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Girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 56, Plant 47

TAMPA — On Tampa Catholic's senior night, UCF-bound guard Meghan Keough lifted her game and the Crusaders to a 56-47 win over Plant.

Whether she was driving to the basket or pulling up for a jumper, Keough made the key plays in the key moments for the Crusaders on Saturday.

"Being a senior this year, my role has definitely changed," Keough said. "In these type of situations, I want the ball, I want to be in control and be able to drive to the basket. If the defense collapses, I'm confident in kicking the ball out to my teammates, who are doing a good job hitting their threes."

Keough scored 22, including 10 in the third quarter to shift the game's momentum. After Keough gave Tampa Catholic (16-4) a six-point lead, Plant's Molly Henry hit a 3-pointer to cut it back to 38-35. Keough answered with a 3-pointer of her own.

Keough nailed three 3-pointers on the night, including one to open the fourth quarter to create a 47-40 edge. Junior Kai Jones added 19 points and got Plant into foul trouble early with her aggressive drives.

Plant (14-5) struggled to overcome the foul trouble. Of the first 10 calls, nine went against the Panthers.

"I think it is difficult to play a good team," frustrated Panthers coach Carrie Mahon said, "when your best players aren't on the floor to play."

The Panthers dominated the boards and got 17 points off the bench from Reggine Brown.

"I'm happy to go into this locker room," Mahon said. "We played a heck of a game, but we just have to put it all together and finish what we start."

wrestling: Bradenton's Lakewood Ranch went 5-0, including a 59-15 win over host Clearwater Central Catholic, to claim the Marauders Duals for the second straight year. CCC went 4-1, and Tampa Prep was third at 3-2, followed by Pinellas Park (2-3), Anclote (1-4) and Berkeley Prep (0-5).

Girls basketball: Tampa Catholic 56, Plant 47 01/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:12pm]
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