Clear83° FULL FORECASTClear83° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

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 izzygould@gmail.com or (813) 760-3828.

Tampa Bay Tech48
Wharton35

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

© 2016 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...