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Cougars, Tornadoes roll on

Countryside and Clearwater won semifinals Thursday night to reach the title game of the Class 4A, District 7 girls basketball tournament.

The Cougars, ranked No.

3 in the Class 4A state poll, routed Dunedin 80-56 in the nightcap. The Tornadoes defeated host Seminole 62-48 in the first game.

Countryside (24-0) plays Clearwater for the championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Cougars defeated the Tornadoes twice during the regular season, but Countryside's closest game was a 73-70 win over Clearwater.

Junior guard Sabrina Crump scored a game-high 31 points to spark the Cougars on Thursday. Chrissy Armstrong added 16 points.

Countryside's full-court press forced the Falcons (11-11) into numerous turnovers in the first half, helping build a 45-25 lead.

Stacia Kasper, a transfer from Indiana, scored 29 points to lead the Tornadoes (18-4) by the Warhawks (17-8). Christine Olson and Wendy Madascy led Seminole with 10 points each.

Green Devils edge

Rebels in 4A-8 tourney

SARASOTA _ St. Petersburg High nipped Dixie Hollins 52-50 and Boca Ciega fell to Naples-Barron Collier 53-51 in the first round of 4A-District 8 play at Sarasota Riverview.

St. Petersburg (13-6) plays Bradenton Manatee in a semifinal at 7:45 tonight, after Barron Collier faces top seed Sarasota Riverview, which received a bye in the first round.

With the score tied 45-45 late in forth quarter, St. Petersburg went on a 7-1 scoring run to seal the victory over Dixie (5-14).

Forward Toya Johnson paced the Green Devils with 16 points. Dixie Hollins center Kisha Conway led all scorers with 22.

April Dallas scored 20 points and Tawna Carbart 19 for Boca Ciega (4-18).

_ SEAN LENGELL

Marauders crunch

Tampa Catholic in 2A-11

CLEARWATER _ Clearwater Central Catholic allowed only two field goals in the second half and stifled Tampa Catholic 60-28 in the Class 2A, District 11 quarterfinals.

Tampa Catholic trailed only 17-13 after the first quarter but crumbled offensively after that.

Claire Roach and Diane Jula led the Mauraders with 21 and 14 points, respectively. Sharon Eaton added 11 and pulled down eight rebounds. Maria Mercedes led the Crusaders with 10 points.

"Our kids shared the ball pretty good," Marauders coach Dean Soles said. "Other people scored, which I thought was important for us."

Berkeley Prep dominated Sarasota Booker in the early game, winning 70-48.

CCC (16-10) meets Berkeley's Buccaneers (15-4) in the semifinals today at 8 p.m. The teams have split two games this season. The other semifinal pits Cardinal Mooney and Palmetto, which won quarterfinals Wednesday night.

_ KIM LENNON

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