WESLEY CHAPEL — Friday night's game against Tarpon Springs was one for the Wiregrass Ranch record books as the Bulls' Tanner Carey set two school scoring records in a dominating 82-63 win.
The senior forward scored 35 and made seven 3-point shots. Eric Williams scored 33 last season and Marcus Burns drained six 3s in Wiregrass Ranch's inaugural season of 2006-07.
Carey knew he had both marks in sight and nothing could slow him down — not even a cut chin.
Carey, who wears No. 33, cut his chin pursuing a loose ball out of bounds late in the first half and came back after the break with a bandage over his goatee and wearing No. 30.
"I was thinking, 'I've got to get as far as I can get and no one's going to stop me,' " Carey said.
Bulls coach Jeremy Calzone, among others who congratulated the team's scoring leader, was hardly surprised at Carey's tenacity.
"That's him," Calzone said with a smile. "That's Tanner Carey.
"You can punch him in the face and he's coming back to play. He doesn't get hurt."
Wiregrass Ranch improved to 13-6 with its fourth straight win, while Tarpon Springs fell to 15-6 in a coaching battle between former high school teammates. Calzone and Spongers coach James Margarella played together at East Lake.
The Bulls jumped out to a 28-19 lead in a fast-paced first quarter and led by 20 at the half. Carey had 22 points and five 3-pointers at that point.
The Spongers cut the gap to 12 in the third quarter but would get no closer, as both teams emptied their benches in the waning minutes.
"We're playing so well right now," Calzone said. "I think it's our tempo."
Rico Kerney and Michael Chase each added 14 points for the Bulls.
C.J. Bargman led Tarpon Springs with 18 points and made both of his team's 3-pointers.