TAMPA — It didn't take a genius to conclude St. Petersburg Catholic had a distinct advantage over Academy of the Holy Names when the teams headed to overtime Wednesday night.
SPC's star, Jerica Coley, was on the floor.
Selena Castillo, AHN's top gun, was on the bench with five fouls.
"Selena is their engine," Barons coach Nick Vandewalle said.
In overtime it was all SPC, and behind Coley's six points in the extra period the Barons left Hillsborough County with a 51-43 win in a Class 3A, District 10 game.
Coley, a standout senior guard who averages more than 20 points, was having one of her poorer shooting nights before getting hot late in the final quarter. Then in overtime, it was "Jerica time," Vandewalle said.
Coley had plenty of help on this night.
When she struggled from the field, her teammates picked up the slack. Guard Brittney Dunbar, in particular, was solid, finishing with 11 points.
On the other side, Castillo, a point guard, paced the Jaguars with 13 points (eight in the fourth quarter) while forward Ali Daigle added 10. Daigle fouled out with 1:21 left in regulation, and 15 seconds of game time later Castillo picked up her fifth foul while attempting to block a Coley layup.
"I didn't feel any contact," Castillo said.
AHN (12-4, 2-3) led by two with time winding down in the fourth, but Dunbar tied it on a 6-foot floater with 8.1 seconds left. In overtime, the Barons (11-3, 4-1) went ahead early on a short Coley jumper. She then drained a 3-pointer at the 2:12 mark to put SPC up by five.
Meantime, Castillo paced behind the AHN bench, knowing there was nothing she could do.
"It was hard to watch," Castillo said.