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5A-8 basketball semifinals: Coach sparks Tampa Bay Tech into final

TAMPA — Ultimately, she knew the dispute was lost.

But Tampa Bay Tech coach Heather Glezen saw an opportunity to win and made a nice coaching move — sternly debating with a referee long enough to delay the game.

It proved to be the Titans' motivator down the stretch of a 48-35 win against Wharton.

Wharton had cut a 12-point deficit to four, but the Titans went on a 11-2 run to close the game and reach the final against Armwood tonight at 7.

TBT finished with a fury.

"I started talking about this being our gym," Glezen said. "I think the controversy helped them see I was going to bat for them. I was willing to do my part, and it put a fire underneath their butt."

The dispute revolved around whether Wildcats freshman Abbey Kaczmarek had picked up her fifth foul. The official book kept by TBT (21-4) showed four fouls, and Kaczmarek, who had a team-high 11 points, remained in the game.

TBT got the bulk of its scoring from guards Leria Jenrette (14 points) and Katrina Kent (10). The Wildcats (12-12) also had 10 points from junior Stasha Sharp and nine from guard Carla Rothacker.

ARMWOOD 40, NEWSOME 29: Many Hawks, including coach Billy Teeden, fought colds to earn a spot in the final.

The Hawks (21-3) watched a 14-point lead in the third quarter shrink to six with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left after a 3-pointer by guard Kelsey Rodriguez.

Armwood held Newsome (13-11) to one score the rest of the way and got a balanced attack led by guard Chante Lumpkin's team-high 12 points.

Wolves senior forward Dana Williams had 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Izzy Gould can be reached at or (813) 760-3828.

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5A-8 basketball semifinals: Coach sparks Tampa Bay Tech into final 02/06/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 6, 2009 11:32pm]
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