TAMPA — Tampa Prep was without starting guard Josh Heath for Thursday night's region quarterfinal against Santa Fe Catholic.
But the absence of one of their best players didn't matter much as the Terrapins overwhelmed Santa Fe Catholic 60-36.
Tampa Prep didn't waste time as it began with a 14-1 run. But while the Terrapins started on fire, Santa Fe Catholic was just the opposite. The Hawks failed to make a basket until nearly four minutes into the first quarter and finished the period with only five points.
Devontae Morgan came up big for the Terrapins, especially in the first half. Morgan scored 14 of his game-high 20 during the frame.
The Terrapins defense was the cause of much of the Hawks' offensive struggles. From the opening tip, Tampa Prep used full-court pressure to force Santa Fe Catholic into numerous turnovers and rushed shots. Tampa Prep led by 10 at halftime.
"That's how we've played all year," Terps coach Joe Fenton said. "We feel like with our lack of size, we need to get out and apply pressure."
In the third quarter, Tampa Prep again used full-court pressure to regain control. The Terps began the third quarter by going on a 16-5 run to break the game wide open.
Mike McCollum, Times correspondent