarter as the Gryphons took a 40-24 halftime lead.
“As long as I’ve had Amber here, I don’t think she’s shot the ball as well as she did early on,” Key said. “She was on fire. She was playing well. The whole team was playing well.”
Crum paced the Gryphons (15-9) in the second half, scoring 15 of her 17 after halftime.
Coming off a disappointing eight-point loss to Tampa Catholic on Monday — a game in which Sickles shot 29 percent from the field — the Gryphons wanted to make sure they went into the postseason with a win.
“It makes us feel good going into district play with a big win,” Key said.
Sophomore Erica Young led TBT with 11 points, while senior Dasia Daniels added 10 for the Titans (17-7).