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Girls basketball district preview: Scorers are all the rage

Class 6A, District 7 at Countryside

Schedule: Wednesday: Mitchell (4) vs. Gaither (5), 6; Countryside (3) vs. Alonso (6), 8; Friday: Countryside/Alonso winner vs. Sickles (2), 6; Mitchell/Gaither winner vs. St. Petersburg (1), 8; Saturday: final, 7.

Outlook: The Green Devils, the top seed, are one of the hottest teams in the county and swept their district opponents.

Scoring star: Jazmyne Green is the only Green Devil to average double digits in scoring (14.9 points per game).

Class 5A, District 11 at Lakewood

Schedule: Wednesday: Boca Ciega (2) vs. Dixie Hollins (7), 5; Lakewood (3) vs. Northeast (6), 6:30; Seminole (4) vs. Osceola (5), 8; Friday: Boca Ciega/Dixie Hollins winner vs. Lakewood/Northeast winner, 6; Seminole/Osceola winner vs. Gibbs (1), 7:30; Saturday: final, 7.

Outlook: The Gladiators have been the surprise of the county and are the No. 1 seed. An interesting matchup looms in the semifinals between Boca Ciega and Lakewood, the teams that have met in the final the past three seasons.

Scoring star(s): Boca Ciega's Latavia Dempsey (17.5 points per game) and Tory Stephens (18) carried the team when Tamara Taylor was out.

Class 5A, District 9 at Clearwater

Schedule: Wednesday: Tarpon Springs (2) vs. Pinellas Park (7), 5; Palm Harbor University (3) vs. East Lake (6), 6:30; Dunedin (4) vs. Largo (5), 8; Friday: Tarpon Springs/Pinellas Park winner vs. PHU/East Lake winner, TBA*; Dunedin/Largo winner vs. Clearwater (1), TBA*; Saturday: final, 7.

Outlook: The Tornadoes, who were ranked No. 1 in the state at one point, are the top seed. The Spongers came through as the No. 2 seed and could meet the Hurricanes in a semifinal.

Scoring star: Sharee Booze, daughter of former professional boxer Tyrone Booze, was among the top two regular-season scorers in the county at 19.1 points per game.

*The times for the semifinals aren't set yet because Clearwater is also hosting the boys PCAC championship that night.

Class 3A, District 11 at Berkeley Prep

Schedule: Tuesday: Academy of the Holy Names (3) vs. Lennard (6), 6; Berkeley Prep (4) vs. Clearwater Central Catholic (5), 7:30; Wednesday: AHN/Lennard winner vs. St. Petersburg Catholic (2), 6; Berkeley Prep/CCC winner vs. Tampa Catholic (1), 7:30; Saturday: final, 7.

Outlook: For years, the Barons have played AHN in the championship game. Now, they'll likely meet in the semifinals with the loser missing out on the playoffs.

Scoring star: No player has meant more to her team than St. Petersburg Catholic's Jerica Coley, who is averaging a county-best 21.8 points per game.

Class 2A, District 11 at Keswick Christian

Schedule: Tuesday: St. Stephen's (4) vs. Admiral Farragut (5), 7; Friday: Keswick Christian (2) vs. Shorecrest (3), 6; St. Stephen's/AFA winner vs. Northside Chr. (1), 7:30. Saturday: final, 7.

Outlook: The Mustangs, despite losing a few starters to injury and graduation, are the top seed. Northside could meet the Crusaders in the final.

Scoring star: Keswick Christian's Tori Hale has picked up the scoring slack on a team that graduated most of its stars. The junior is averaging 16.9 points per game.

Class 2A, District 9 at Tampa Prep

Schedule: Thursday: Tampa Prep (2) vs. Bishop McLaughlin (3), 6; Indian Rocks Christian (1) vs. Calvary Christian (4), 7:30; Friday: final, 7.

Outlook: The Golden Eagles surprised many by going 20-4 and claiming the top seed. They could meet Tampa Prep in the final. The teams split the regular season meetings.

Scoring star: On a team that starts two freshman and two sophomores, Indian Rocks Christian's Courtney St. Louis has provided the senior leadership and the points at 17 per game.

Class A, District 11 at Lakeside Christian

Schedule: Tuesday: Canterbury vs. Oldsmar Christian, 5 p.m.; Thursday: Academy at the Lakes vs. Lakeside Christian, 5; Citrus Park Christian vs. Canterbury/Oldsmar winner, 7; Saturday: final, 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Lions are trying to make the playoffs for the third straight season in a district where every team has a losing record.

They jump. They glide. They drive. Mostly, they shoot. The county's go-to players can hit faraway jumpers or crash over bigger and stronger players to tip the ball into the basket. Their scoring sprees already have put their teams in prominent positions for this week's district tournaments. And they will need to provide the points again to lead their teams to a playoff berth.

Girls basketball district preview: Scorers are all the rage 01/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 8:13pm]
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