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.