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St. Petersburg girls rely on D to put away Countryside

CLEARWATER — St. Petersburg showed just how good it can be Tuesday night at Countryside. It also showed it still has a good bit to go.

On defense, the Green Devils were, as usual, stout.

But offensively the team was dogged by inconsistency.

"Sometimes we lose focus," St. Petersburg coach Tamika Coley said.

The team didn't, however, lose the game.

In fact, it wasn't really close.

Sparked by a 12-0 run to start, the Green Devils shut down the Countryside offense and hit enough shots of their own to post a comfortable 46-31 district win.

"Whenever we're on the road, our game plan is to come out aggressive and set the tone early," Coley said.

The Green Devils did precisely that.

St. Petersburg (11-4, 2-1 6A-7) held the Cougars (12-6, 0-2) scoreless until the 1:38 mark in the first quarter and without a field goal until there was 6:32 left in the second half. By the half it was 23-9.

"We were running our defense like Coach asked us to," Green Devils forward Kamika Idom said.

Idom led St. Petersburg with 14 points while point guard Kamyia Smith added 10 and hit two first-half 3-pointers to provide the Green Devils with that early cushion. Savannah Stona led Countryside with 11.

"We were getting decent shots, the shots we wanted," Countryside coach Andy Lieb said. "But I think we were 0 for 16 or 17 from the field to start the game. You can't win doing that against a team that athletic."

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