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5A girls basketball: Henson, Crum lead Gryphons to win

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

5A girls basketball: Henson, Crum lead Gryphons to win 02/11/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 11, 2010 11:38pm]
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