5A girls basketball: Turnovers derail TBT's efforts

OCALA — Tampa Bay Tech picked a bad night to get stung by the turnover bug.

The Titans committed 27 turnovers, including 11 in the fourth quarter, in a 47-42 loss at Ocala West Port in Tuesday's Class 5A region semifinal.

"I definitely thought we were the better team coming in," Tampa Bay Tech coach Reggie Lawrence said. "They just outplayed us. They outhustled us and took advantage of the opportunities that they got, while we didn't take advantage of our opportunities."

Tampa Bay Tech (23-4) entered the fourth quarter holding a 36-30 lead but West Port's Thomia Wadley made two 3-pointers in the first two minutes. The Titans' lead evaporated quickly as their offense struggled to reach halfcourt under near-constant pressure.

"We're used to pressure; pressure doesn't bother us," Lawrence said. "A lot of mental lapses happened out there tonight and we just weren't on our game."

TBT scored only two points in the final 5:20.

The Titans shot just 35 percent (18-of-52) from the field, which effectively nullified their 41-26 rebounding advantage.

Jasmine Rodriguez led the Titans with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Leading scorer Dasia Daniels, who came in averaging 14.5 points, was held to just five points on 2-of-12 shooting.

West Port (23-6), in its first year as a 5A school, advanced to the region final for the fourth time in six years, led by Veronica Ryan's 16 points. The Wolf Pack faces Winter Haven in Saturday's region final.

5A girls basketball: Turnovers derail TBT's efforts 02/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:31pm]

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