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Absences turn All-Star girls basketball game into a rout

St. Petersburg — One of the problems the Pinellas County All-Star Senior Girls game has consistently faced over the years is the lack of star power. Seniors can play in just two postseason All-Star games.

The 15th version was no different. Victoria Cecil (Clearwater), Jerica Coley (St. Petersburg Catholic), Latavia Dempsey (Boca Ciega) and Sharee Booze (Palm Harbor University) were chosen for the Pinellas-Hillsborough matchup as well as the Florida Athletic Coaches Association or Florida Association of Basketball Coaches games.

After the players were assigned teams, Cecil, Dempsey and Booze chose to sit out Saturday's game. And the team led by Clearwater's Lashe Kirkland took full advantage to roll 82-54.

Kirkland scored 11 while Lakewood's Latesha Johnson and Largo's Brandi Feazell had 10.

"It was amazing to play with all these players," said Kirkland, who was named the game's MVP. "We had such a surprisingly good chemistry."

The team led by Kirkland's twin sister, Latrel, made a game of it after trailing 43-13 at halftime. St. Petersburg's Andrea Johnson scored all 12 of her points in the second half and Largo's Uniqueika Walker nine of her 11 and Kirkland eight of her 10.

Absences turn All-Star girls basketball game into a rout 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 11:54pm]
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