CLEARWATER — If you want to compete against Clearwater in a regional, you can't go a quarter without a field goal.
Thursday night, Largo went two quarters without a field goal and the scoreboard showed it. In quarterfinal play, the Tornadoes defeated the Packers 62-22 with the clock running in the third quarter.
"I was real pleased with our aggressiveness," coach Tom Shaneyfelt said.
"It feels good. It feels like we're improving," guard Latrel Kirkland said. "We still have to improve two times more."
Clearwater (22-6) led 17-9 after a competitive first quarter, but Largo (12-9) shot 0-for-9 from the field in the second period to help give the Tornadoes a 39-12 lead at halftime. The Packers thought they caught a break when Kendra Brown appeared to sink a half-court shot at the buzzer, but the shot was ruled too late.
Instead, Kirkland got the shot-of-the-night honor as she scored on her first reverse layup. She dribbled the baseline and tossed a shot over her head and behind her.
"That was the only shot I had at that time," Kirkland said. "Then everyone was like, 'Aahhhh!' "
The Packers also went the entire fourth quarter without a field goal and shot 6-for-27 from the field for the game.
Ten players scored for Clearwater. Emma Loucks and Lashe Kirkland led the way with 12 points apiece. Largo was led by Gloria Reneau with nine.