Sophomore guard Ashley Williams dominated with a team-leading 18 points Tuesday to guide Boca Ciega over visiting St. Petersburg Catholic, 60-47.
Befitting a game that was hectic and hard-fought from start to finish, Williams was all over the court in the first half, scoring 12 points and hustling on defense to make steals and disrupt Baron fastbreaks.
Williams and junior forward Tashira Copeland, who scored 11 on the night, picked up the pace after the first quarter, which the Pirates led 12-8. Bogie guard Tiffany Williams, also a junior, came up big with 15 points and helped Boca Ciega (6-4) build a 29-14 halftime advantage.
Robin Link, a junior, led the Barons with 18 points. Twelve came in the final quarter, in which she had some success using her height and inside presence to get to the free-throw line. The Barons stayed close except for the second quarter, when they were outscored 17-6.
But on a night in which the playbook seemed to be secondary to pure athleticism, Pirates coach William White noted that the fast-paced tempo worked to his team's advantage.
"When we get into a running game, I think that really benefits us a lot because then we can spread things out and use our team speed, which we have a lot of," White said.