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Girls basketball: Jefferson 74, Sickles 61 OT

TAMPA — Over the past five days, Jefferson and Sickles have gotten to know each other very well.

And after the Dragons handed them their second loss in less than a week on Wednesday night, the Gryphons have likely seen enough.

In a battle between two of Hills­borough County's top teams, Jefferson held off Sickles to win 74-61 in overtime five nights after beating it by 12 at last weekend's Keeler Tournament.

The Dragons (8-0) had four players score in double figures led by Laurie' Beaty's and Chantrell Frazier's 17. Shayla Wilson added 16, and center Bene'e Glanton scored six of her 12 in overtime.

"We couldn't shake them," Jefferson coach Jim Baxter said. "We were getting four-, six-point leads, and we couldn't shake them. And then we had a dry spell, and they really took advantage of it."

Jefferson had few answers for junior guard Bre Crum, who scored a game-high 35. She and senior center Amber Henson, a Duke recruit who scored 24, combined to score all of Sickles' field goals.

"Our kids played their hearts out," Sickles coach Mark Key said. "They played really hard. We think we can compete with anyone out there. We're going to have to develop some more players. But we think we have the best two kids in the state."

The Dragons never trailed until early in the fourth, when Henson's putback capped a 10-2 run that gave the Gryphons (5-3) a 39-38 lead.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Wilson gave the Dragons the lead again, but Henson's 3-pointer with a minute remaining in regulation put Sickles up 56-54. The Gryphons had the last possession of regulation but couldn't score.

Jefferson scored the first eight points in overtime, four by Glanton. And once Henson fouled out with 2:10 left, the Gryphons couldn't muster another rally.

Girls basketball: Jefferson 74, Sickles 61 OT 12/01/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 11:46pm]

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