Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

There's No Place like First Place for Keystone Girls

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

There's No Place like First Place for Keystone Girls

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- No one knows any better than the Keystone

Heights High School girls basketball team that there's no such

thing as second place when it comes to state titles.

The girls found that out last year. After winning back-to-back

state titles in 1994 and 1995, the team was unable to defend the

title in 1996.

But this is 1997. The second-ranked Class 3A Indians, 29-4,

recovered from injuries midway through the season and are

preparing to try to reclaim the state championship.

Coming off a 72-43 victory over host Florida High for the Class

3A North II regional championship in Tallahassee Tuesday, the

girls will be facing Sarasota Cardinal Mooney at 1:45 p.m. in

Lakeland Wednesday in their first game in the Final Four


This marks the team's fifth consecutive Final Four appearance.

"We played very well after getting off to a slow start," Coach

Kathy Boatwright said about Tuesday's game. "We now have a

chance to redeem ourselves after last year."

Senior forward Elise Moore sees Tuesday's victory as a means to

an end.

"We're happy about winning last night, but we won't be excited

until state," said Moore, making her fifth trip to the state tournament.

"It really means a lot being my senior year. This [a state

championship] would be the icing on the cake," Moore said.

In the matchup against Florida High, the Indians left no doubt

who was in charge. The team never gave up a lead that was 28-17

at the half and ended when the buzzer sounded with a 29-point


Junior forward Monique Cardenas again was the team's scoring

leader with 22, followed by Moore with 17 points. And Moore,

Lori Glenn and Tawanna Thomas all got in three-point goals.

For senior guard Glenn a return trip to the final four has

special significance, since last year she was on the bench with

an injury.

"For me it's really good since not being able to play last

year. …

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