Plant musters enough offense to beat Holy Names
TAMPA - Plant coach Carrie Mahon hopes the Panthers' shooting woes were only because it had been 12 days since they had played. If not, tonight's Jaguar Holiday Tournament semifinal against Gulf could be a tough one. Plant used a tough full-court press and some timely shooting in the third quarter to defeat host Academy of the Holy Names 50-28 in the last of three opening-round games Tuesday. The Panthers (10-2) will face Gulf today in one of the semifinal games. The other will have Clearwater against Durant.Gulf (14-1) defeated Middleton 88-9 behind a 37-point effort by Nicole Adams while Durant (9-2) downed Tampa Prep 59-14. Clearwater (15-1) received a first-round bye when Plant City withdrew from the tournament and a replacement could not be found. Despite Plant's stingy defense that forced 15 first-half turnovers, the Panthers shot 7-for-40 (17.5 percent) in the first 16 minutes and only led 16-10 at halftime. "We weren't just missing our shots," Mahon said. "We weren't on the same page - things weren't crisp. I thought we had gone back to the 1950s where girls just took set shots. Last time I checked, we were kind of built like the boys and we can jump off the ground." Plant continued to play pressure defense and outscored the Jaguars 20-5 in the third quarter. Holy Names was playing without leading scorer Amanda McWilliams (10.8), who is out with a broken finger. Kaitlyn Brady and Kelly Brennan combined for 14 of the Panthers' 20 third-quarter points. Brady finished as the leading scorer with 15 and Brennan had 13.