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""Basketball. Everything. How to make layups, how to box out, how to get the ball inside. I think I've got a book on it somewhere around here if you want to look at it."

_ DOUG APLIN

_ Chamberlain coach on what the Chiefs needed to improve on after Tuesday's 61-40 loss to district opponent, Wharton

POINT MADE

Thousand-point scorers are becoming old hat to Cambridge coach Karim Nohra, who recently saw two players on his team score their 1,000th in back-to-back games. Cambridge senior Betsy Brown scored her 1,000th Saturday at Land O'Lakes, and teammate Stephanie Grace scored her 1,000th Monday at Montverde Academy. Nohra, in his 14th season as a varsity coach, has seen seven others surpass the barrier; while at Tampa Catholic, Meghann McNiff, Glenna Dickman, Maria Mercedes, Michelle Stark, September Harrison, Lisa Pullaro and Alicia Dominguez scored 1,000. Brown and Grace are the first Lancers Nohra has coached to 1,000 points, and he expects freshman Alexis Walker to be the next.

MEET RONI CARITHERS

A 5-foot-3 Brandon guard averaging 15.5 points per game

ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Jigsaw puzzles I still play with them

DREAM JOB: Police officer

FARTHEST PLACE TRAVELED: North Carolina

FAVORITE FOOD: Broccoli and cheese

GPA: 3.5

CELEBRITY I'D MOST LIKE TO MEET: Allen Iverson _ He has the most heart of any player in the NBA, and he works harder than everybody

LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Love Don't Cost a Thing

SIBLINGS: Sister Ronina (22), sister Marquita (20), brother Charles (12)

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: My cousin is (Brandon forward) Zaronn Cann.

THE TOP FIVE (BOYS)

1. Brandon (15-3)

2. Berkeley Prep (13-2)

3. Wharton (13-4)

4. Gaither (11-5)

5. Riverview (10-5)

LIFE WITHOUT "Z"

Brandon forward Zaronn Cann and the rest of the Eagles suspected the worst after Cann injured his knee during a game against Plant last week. An MRI scan on Thursday confirmed those fears: Cann's MCL (ligament on the inner side of the knee joint) was completely severed, and his ACL will require donor replacement. He will have surgery next week and begin rehabilitation six weeks after that, but is expected to sit out the next 6-9 months.

Now comes the real test for the county's top team: How will Brandon fare without its leading scorer? The Eagles, ranked second in Class 5A, have been the most dominant team in the county the past two seasons, and have a tough road ahead if they hope to continue that dominance.

THE TOP FIVE (GIRLS)

1. Tampa Bay Tech (16-1)

2. Cambridge (17-2)

3. Bloomingdale (13-4)

4. Plant (12-2)

5. Acad. of the Holy Names (13-3)

BEST BETS

MONDAY: Tampa Bay Tech at Armwood (girls), 7:45 p.m.; The Titans shouldn't be too concerned with the district opponent Hawks, but the teams always match up well and should draw a large, noisy crowd.

TUESDAY: Hillsborough at Brandon, (boys) 7:45; This was already a game the Terriers had circled on their schedule, but now they have an even better reason to look forward to it _ a chance to win.

FRIDAY: Riverview at Bloomingdale (girls), 7:45: Bloomingdale is strong, but Riverview is not to be underestimated with some of the county's top talent. This may be the beginning of a new east Hillsborough County rivalry.

FRIDAY: Wharton at Gaither (boys), 7:45: Can the Wildcats overcome the Cowboys this time around? Stranger things have happened this season, and Wharton has only gotten tougher since the last meeting Jan. 13.

_ Compiled by Emily Nipps.

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