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Crusaders ease past Holy Names

SARASOTA — Before his team stepped on the court Saturday night to face Academy of the Holy Names in the Class 4A-District 10 championship, Tampa Catholic coach Matt Rocha gave his players a little pep talk.

The Crusaders had won five straight district titles and Rocha felt a need to remind the players of the streak.

“We made sure they were hungry before the game,” he said.

The end result? Tampa Catholic 50, Holy Names 39.

Tampa Catholic will host Lake Placid in the region quarterfinals Thursday while Holy Names will travel to McKeel Academy in Lakeland.

Freshmen Mia Blocker and Alise Davis both finished with double-doubles in the win, delivering a sixth straight district title. Blocker led Tampa Catholic with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while Davis had 12 points and 17 rebounds.

Tampa Catholic led 19-8 after the first quarter but allowed Holy Names to close the lead to 24-20 at halftime.

Holy Names, one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the county, made four of 22 attempts and shot less than 30 percent from the field for the game.

“They weren’t falling tonight,” said Holy Names coach Christopher Severini.

Ashley McWilliams led the Jaguars with a game-high 18 points.

“We matched up with them, we boxed out, we executed defensively and we got up by 12 points,” Rocha said. “We built a lead and got some easy looks.”

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