ST. PETERSBURG — Containing Lakewood center Jenae Wilson was one of St. Petersburg's goals Wednesday night.
Controlling the boards was another.
Suffice to say, the Green Devils succeeded at both.
Wilson, a Jacksonville University recruit, was held scoreless and St. Petersburg was terrific on the glass as the Green Devils eked out a hard-fought 35-30 road win in the teams' only meeting this season.
"This is a rivalry game so it's always big," St. Petersburg guard Kamyia Smith said.
As is often the case, St. Petersburg (15-4) won with defense.
Lakewood (16-4), normally a high-scoring team, failed to score in the game's first five minutes. Later, it was held to a grand total of two points in the third quarter.
Wilson was surrounded by two, three and four players every time she touched the ball. Her teammates got shots, and decent ones at that, but with the exception of Kasey Drayton (11 points) no one seemed to connect.
It probably didn't help that the Spartans had played Gibbs the previous night.
"We had only eight players competing," Lakewood coach Necole Tunsil said.
For the Green Devils, offense came primarily from standout guard/forward Kamika Idom, who finished with a game-high 18 points, including four in the final 24 seconds on foul shots.
"We had to put the game away and I'm a pretty good free-throw shooter," Idom said.
Conversely, Lakewood was only 3-of-15 from the line.
Idom had help. Smith hit two big shots — a banked 3-pointer in the third and a running layup late in the fourth — and had seven points. Teyis Brown scored nine points for the Green Devils.