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IRC Holiday Tournament: Barons girls fall in title game; Springstead boys stay unbeaten

INDIAN ROCKS — It was a good night to be an Eagle at the Indian Rocks Christian Holiday Tournament.

The Hollywood Christian Academy Eagles (14-1) dethroned St. Petersburg Catholic (11-3) as the girls champion Wednesday with a 74-51 victory over the Barons.

The Springstead Eagles remained undefeated with a 51-44 triumph over Nature Coast in the boys tournament.

Highlighting the night was freshman Ariah Osceola, who led Hollywood with 30 points, including six 3-pointers. The Eagles held a 47-34 lead in the third quarter, but the Barons weren't willing to go down easily. St. Petersburg Catholic pulled to within 47-43 on an 11-0 run, but was outscored 27-8 the rest of the way.

Jerica Coley had a great night for the Barons. She was 0-for-3 from the field in the first quarter, but finished with a team-high 20 points.

Coley said things could have been different with a better start.

"I guess I just had to get warmed up," she said. "We were down by a lot, but we really wanted to win. (Hollywood's) a real good team. They have good shooters and they don't miss a lot."

St. John Neumann won the consolation game 47-18 over Indian Rocks Christian.

In the boys tournament, Springstead entered the game with a 10-0 record and started the first quarter with a 10-0 lead. Nature Coast never led, but did pull to within 26-24 in the third quarter — that's when the Eagles used another 10-0 run to widen their lead to 36-24. The Sharks never recovered.

Isiah Mason led Springstead (11-0) with 18 points and Dominique Roberson netted 15. Nature Coast (10-4) was sparked by Mike Adams with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.

In the consolation game, Indian Rocks Christian defeated River Ridge 47-36 for third place.

Hollywood Chr>>74
St. Petersburg Cath.51

IRC Holiday Tournament: Barons girls fall in title game; Springstead boys stay unbeaten 12/31/08 [Last modified: Saturday, January 3, 2009 2:51pm]
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