Make us your home page
Instagram

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: Winter Haven 45, Riverview 43

RIVERVIEW — Heading into the final quarter of Riverview's Class 5A region final against Winter Haven on Saturday, the Sharks seemed well on their way to their first state tournament.

The Sharks led the perennial state power by nine — until it occurred to this young Riverview team that it had never been this far and their postseason inexperience began to show.

Riverview's state bid collapsed in a disastrous eight-minute stretch as Winter Haven clinched its 10th state berth in 12 years with a 45-43 win.

"It's all kind of a blur, those last few seconds," said Riverview coach Lelani Gordon, a 30-year veteran who led Hillsborough to the region final in 1986 and '94.

The Sharks (27-3) led Winter Haven 39-30 heading into the fourth. But Riverview managed just two field goals in the final quarter and was 0-for-7 from the free-throw line in the period.

"I hate to use experience as a reason, but we had every opportunity there at the end," Gordon said. "We had every opportunity to get a bucket in the last 20 seconds, last 10 seconds, last two seconds."

Winter Haven's Erica Lanier (team-high 16 points) completed the Blue Devils' 15-4 fourth-quarter run with a basket with 1:18 remaining to give Winter Haven (24-5) its first lead since the first quarter at 45-43.

The Sharks got the ball with 43.9 seconds left but rushed two shots, missed the front end of a 1-and-1, then missed three more shots in the final five seconds.

"I still don't know how we got out of it," Winter Haven coach Johnnie Lawson said. "They didn't make many mistakes. They made them at the wrong time. That's a team you don't want to see too many times"

Faith Woodard, who played the entire fourth quarter with four fouls, led the Sharks with 11 points. Justina James added 10, while Monet Williams and Madison Greaney scored eight each. All four will return next year.

"Our future is bright," Gordon said. "We're not at all unhappy with our season, but we felt we had this opportunity and I know as a veteran coach that they just don't come along every year."

.UP NEXT

State basketball

At the Lakeland Center

A: Lake Worth Trinity Christian vs. Seffner Christian, Wednesday

3A: Port Orange Atlantic vs. Tampa Catholic, Wednesday

5A: Winter Haven vs.

Sickles, Friday

5A region basketball: Winter Haven 45, Riverview 43 02/19/11 [Last modified: Sunday, February 20, 2011 12:15am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. For starters: Rays vs. Angels and Trout, with Odorizzi on mound

    Blogs

    After losing Sunday's game but winning a third straight series, the Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Angels and Mike Trout.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, RHP J.C. Ramirez for the Angels.

    Evan Longoria is getting a DH day, so the Rays have rookie Daniel …

  2. Lightning's Swedes live their dream in Worlds

    Blogs

    You could see it in his face.

    Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman screamed as he hoisted the World Championship trophy Sunday afternoon in Cologne, Germany, and it looked like an exhale that was years in the making. Stralman kissed the forehead of Swedish teammate Joel Lundqvist, the joy unmistakable.

  3. Starting at top: O.J. Howard becomes first Bucs rookie to sign

    Blogs

    The Bucs have begun the process of signing their rookie draft picks and they started at the top.

    Alabama tight end O.J. Howard has signed a four-year contract with a fifth-year club option with the Bucs.
  4. Hey, somebody really ought to write about this Aaron Judge guy

    Blogs

    He can catch, too.

    It's no tall tale.

    Aaron Judge, The Amazing Colossal Man, has come and gone, but not before he stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field. The 6-foot-7, 282-pound Judge robbed Evan Longoria of an RBI double and helped …

    Aaron Judge stunned the Rays with a diving, game-saving catch in the sixth inning of Yankees 3-2 win Sunday at Tropicana Field.
  5. FSU, Gators, USF and Miami all in Athlon preseason top 25

    Blogs

    The college football preseason magazines are trickling in, as our Joey Knight wrote earlier.