Class 5A, district 8 Titans too tough to topple for Wolves
GIBSONTON — Newsome put up a fight until the very end Friday in the 5A-8 district semifinals, but Tampa Bay Tech had too much firepower, prevailing 65-42.
Tech also notched a season sweep of the Wolves, winning all three meetings.
The Titans led the Wolves 12-1 with 1:09 left in the first quarter and never looked back as they dominated inside. At the end of the first half the Titans were up 31-13. The Wolves simply had no answer for the Titans' offensive scheme.
"We just did what we've been doing all season long, pushing the ball up and down the court and then feeding it inside to our post player," said Titans coach Reggie Lawrence.
Dasia Daniels led the Titans in scoring with 19 points, while teammate Dasha Christopher added 12 points.
The Titans connected on 19 field goals, four 3-pointers and went 13-of-24 from the free-throw line. The majority of the Titans' points came from several offensive rebounds from 6-foot center J.J. Rodriguez, who also scored seven points.
The Wolves' leading scorers were Kelsey Rodriguez and Ilana Aramati, each with 11.
The Titans face Durant, which dispatched Riverview in the other semifinal, tonight for the title. TBT beat the Cougars twice this season, most recently 55-42 on Jan. 20.
"We're expecting a battle (Saturday)," Lawrence said.
Ben Keller, Times correspondent