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6A region basketball: Sarasota 59, Wharton 30

SARASOTA — Employing a press defense from the opening tip, Sarasota smothered Wharton en route to a 59-30 win in a Class 6A region quarterfinal Thursday.

The full-court pressure resulted in 11 Wildcat first-half turnovers — nine coming off steals.

Ahead after one quarter 17-11, Sarasota (19-8) stole the ball on five of seven Wharton possessions midway through the second, finally opening a 34-17 halftime lead on freshman Lauren Hochstetler's jumper.

"Top to bottom, one to 12, I don't know, it felt like they had 30 girls out there,'' Wildcats coach Chad Reed said.

Wharton (8-15) was missing starter Abbigale Kaczmarek (broken foot). The Wildcats, who got 18 of their 30 points on 3-pointers, were paced by Diana Mitchell with 15 points.

Herald-Tribune

6A region basketball: Sarasota 59, Wharton 30 02/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 11, 2011 12:14am]
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