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1074815 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2010-02-21 03:02:41.0 UTC 2010-02-20T22:02:41.000-05:00 4a-girls-basketball-wesley-chapel-falls-in-region-final-a-third-straight Published 2010-02-21 04:06:19.0 UTC 2010-02-20T23:06:19.000-05:00 sports/basketball/preps DTI 59977226 OCALA — Shantel Houston emerged from the locker room looking disgusted. There were no tears, just a pair of fiery eyes searching for the prey that had just made its slippery escape. Houston, Wesley Chapel's lone senior, also happens to be the one player in program history to play in three region finals. After Saturday's 50-38 loss at Ocala Vanguard, the Wildcats' third consecutive region final loss, Houston thought of those previous defeats to Winter Haven and Lake Howell, then unloaded. "I think this is the only time we actually could have gotten over the hump," Houston said. "We know we could have won." The overwhelming issue for Wesley Chapel (25-4) was turnovers. And the toughest part for Wildcats coach Karim Nohra to stomach was watching his two most experienced players — Houston and Hannah Noble — make key mistakes. "They were absolutely beatable," Nohra said. "We didn't do it tonight. …The juniors and seniors really didn't come to play tonight and that's the difference." One example was the end of the second quarter. Wesley Chapel had possession and a chance to tie and perhaps even take a one-point lead into the locker room. Noble made an untimely pass to a teammate looking in another direction. The ball went out of bounds and Nohra almost ripped his hair out. The worst part? Vanguard (29-0) came down, made a few quick passes with the ball rolling off the fingertips of Adriana Bell for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a 27-22 lead. "That boosted us up at halftime," Knights guard Jazzmin Bethea said. "That got us pumped to come back and play harder and stronger after the half." Vanguard continued to chip away in the final 16 minutes thanks to a solid starting five, including a game-high 16 points from Bethea. Wildcats freshmen Simone Brown and Andrea Mauger each scored 11. Houston finished with four and Noble with nine points, all in the first quarter. "The young puppies ought to see this is nothing more than a regular old game," Nohra said. "If you psych yourself out you're not going to play your best. Hopefully, they'll have many more of these opportunities." Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or (813) 421-3886. By Izzy Gould, Times Staff Writer Preps,Pasco,Basketball,Hernando,Sports 4A girls basketball: Wesley Chapel falls in region final a third straight year TJOHNSONN For the third straight year, the region finals prove to be the undoing of the Wildcats. 4STC Sports djj3hhnfudfn djj3h Familiar ending for Wesley Chapel Pasco 8 nsc_4Avanguard022110 Familiar ending for Wesley Chapel 2010-02-21 05:00:00.0 UTC 2010-02-21T00:00:00.000-05:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2010/02/20/59977226-4a-girls-basketball-wesley-chapel-falls-in-region-final-a-third-straight StaffArticle sports,basketballBasketballsports,preps,basketballHigh School Basketballsports,prepsHigh School SportsOCALA — Shantel Houston emerged from the locker room looking disgusted.Preps,Pasco,Basketball,Hernando,SportsPreps,Pasco,Basketball,Hernando,Sports<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">IZZY GOULD</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2289496 2016-08-15 03:35:34.0 UTC 2 Weeks Ago gibbs-high-grad-trayvon-bromell-makes-olympic-100-meter-final sports/olympics Usain Bolt wins record third straight 100-meter gold; St. Petersburg's Trayvon Bromell last in final StaffArticle 2290337 2016-08-20 03:55:02.0 UTC 1 Week Ago preseason-football-citrus-17-wesley-chapel-14 sports/footballpreps Preseason football: Citrus 17, Wesley Chapel 14 StaffArticle 2287861 2016-08-02 22:39:04.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago wesley-chapel-man-takes-spring-hill-open-bowling-title sports/community Wesley Chapel man takes Spring Hill Open bowling title StaffArticle <p>OCALA — Shantel Houston emerged from the locker room looking disgusted.</p> <p>There were no tears, just a pair of fiery eyes searching for the prey that had just made its slippery escape.</p> <p>Houston, Wesley Chapel's lone senior, also happens to be the one player in program history to play in three region finals.</p> <p>After Saturday's 50-38 loss at Ocala Vanguard, the Wildcats' third consecutive region final loss, Houston thought of those previous defeats to Winter Haven and Lake Howell, then unloaded.</p> <p>&quot;I think this is the only time we actually could have gotten over the hump,&quot; Houston said. &quot;We know we could have won.&quot;</p> <p>The overwhelming issue for Wesley Chapel (25-4) was turnovers. And the toughest part for Wildcats coach Karim Nohra to stomach was watching his two most experienced players — Houston and Hannah Noble — make key mistakes.</p> <p>&quot;They were absolutely beatable,&quot; Nohra said. &quot;We didn't do it tonight. …The juniors and seniors really didn't come to play tonight and that's the difference.&quot;</p> <p>One example was the end of the second quarter.</p> <p>Wesley Chapel had possession and a chance to tie and perhaps even take a one-point lead into the locker room.</p> <p>Noble made an untimely pass to a teammate looking in another direction. The ball went out of bounds and Nohra almost ripped his hair out.</p> <p>The worst part? Vanguard (29-0) came down, made a few quick passes with the ball rolling off the fingertips of Adriana Bell for a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and a 27-22 lead.</p> <p>&quot;That boosted us up at halftime,&quot; Knights guard Jazzmin Bethea said. &quot;That got us pumped to come back and play harder and stronger after the half.&quot;</p> <p>Vanguard continued to chip away in the final 16 minutes thanks to a solid starting five, including a game-high 16 points from Bethea.</p> <p>Wildcats freshmen Simone Brown and Andrea Mauger each scored 11. Houston finished with four and Noble with nine points, all in the first quarter.</p> <p>&quot;The young puppies ought to see this is nothing more than a regular old game,&quot; Nohra said. &quot;If you psych yourself out you're not going to play your best. Hopefully, they'll have many more of these opportunities.&quot;</p> <p><i>Izzy Gould can be reached at igould@tampabay.com or</i> <i> (813) 421-3886.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 06:01:43