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Girls basketball: Oliver scores 19 vs. former team

LAND O' LAKES - In only her second regular-season game of the season, Academy at the Lakes' guard Amelia Oliver was facing off against her old squad from the last couple seasons, Sunlake, which she transferred from during the off-season. There was no hugging, high-fiving or talking in pregame. Just business as usual for Oliver as she did take care of it against the Seahawks, scoring 18 points en route to a 62-26 blowout Tuesday evening. "It was sort of different but nothing to worry about," Oliver said. "I know just about every girl on (Sunlake's) team except maybe two or three. We kind of just went our own ways and played the game. Nothing said really." And not much needed to be said amongst the two squads going in different paths, as Academy at the Lakes (2-0) proved they're currently on a different level then most Pasco County teams. The Wildcats jumped out to a 25-13 lead after the first quarter, with Oliver (6-of-22 shooting) finishing the initial period with 10 points.
The Seahawks (0-3) ended the quarter with 15 turnovers and were not able to re-group after the first, as in the second quarter the Wildcats would continue to dominate with their fastbreak play and quick hands, forcing turnovers. Wildcats forced 33 turnovers and turned over the ball 16 times. Academy at the Lakes continued its torrid pace and got big contributions from point guard Samantha Fernandez (21 points, six assists, eight steals) and Andrea Mauger (15 points, four rebounds). The entire second half would run under a running clock and Sunlake would be held to nine points and the Wildcats only scored 15. Sunlake was led by Jhade Hayes' double-double, as she notched 10 points and 10 boards and Tayler Berryman added seven points.

Andy Villamarzo can be reached at andyvillamarzo@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @andyvillamarzo.
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