RIVERVIEW — For what Tampa Bay Tech coach Reggie Lawrence called “basically a brand new team,” he knew the biggest challenge early this season wouldn’t have anything to do with talent or execution. It would simply be an issue of getting the Titans to play cohesively.
If Thursday night was any indication, it didn’t take long for TBT to overcome that obstacle.
Led by senior guard Shaunice Hobbs’ 17 points, four Titans scored in double figures as TBT (9-1) easily blew past Spoto (5-2) 79-33.
Lawrence said he was “definitely” happy with his team’s performance, especially considering its youth — he starts a freshman and a sophomore in his frontcourt.
“This is one of the better games that we’ve played all season long,” Lawrence said. “They’re finally starting to jell and come together and play four quarters. We’d been having a problem of playing two quarters out of the four, but they finally put it all together tonight.”
Sophomore center Erica Young scored 14, senior guard Dasia Daniels added 10 and freshman center Brianna Thomas chipped in 10 off the bench. TBT was too much for Spoto, as the Titans jumped out to a 12-2 lead and finished the first half ahead by 13.
The Spartans scored only nine after the break, due in part to the team’s severe foul trouble. By the end of the third quarter, three starters had fouled out. Senior forward Brianna Thomas led the Spartans with 14 and junior guard Chelsea White added 13, but Spoto was simply outmatched.
“That’s a good team. Spoto can put up some points,” Lawrence said. “Our defense stepped up. We did a lot of little things, got hustle points and just took care of business.”