Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

3A girls basketball: St. Petersburg Catholic comes up short in comeback

TAMPA — The problem with digging a hole too deep is that even when a team climbs out of it, there isn't much energy left to close the deal.

That was the lesson St. Petersburg Catholic learned Tuesday night. Once down by 17 in the third quarter at Tampa Catholic, the Barons improbably fought back to within two after a Jerica Coley basket with 6:43 left. But that was as close as SPC got thanks to a 7-0 TC run, which allowed the Crusaders to gut out a 60-56 win that sends them into the Class 3A region finals.

"I think we ran out of gas," SPC coach Nick Vandewalle said.

The meeting was the fourth this season between the teams, and TC (27-2) emerged with a 3-1 record, including a victory in the District 10 final. The close games can be illustrated with one statistic: In them, TC scored only four more points than SPC.

"It's always been a good rivalry," TC forward Sarah Brennan said.

For much of the first 21/2 quarters of Tuesday's game, it appeared TC would win with ease. Behind six first-half 3-pointers, three from guard Colette Eule (20 points), the Crusaders built a 32-19 halftime lead, then went up 38-21 two minutes into the third.

Cold to start the game, suddenly SPC (20-5) couldn't miss, and behind Coley (24 points) and forward Annie Artise (12) the Barons chipped away and chipped away. During SPC's surge, TC seemed a bit shellshocked, committing numerous turnovers against the Barons' full-court pressure.

"We started playing Barons basketball," Vandewalle said.

Coley's 8-foot jumper made it 46-44 TC.

But Micah Kroll answered with a 3-pointer to stop the bleeding, allowing the Crusaders to regain their composure.

SPC, which was without starting forward Nikki Parker (torn ACL), got within three before TC iced it at the line.

"I'm proud of our girls," Vandewalle said. "They played their guts out."

3A girls basketball: St. Petersburg Catholic comes up short in comeback 02/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Strange case: Bucs could face nemesis Case Keenum again


    Who, you might wonder, will be the first NFL quarterback to beat Jameis Winston three times?

    Case Keenum of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass in the first half Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. [Getty Images]
  2. USF men's basketball gets off lightly with NCAA


    Former USF men's basketball coach Orlando Antigua, center, with former assistants Oliver Antigua, left, and Rod Strickland during a game at the Sun Dome on Nov. 9, 2015. (Octavio Jones, Times)
  3. Toledo feels like a second season opener for Miami Hurricanes


    LAKE BUENA VISTA - The schedule says Week 4, but it sure doesn't feel that way for the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes.

    The Miami Hurricanes suit up for practice Tuesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex
  4. HomeTeam 25: Volleyball rankings for Tampa Bay

    Volleyball Preps

    1. Plant (2-0)

    TAMPA - Berkeley Prep senior Isabella Samson looks for an opening against Walton High from Georgia during the championship final on Saturday at the Berkeley Premier tournament. Walton, ranked No. 1 in the country by, went on to defeat the Bucs 25-16, 25-18. Taken 9-16-17 by Scott Purks
  5. For ex-Rays/now Cubs manager Joe Maddon, the legacy is in the jeans


    Joe Maddon has plenty of memories of his time at the Trop during nine years of managing the Rays. "Too many to count,'' he said.