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Class 5A, District 8 girls basketball: Tampa Bay Tech holds off Armwood

Tampa Bay Tech’s Courtney Jenkins gets behind the Armwood defense and tosses in two of her 18 points as the Titans win the Class 5A, District 8 title.


Tampa Bay Tech’s Courtney Jenkins gets behind the Armwood defense and tosses in two of her 18 points as the Titans win the Class 5A, District 8 title.

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech had fought off Armwood's relentless comebacks the way someone might swat gnats away from their face.

The Hawks came within a basket of tying on several occasions Saturday and, after a 3-pointer by Chante Lumpkin, they called a timeout with 30 seconds left trailing by five.

Titans coach Heather Glezen used the opportunity to call a Hail Mary.

TBT guard Leria Jerette fired an in-bounds pass deep down the court, connecting with junior Courtney Jenkins in stride, who pushed the lead to seven with a layup. Then a quick steal, followed by another two points by Monique Williams, put the game out of reach.

TBT went on to a 58-48 victory to claim the Titans' second Class 5A, District 8 title, and maintain an unbeaten streak at home that has spanned two seasons.

"I knew coming out of the timeout they would go to a full-court press," Glezen said. "We try to do that touchdown type of play when teams like to do that."

TBT (22-4) will host Land O'Lakes (13-13) at 7 p.m. Thursday in a region quarterfinal. Armwood (21-4) will go on the road to face Wesley Chapel (24-2) at the same time.

Lumpkin gave the Hawks the opening lead, but Armwood trailed by as many as 11 by the third quarter. The Hawks managed to cut the deficit to two after an 8-0 run to end the quarter made it 35-33.

"If we could have gotten over that hump I think we would have been fine," Hawks coach Billy Teeden said. "We could never get over it."

TBT fought through a fourth quarter in which the Titans attempted 21 free throws, hitting 13.

Jenkins led the Titans with 18 points, and teammate Jasmine Rodriguez added 12. The Hawks were led by freshman forward Ashley Davis, who scored 12.

"The last couple of days we've been talking about how it feels to play with heart," Glezen said. "This is the closest we've come to playing a full 32 minutes of basketball. I'm very proud of them."

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Class 5A, District 8 girls basketball: Tampa Bay Tech holds off Armwood 02/07/09 [Last modified: Saturday, February 7, 2009 11:44pm]
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