Make us your home page

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

Girls basketball: Boca Ciega 79, Indian Rocks Christian 72

SEMINOLE — Tamara Taylor has talked all season about how important it is for her to get other players involved if Boca Ciega is to continue its streak of three straight trips to the state playoffs.

The lone senior has backed it up, averaging close to 10 assists a game heading into Saturday's final of the Indian Rocks Christian Winter Slam Tournament against the host Golden Eagles.

The 5-foot-10 guard continued that unselfish play again with 12 assists against IRC, but her ability to score stood out more as the USF-bound Taylor had a career-high 45 points to lead the Pirates to a 79-72 win.

"Wow, that's incredible," said the usually reserved Taylor, who also had nine rebounds. "I'm a senior and whenever the team needs me to score, I'll take it upon myself to do so. But we talked before the game about how we need others to step up their game."

The Golden Eagles tried to deny Taylor the ball with a box-and-one defense. Destiny Brown, a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard who hadn't had more than 10 points this season, hit 4-of-11 on 3-pointers in scoring 18.

"That's the most admirable quality about Tamara is how much she trusts her teammates and wants to get them involved," Boca Ciega coach Will White said. "She believes in her teammates more than I think the other players believe in themselves."

Taylor scored only four in the first quarter as the Golden Eagles built a 15-8 lead behind Tori Trador's three 3-pointers. Taylor began to heat up in the second quarter with 19 points on 6-of-7 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws as the Pirates narrowed the gap to 38-34 at halftime, including Taylor's coast-to-coast layup at the buzzer.

"I started to feel us start to lose that confidence a bit when (Taylor) did that at the end there," Golden Eagles coach Phil Farver said. "We tend to panic under pressure. We quit running sets, we start to play selfish ball. The way she trusted her teammates is almost a flip-flop of what we did."

Taylor had six points and assisted on the other basket during an 8-1 run to help the Pirates (8-1) seize the lead for good at 49-43 in the middle of the third quarter.

Despite the loss, the Golden Eagles (6-2) demonstrated that they are perhaps the best private school in the county.

"They're a very good team and it was a good test for us early on in the season," White said.

Girls basketball: Boca Ciega 79, Indian Rocks Christian 72 12/11/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 11, 2010 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays make Hechavarria trade official


    Here is the release from the team ...


  2. Jones: Will Tampa Bay hit a Hall of Fame dry spell now?

    Lightning Strikes

    Marty St. Louis may lack the Hall of Fame stats, but two scoring titles, an MVP award and clutch goals should count for a lot. (Dirk Shadd, Times)
  3. Scotty Bowman says 'it's about time' Andreychuk got HOF call


    For Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, Dave Andreychuk finally being part of a Hall of Fame class is especially gratifying.

    Scotty Bowman drafted Dave Andreychuk in the first round (16th overall) in 1982 and coached him the first five seasons of his career.
  4. Dave Andreychuk going into Hall of Fame (w/photo gallery)


    Dave Andreychuk said Monday began "business as usual."

    Dave Andreychuk battles Calgary's Andrew Ference during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
  5. UPDATE: Rays finalizing deal to get SS Hechavarria for 2 minor-leaguers


    UPDATE, 4:27: In making the deal, the Rays add an elite-level defender to an infield that could use the help. But it also raises a number of questions, such as will they now move Tim Beckham to 2B? Does this mean Matt Duffy is not coming back this season? Is Daniel Robertson or Taylor Featherston going to …

    Adeiny Hechavarria is a two-time Gold Glove finalist who could help settle the Rays sometimes leaky infield defense.