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6A-8 district basketball: Plant 53, Wharton 27

TAMPA — Plant defeated Wharton 53-27 for the 6A-8 district title. And much like the entire season against district foes, the Panthers made it look easy.

Plant entered Friday night's district final undefeated in district play, and from the opening tip Plant seemed determined to keep it that way.

Wharton did its best to hang tough as the Wildcats trailed 15-8 after the first quarter.

Then Plant began to dominate.

The Panthers went on an 8-0 run at the start of the second quarter to extend their lead to 15. Plant then used two 8-0 runs, at the start and finish of the third, to put the game out of reach. Kelly Brennan led all scorers with 13 despite sitting most of the fourth along with the other Panther starters.

Plant's last district title came in 2008. And beyond being proud of her team for being district champ, coach Carrie Mahon seemed equally impressed with how her team performed in the game.

"Winning the district feels really great, but after tonight's game I feel as good about our team moving forward as I have in a long time," Mahon said.

With the victory Plant was also able to get a bit of revenge because Wharton defeated Plant in last year's district championship game. But Mahon shrugged it off.

"No, I don't think it really meant too much to us from a revenge standpoint," Mahon said. "They were a very different team last year, and so were we. We're just happy to be district champs this year."

6A-8 district basketball: Plant 53, Wharton 27 02/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 11:56pm]
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