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Bogie welcomes back its superstar

Tia Miller scored 10 points in her first game back from an August knee injury and helped Boca Ciega to a 78-26 win over Dixie Hollins on Wednesday night.

The win gives the Pirates the Pinellas County Athletic Conference South Division title.

Boca Ciega (22-5) will face Clearwater (20-6), if the Tornadoes beat Tarpon Springs tonight, for the fifth consecutive season in the PCAC title game.

Since the PCAC split into divisions in 1995, Boca Ciega has represented the South every season. The Pirates are looking to improve on their county-best nine conference titles and regain the crown from Clearwater.

The game is at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Pinellas Park. Cost is $3.

HIGH SCORERS: Indian Rocks Christian guard Amy Johansen became the school's all-time leading scorer with 15 points against Tampa Baptist on Friday. With 1,237 points, Johansen passed Shannon McConnell's old mark of 1,225 set from 1993-96.

Johansen, a junior, is the third Golden Eagle to reach the 1,000-point plateau, joining Jenny Heidenreich (1,041; 1994-97) and McConnell. She hit 1,000 on Dec. 13.

Johansen joins Clearwater's Alison O'Brien and Ruth Hammond and Dixie Hollins' Brandy Lovelady as other Pinellas players who have surpassed 1,000 points this season.

ILL EAGLES: Johansen set her mark despite battling the effects of a flu bug that hit Indian Rocks Christian. With Johansen, Beth Taylor and Felicia Bass ill recently, the Eagles missed their combined average 50 points of offense and lost games they normally would have won.

Coach Phil Farver said in a 10-day span, he had at least five players affected by the flu each day.

LAYUPS: Despite playing for the 2-21 Green Devils, St. Petersburg's Janelle McCullough is having a good season. She is averaging 11.9 points and 5.5 rebounds a game and is shooting 69 percent from the free-throw line. After erasing an 11-point halftime lead to beat Largo 67-58 Friday, Dixie Hollins coach Gina Wilkerson proclaimed, "We've arrived." Apparently so, the Rebels popped into the Class 4A state poll at No. 10 this week, Largo's old spot. Shorecrest eighth-grader Tess Mullinax continues to set Pinellas on fire. She became the first player to reach 500 points this season and leads the county with 21.7 points a game for the Chargers (5-23).

_ ERIC VICIAN

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