Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Coley, with help from SPC teammates, end TC's 15-game win streak

ST. PETERSBURG — When St. Petersburg Catholic and Tampa Catholic met in December, Jerica Coley did all she could as the Barons guard dropped in a career-high 42 points. But no one else on SPC scored more than six in a seven-point loss.

On Wednesday, Coley was all-everything again, with timely steals (six), rebounds (six), assists (four), blocks (four) and, of course, points (29) when the Barons needed them. The difference this time was her teammates as sophomore guard Brittney Dunbar, with 16 points, and sophomore forward Annie Artise, with 13, each recorded season highs on the way to a 71-63 upset. The Crusaders (20-2) entered the game as the state's 10th-ranked team overall and riding a 15-game winning streak.

"She's always coming through for us and she did everything she could the last time (in trying to earn a win)," Dunbar said of Coley. "We came together after that game and said that the rest of us needed to step up if we were going to come through for her and help us do well down the stretch."

Another classic in this long-held rivalry, the game was a see-saw affair in which Tampa Catholic went to halftime with a 29-24 lead only to see the Barons (12-2) use a 10-1 run at the beginning of the second half on their way to a 49-43 lead at the end of the third quarter, highlighted by Coley's NBA-range 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"(Coley) is a great player and she showed it again tonight," Tampa Catholic coach Nancy Kroll said. "They had some other players step up for them, too, which was a difference for them.

"But we played two different halves tonight. As good as we were in the first half, we were that bad in the second half."

In the fourth, after Tampa Catholic tied it at 51, baskets by Artise and Dunbar gave the Barons a 56-51 lead before the Crusaders went on a 9-0 run, led by Colette Eule, who scored a team-high 28. Coley, who surpassed 1,500 career points, then took over, scoring 10 consecutive points along with two huge steals and two even bigger blocked shots, during a 10-1 run to seal the game.

St>> Petersburg Catholic71
Tampa Catholic63

Coley, with help from SPC teammates, end TC's 15-game win streak 01/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:21am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Life sentence for man convicted in killing of brother of Bucs' Kwon Alexander

    Bucs

    An Alabama man who shot and killed the 17-year-old brother of Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.

  2. Rays journal: Blake Snell continues roll in win over Cubs (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was still a game in the fifth inning when LHP Blake Snell walked the leadoff batter, then allowed a single. One swing by the Cubs' Ian Happ (22 home runs) could put a dent in the Rays' three-run lead.

    Blake Snell allows just two hits in pitching seven scoreless innings.
  3. Remember him? Numbers prove Ben Zobrist is one of greatest Rays of all time

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first foray back to the Trop by the best manager the Rays have had obscured the second return visit by arguably the second-best player in franchise history.

    Figures.

    Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) grounds into a double play to end the top of the third inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    One success story of this lost season is the emergence of LHP Blake Snell as the frontline starter the Rays projected. After a rough start and two demotions, he has been rolling, Wednesday's solid seven innings making him 4-0, 2.57 in his past eight starts.

  5. Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Orioles

    7:05, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    This is a 2017 photo of Matt Andriese of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)