Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Slower Proves to Be Better for Venice Girls | Indians Beat Braden River for Fifth Straight Win, Spot in Semifinals

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Slower Proves to Be Better for Venice Girls | Indians Beat Braden River for Fifth Straight Win, Spot in Semifinals

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: CLASS 7A-District 12

VENICE -- Slower is better for the Venice High girls basketball team.

When assistant coach Joe Holloway began instructing the Indians to operate at a slower pace and work for a better shot, the team found its niche offensively.

Venice pounded out its fifth straight win, a 54-31 victory over Braden River in the quarterfinal round of the Class 7A-District 11 tournament Monday night at the Indians Teepee.

The fourth-seeded Indians (10-8) return to action 7 p.m. Wednesday at top-seeded Lakewood Ranch in the semifinal round.

"It's definitely our new coach that came in. He's been helping us with offense, telling us to be patient," said Venice senior guard Taylor Angelo about Holloway, who joined the program this season.

"Run it slower because a lot of teams are faster and more athletic than us," Venice senior guard Taylor Angelo said after scoring a game-high 22 points. "After we started running our offense slower, we started picking up wins."

Angelo got the Indians off to a good start with nine points in the first quarter and 12 in the first half. Venice scored the first 13 points of the game and never looked back in defeating the Pirates (2-18) for the third time this season.

"We finally gelled together. It's taken a long time," Indians coach Jim Davis said. "A lot of the girls who were on this team from last year were all role players, with the exception of Taylor Angelo. And they weren't playing heavy minutes. Building trust throughout the season. Being in different situations and seeing how each other reacts. Finally, we're starting to trust each other and understand.

"Schematically, we're more patient on offense."

Senior post Gabriela Perez also provided an early boost with eight points in the first half, six in the second quarter, as the Indians opened a 28-11 lead at halftime.

Braden River second-year coach Kristen Fulmer could not understand why her team came out flat at the start. …

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