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)

Keswick girls hoops coach King earns 400th career win

ST. PETERSBURG — Keswick Christian girls basketball coach Karrmayne King spent much of Thursday night's game against Shorecrest sitting on the edge of her seat or standing in front of the bench, hands planted firmly on hips.

With a minute left, she finally began to relax.

Shortly after that, the woman who has coached the Crusaders for 21 seasons and led the program to five final four appearances and one state runnerup finish, was celebrating a significant milestone.

Career win No. 400.

"It's unbelievable," a teary-eyed King said. "It makes me think of all the girls that have gone through my program."

The 53-43 victory didn't come easily.

Keswick (1-0) led 33-16 at the half, but watched as Shorecrest (1-1), led by Jasmine Cohen (17 points) and Molly Manella (16), surged to within four entering the fourth. In the Keswick huddle in between quarters, players were pushed by one thought.

"We used 400 to motivate us and get going on defense," Keswick guard Tori Hale said.

Whatever was said on the sideline worked.

Thanks largely to its play on the defensive end, Cassie Foster (16 points), Hale (15) and their teammates responded by outscoring Shorecrest by six in the final quarter.

Afterward, those in attendance gave King, 47, a standing ovation. The coach was presented the game ball, then took a photo with her team.

"Four hundred games is quite an accomplishment," Hale said.

Keswick Christian53
Shorecrest43

Keswick girls hoops coach King earns 400th career win 11/19/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 20, 2009 12:08am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs' O.J. Howard ends big day with BP, first pitch for Rays

    Blogs

    Bucs tight end O.J. Howard is known for his athleticism at 6-foot-6, 251-pounds. As an outfielder, he took his Autuaga Academy High School baseball team to the state tournament in Alabama as a junior.

    On Monday, after a little instruction from Steven Souza, Jr., the left-handed hitting Howard started making …

  2. Arm problems in the past, USF rides pitching into AAC baseball tournament

    College

    TAMPA — By his second relief inning in last year's season opener, USF right-hander Ryan Valdes had lost the fizz on his fastball.

    USF senior right-hander Ryan Valdes, an Alonso High alumnus, is one of three prominent Bulls pitchers flourishing after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. [USF Athletics]
  3. Ryan Fitzpatrick likes Bucs weapons, believes he's a good fit

    Blogs

    Ryan Fitzpatrick’s experience playing for six other NFL teams is what made him attractive to the Bucs as a backup to starter Jameis Winston. But if he has to play, the former Jets quarterback is happy about all the weapons on Tampa Bay’s offense.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick is happy about all the weapons on Tampa Bay’s offense.
  4. For starters: Rays vs. Angels and Trout, with Odorizzi on mound

    Blogs

    After losing Sunday's game but winning a third straight series, the Rays open a four-game series tonight against the Angels and Mike Trout.

    RHP Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays, RHP J.C. Ramirez for the Angels.

    Evan Longoria is getting a DH day, so the Rays have rookie Daniel …

    Jake Odorizzi will be on the mound for the Rays.
  5. Lightning's Swedes live their dream in Worlds

    Blogs

    You could see it in his face.

    Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman screamed as he hoisted the World Championship trophy Sunday afternoon in Cologne, Germany, and it looked like an exhale that was years in the making. Stralman kissed the forehead of Swedish teammate Joel Lundqvist, the joy unmistakable.

    Victor Hedman of Sweden celebrate with his teammates after scoring the opening goal in the gold-medal game against Canada.