TAMPA — With Sickles phenom Amber Henson missing her first couple of shots of the game on layups, Gryphons coach Mark Key called a timeout and called out Henson during the stoppage.
Henson took the criticism and went on to post 33 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead Sickles to a 67-47 victory Thursday night over Naples Gulf Coast.
"I just came out really focused and was able to take advantage of what we had against them," Henson said. " Our plan at halftime was just to come out and jump on them and knock their confidence out."
In the first half Sickles (24-3) turned the ball over eight times and led only 19-14 after Sharks guard Kirsten Langdon (14 points) hit a 3-pointer. But Gulf Coast (18-7) single-covered Henson all night and the scheme allowed Sickles to dominate the lane with six blocked shots and a 33-19 rebounding advantage.
Sophomore guard Bre Crum provided 19 points and two assists.
"Tonight (Henson and Crum) provided a great one-two punch," Key said.
Andy Villamarzo, Times Correspondent