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Published Feb. 8, 2008

Tamara Taylor scored 21 points as Boca Ciega overcame a sluggish start to earn a 66-41 victory over North Port Thursday night.

The Pirates (25-3) trailed 9-3 midway through the first quarter before a quarter-ending surge tied the score at 13.

"It's funny because we'll either usually come out strong or we'll come out slow," Pirates coach Will White said. "We haven't been able to find that consistency to start the game.

The coach also credited his opponents for contributing to the slow start.

"North Port's starting five is as good as any we've faced this season," White said. "They are big and it took us a while to match their intensity."

When the Pirates did catch up to the pace of the game, however, they were in full control. A 10-0 run gave Boca Ciega its first lead at 18-13 and an 11-0 run to end the quarter extended the Pirates' lead to 36-24.

In the second half Boca Ciega stepped up the pressure and held North Port without a basket for the first five minutes and quickly pushed the lead to 20. The Pirates also shot well, hitting seven 3-pointers.

Latavia Dempsey added 17 points for the Pirates.