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Thu. January 17, 2013 | Times Staff

Records through Wednesday’s games

1. Freedom (18-2):
Sophomore guard Taylor Emery (21.4 points) is expected to return Friday against Steinbrenner after suffering a concussion Jan. 5. A win clinches the district title.

2. Seffner Christian (19-2): Crusaders cruised to a lopsided victory over then-undefeated Academy at the Lakes, and followed with a 46-point win over Tampa Prep.

3. Steinbrenner (18-4): Has a chance to topple top-ranked Freedom on senior night in their gym, where they’re 18-1 the past two seasons.

4. Sickles (18-4): Pulled out a two-point win at Armwood despite shooting 28 percent and being outrebounded 45-19; will be the top seed in District 6A-11.

5. Newsome (13-6): Held off an improving Alonso at home to maintain a half-game lead in District 8A-7.

6. Plant (15-5): Close on the heels of district rival Newsome, the Panthers rolled to big wins over Plant City and Durant.

7. Strawberry Crest (15-5): Since the end of the winter break, the Chargers have won past three games by an average of 52 points.

In the conversation: Tampa Bay Tech (12-9), Armwood (11-9), Riverview (14-6), Alonso (13-7).

1. Jesuit (17-1):
Our kingdom for just one Jesuit-Tampa Prep game.

2. Tampa Prep (18-0): Terps’ unblemished record gets major challenge Friday vs. Miami Norland in Punta Gorda.

3. Berkeley Prep (16-2): Bucs rebound with gritty win vs. Tampa Catholic three days after falling to Tampa Prep.

4. Wharton (17-2): Like all public schools, Wildcats have been idle during exam week.

5. Tampa Catholic (12-6): Six teams that have defeated Crusaders own a combined record of 93-13.

6. Sickles (16-3): Gryphons had an entire exam week to stew over last week’s 15-point loss to Armwood.

7. Brandon (12-5): After some recent lean years, young and talented Eagles are back.

In the conversation: Armwood (14-6), Chamberlain (14-5), Freedom (12-2), Tampa Bay Christian (12-1)


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