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Girls basketball: St. Petersburg Catholic 44, Clearwater Central Catholic 11

ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg Catholic jumped to a big lead at home Thursday night and never looked back, routing district rival Clearwater Central Catholic 44-11 in girls basketball.

Consistent ball movement and a swarming defense helped key the win for the Barons (4-1), who led 25-2 after just one quarter.

The Barons started quickly, building a 14-0 lead only three minutes into the game. The Marauders (3-3) called a timeout but didn't get their first field goal until there was 3 minutes, 19 seconds left in the first.

Though they struggled to find the basket, the Marauders never gave up. That was especially true of senior RyAnn Gavin, who hustled for every loose ball and scored all six of her team's second-half points.

The Barons' Michelle Halapio led all scorers with 11 points, while teammate Annie Artise added nine. Eight players in all from St. Petersburg Catholic scored in the contest.

"We've got three or four girls who can score double figures any night," Barons coach Nick Vandewalle said.

Because of the large, early lead, Vandewalle said it afforded his team a chance to work on some new sets.

"It got a little more experience for some of the younger girls," he said.

Though the Marauders came out on the losing end, coach K.C. Gavin said she was glad to see her team, which had been limited to six players, work hard.

"The goal was to not back down," Gavin said. "They did the best they could tonight."

Girls basketball: St. Petersburg Catholic 44, Clearwater Central Catholic 11 12/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 2, 2010 11:17pm]

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