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)

Girls basketball: Sickles' Crum, Henson make all the difference this time against Freedom

TAMPA — Bre Crum scored a game-high 27 points as Sickles captured its sixth consecutive victory in a 66-44 triumph at Freedom on Friday.

The junior guard dominated the second half, scoring 13 points in the third quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers to open and close the frame. After Freedom cut the Sickles lead to 32-28 on a 3-pointer by Kaitlynn Pacholke, Sickles went on a 19-3 run to effectively put the game out of reach. Crum's 3 at the buzzer put an exclamation point on a dominant quarter by the Gryphons (14-8).

"Our kids were ready," Sickles coach Mark Key said. "The last time we got the short end of the stick with our two kids out, and we felt that they disrespected us. We were ready to play tonight."

In that first game Dec. 14, the Patriots (15-5) took advantage of a Sickles lineup that did not include Crum or Amber Henson — arguably their two best players — and won in a rout 69-32.

In the rematch, Crum and Henson accounted for 50 of their team's 66 points.

Emotions boiled over after the final buzzer as players and coaches from both teams engaged in some spirited trash-talking, with the Gryphons enjoying a victory celebration on their district rival's logo.

"They're a great 1-2 punch," Freedom coach Laurie Pacholke said of Crum and Henson, "but I thought we fought hard, and that's what I love about this team."

Though Kaitlynn Pacholke scored 18 points and had a game-high five 3-pointers, the Patriots ran out of gas in the second half.

Laurie Pacholke attributed her team's late struggles to fatigue, as the Patriots were playing their third game in three days and fifth of the week.

"I knew fatigue was going to be a factor, so I have no problem with it" Pacholke said. "We're going to get them again, it's going to be the rubber match, and we'll see them in the district championship."

Girls basketball: Sickles' Crum, Henson make all the difference this time against Freedom 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 10:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. U.S. repeats as Solheim Cup champion

    Golf

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Lexi Thompson set the tone by rallying from four holes down. The rest of the Americans took it from there and restored their dominance in the Solheim Cup

    Lexi Thompson, left, comes back from four holes down to halve the day’s first singles match with Europe’s Anna Nordqvist to set the tone for the United States.
  2. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Demar Dotson (mild groin strain) expected back for opener

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs got good news Sunday on starting right tackle Demar Dotson, whose MRI exam showed only a mild right groin sprain and who should be back at practice next week.

    Tackle Demar Dotson has only a mild groin strain.
  4. Bucs counting on better health creating better pass rush

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Ask Bucs coaches about the improved depth and health of their defensive line, and they'll look around for a piece of wood to knock on.

    Retired All-Pro defensive end  Simeon Rice, right, the last Buc to have double-digit sacks in a season,  works with defensive end Ryan Russell, who last season was promoted from the practice squad for the second half of the year as injuries piled up. He is competing for a backup job this year.
  5. Rays journal: Jake Faria heads to DL with left abdominal strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jacob Faria made the trek he didn't want to take after his last start. It was to the trainer's room. The pain in his left abdominal went from nagging to an issue during his start that night in Toronto.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria (34) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 4, 2017.