Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Green Right on the Money for 'Noles

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Green Right on the Money for 'Noles

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SARASOTA

GIRLS BASKETBALL: She sinks two foul shots in final second for win

Sophomore Shauntavia Green stepped to the foul line and calmly sank both ends of a one-and-one with just 0.4 seconds remaining to give Southeast High (6-0) a 51-49 victory over St. Petersburg Northeast in a battle of unbeaten teams Friday night at the Lady Sailors Thanksgiving Shootout held at Sarasota High.

It was the 33rd straight win for the Class 5A defending state champions in a streak that has lasted 53 weeks. The last time the Seminoles lost was at Sarasota, 62-50, to the Sailors in a regular season game on Nov. 22, 2013.

Southeast appeared to be in complete command as it built a 37-18 halftime lead over the Vikings (7-1).

But Northeast came roaring back to outscore Southeast, 22-7, in the third quarter to cut the margin to 40-31 by the end of the period. After the Vikings tied it at 46-46 with 2:04 remaining, senior Jasmine Williams hit a crucial three-point shot for the Seminoles to make it 49-46.

"Northeast came in here 7-0 for good reason," Southeast coach John Harder said. "We played our best first half of the season."

The Seminoles played without their leading scorer, junior Breyonna Reed, who sat out due to disciplinary issues.

Williams led the Seminoles with 14 points. Sophomore Faith Mays added 12 points and freshman Sophie Giardina and Green contributed eight points each.

Southeast is scheduled to play Seffner Armwood today at 4 p.m. in the final day of the Shootout.

SARASOTA 63

ARMWOOD 44

After holding just a one-point lead at halftime, the Sailors (5- 2) caught fire in the second half to blast the Lady Hawks.

Sophomore Josie LeBlanc, starting in place of senior Zharia Grable who was ill, paced the Sailors with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor.

The Sailors, state semifinalists last season, were dominant under the boards with sophomores Ja'da Bennett, Madison Pack and Cierra McKinon, as well as junior DeQuandra Hill.

Freshman Carlisle Linehan gave the Sailors an 11-point lead (44- 33) with a buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter.

"Switching to a man-to-man defense in the second half was the difference in the game," Sarasota coach Rob Jutras said. …

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