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Girls basketball: Big fourth carries Pasco past Land O'Lakes

LAND O'LAKES — Plagued by foul trouble and frustrated by Land O'Lakes' smothering defense Wednesday night, unbeaten Pasco could not get its up-tempo offense going.

Until the fourth quarter, that is.

Trailing 34-28, the Pirates reeled off 12 straight points to take their first lead of the Sunshine Athletic Conference battle en route to a 45-37 win.

Pasco improved to 10-0, which is one more victory that it had all of last season.

"We could never really get it going because they were constantly at the free-throw line," Pasco coach Troy Moore said. "That kind of kept (the pace) slow."

Allahon Marbra hit consecutive 3-pointers midway through the 12-0 run, her second giving the Pirates their first lead of the game. Brianca Roberts, who scored a game-high 14 points, had two baskets during the run.

"Just basically the kids staying focused," Moore said of the run.

Land O'Lakes (4-4) scored the game's first five points and led 18-12 at halftime. Sarah Nichols hit 3-pointers to open each quarter.

The Gators built their largest lead of the game, 21-12, on Leila Gregory's layup early in the third quarter.

Pasco, whistled for 21 fouls during the game, made a couple of runs. But Land O'Lakes maintained its lead until the decisive stretch that began with less than six minutes to play.

"Land O'Lakes came out pretty tough," Moore said, adding his players "were kind of shocked that they weren't ahead."

Marbra, who fouled out, added nine points for Pasco, and Aaliyah McKenzie scored eight.

Kendra Sheets, who played a strong two-way game for Land O'Lakes, scored 12 with teammate Pamela Andrade adding nine.

Girls basketball: Big fourth carries Pasco past Land O'Lakes 12/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 11:15pm]

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