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5A girls basketball: Bogie's rotation of talent rides Taylor's 30 to win

GULFPORT — Boca Ciega has made the state semifinals the past two seasons not because it hangs onto the coattails of a talented superstar who can bail out the team in certain situations.

Instead, the Pirates have thrived because they have players who don't mind sharing the wealth and can lead the team in scoring on any given night.

On Thursday, it was Tamara Taylor's turn.

The junior guard scored a team-high 30 in Boca Ciega's 71-40 victory over Seminole in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.

The Pirates (27-1), who have won 21 straight games, travel to play Clearwater in Tuesday's region semifinals, a rematch of the PCAC final that Boca Ciega won two weeks ago.

"We came out and played really well," Pirates coach Will White said. "We moved the ball around, shot well and got a lot of people involved.

"But there's no question, Tamara had the hot hand."

Taylor's scoring outburst came after she was held to a combined 13 points in two district tournament games last week.

"Tamara had been struggling scoring and teams were really crashing onto her," White said. "But she was getting other people involved in other games and still played defense."

Boca Ciega had 11 score, including Latavia Dempsey, who had 11 and was the only other Pirate in double figures.

Katelynn Gibbons, Alexandria Egger and Amber Frounfelter each scored eight for the Warhawks (10-11).

5A girls basketball: Bogie's rotation of talent rides Taylor's 30 to win 02/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:38pm]
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