Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Southeast Trounces State-Ranked Sickles

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Southeast Trounces State-Ranked Sickles

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BRADENTON

GIRLS BASKETBALL: 'Noles break away for 60-37 victory in Clemons event

When the Southeast High girls basketball team reaches full throttle, the outcome usually looks like the Lady Seminoles' 60-37 destruction of once-beaten, state-ranked Tampa Sickles on Thursday night in the semifinals of the ninth annual Willie Clemons Girls Basketball Classic.

Junior Keshawna Robinson (21 points, 13 rebounds) and junior DeAngela Mathis (15 points, nine rebounds) took over a one-point game in the third quarter and turned it into a blowout.

"That's about as good as we could play," said Southeast coach John Harder.

Southeast (13-1) will meet Seminole (14-3) in the championship game today at 6:30 p.m.

Seminole is missing two injured starters, senior Raven Hartsfield (knee) and Kim Tricker (torn ACL), leaving it with no seniors on the team.

Freshman Tierra Taylor (18 points) led Seminole to a 51-49 victory over Boca Ciega in the other semifinal.

Seminole beat Southeast in the 2010 Clemons Classic semifinals.

"They're quick, fast on their feet and pretty scrappy," said Southeast senior Breanna Nice. "So we just have to play up to that, because we have speed, just as well as them."

Sickles (13-2) had cut the lead to one, 26-25, with 4:40 left in the third before a layup by Robinson preceded 10 straight points from Mathis. Three more points from Robinson gave Southeast a 41-27 lead after three periods.

"We never got over that," said Sickles coach Mark Key, whose team is ranked 10th in Class 6A. "They're a great team."

Mathis, the MVP of the 2011 Clemons Classic, could be on her way to repeating that honor.

"We look for her to score when we can't," said Nice, a 16 points- per-game scorer who is handicapped by a badly sprained wrist.

In the consolation round, Riverview overcame a 16- point third quarter deficit and held on for a 45-43 victory over Venice (5-11), which suffered its third straight loss.

Lakewood Ranch made a valiant comeback from a four-point first half but was beaten 34-28 by Lakeland Kathleen. …

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