Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

5A region basketball: Sickles 57, Naples Gulf Coast 38

TAMPA — A start that included seven first-quarter points, an 0-for-9 beginning for its best player and a one-point deficit doesn't exactly seem to be a recipe for winning basketball.

But Sickles was fortunate the game's remaining three quarters erased a sputtering opening eight minutes.

The Gryphons seized control with a 23-7 second-quarter run and went on to a 57-38 win against Naples Gulf Coast in the Class 5A region semifinals.

"This was a total team effort for us tonight," said Sickles coach Mark Key. "We've been telling our younger kids all season that at some point they would have to step up. And that was tonight."

Amber Henson, Sickles' heralded 6-foot-4 player, opened the game 0-for-9. By the time the first quarter ended, Gulf Coast had an 8-7 lead and seemed to have settled down. But so had the Gryphons (18-10).

With Henson cold, other Sickles players picked up the slack. Guard Bre Crum scored seven second-quarter points and Sara Hartman hit three first half 3-pointers to jump-start Sickles' run. And its defense heated up as well, blocking shots and forcing Gulf Coast into miscues.

Sickles' 15-point halftime lead got bigger in the second half, stretching to as much as 19 points. The Sharks managed to hit a few big shots but couldn't put together a run.

The got the Sickles lead down to 15 midway through the fourth quarter but couldn't get any closer. And this was despite Henson fouling out with five minutes left. She finished with 14 points while Crum led Sickles with 16. Hartman added 11 and Tyeshia Thomas scored 10.

5A region basketball: Sickles 57, Naples Gulf Coast 38 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 11:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Florida beats LSU, wins first College World Series title


    OMAHA, Neb. — Florida scored four runs in the eighth inning to pull away from LSU, and the Gators beat their SEC rival 6-1 Tuesday night to complete a two-game sweep in the College World Series finals for their first national title in baseball.

    UF’s Nelson Maldonado, left, and Deacon Liput high-five after a run scores.
  2. As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal


    In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas campus.

  3. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.