TAMPA — Tampa Prep's boys basketball team did its part Saturday evening in leading the Terrapins to the overall championship in the eighth annual Headmasters' Challenge at Berkeley Prep.
The event pits Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep winter sports teams against one another in a day-long competition. The Terrapins' 54-48 win, combined with victories in girls basketball and wrestling, along with a tie in girls soccer, ended Berkeley Prep's run of three straight challenge titles.
The Buccaneers lead the overall series 5-3, but the Terrapins have won the past two boys basketball games.
"These are two incredible schools … they are intertwined," Tampa Prep headmaster Kevin Plummer said after receiving the challenge trophy.
"Obviously the schools are rivals," Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart said. "The interesting thing is a lot of kids are good friends. They play on the same AAU teams."
Devontae Morgan paced Tampa Prep's offense with 19 points and teammate Josh Heath added 13 in a game decided in large part at the free-throw line. The Terrapins made 16 of 30 while the Bucs hit just 5 of 9.
"We're not a great 3-point shooting team, so we have to make plays going to the basket," Tampa Prep coach Joe Fenlon said. "It really came down to us getting the rebounds when they didn't make their jump shots."
While Berkeley Prep struggled to penetrate, no one was hotter from long distance than the Bucs' Reggie Barnes, who scored a game-high 24 and drained six 3-pointers. Teammate Nelson Agholor added 14 points.
In the girls basketball game, Tampa Prep got 23 points from Sarah Denny in a 40-26 victory.
"She played her heart out," Tampa Prep coach J.C. Smith said of Denny. "She's handling the ball; handling the pressure when we need her to."