LAKELAND — Tenoroc High coach Vic Smith had heard great things about St. Petersburg Catholic star senior Jerica Coley.
On Thursday, he saw for himself the reports were not exaggerated.
Coley scored a game-high 39 points to lead the Barons to an 82-64 victory in the Class 3A region quarterfinals.
Next up for St. Petersburg Catholic: yet another meeting with Tampa Catholic, which edged the Barons by a point for the district title last week.
"We didn't run out of gas," said Smith, whose team finished 19-7. "We ran into Coley. The scouting reports said she was the ice cream, cake and sliced bread. They didn't lie."
Coley led two Baron runs that turned the tide in the game.
First, she scored five straight points to pace an 11-0 run that gave the Barons a 29-15 lead in the second quarter.
Later, when Tenoroc cut the deficit to 52-48, Coley scored eight points in the decisive 21-0 run that put the game away.
Arielle Durant led Tenoroc with 23 points.