LARGO (5-3) vs CROSSLAND (7-5)
Coming into the game Crossland had a lot of things in their favor, they had been battle tested in two major tournaments playing in both the She Got Game Classic and the Title IX Holiday Showcase, they had two players averaging over 15 points per game in Katelyn Canlas (17.3 ppg) and Alexus King (15.9 ppg), also two of Largo's starters where out with injuries. The Cavaliers started the game hot, breaking out to an early 6-0 lead and led the home team Largo Lions 14-9 after the first period. Crossland seemed to be in control during the quarter, but both teams had concerns as the team fouls began to mount up with 20 team fouls (10 each) in the first quarter and each team being in the double bonus well before the quarter ended. Despite having the lead, Crossland would have the worst of the situation as they came into the game with only 7 players on their roster and they were having difficulty containing the area's leading scorer Stephanie Guihon who had 8 of her teams 9 points after the first period. Crossland was still able to stay on top leading by as much as 9 points before heading into the half with a 26-21 lead. Guihon, who had been averaging over 30 points per game, had scored 16 points of the Lions 21 by halftime while Canlas and King combined for 14 points between the two.
The Lions made some adjustments at the half and were able to get their first lead of the game with 3:30 remaining in the third after a steal and break-away layup by Briana Jones (10 pts), and Largo was up 37-34 heading into the 4th quarter. The final period went back and fourth with 8 lead changes in the period. King led the way for the Cavs with 21 points and Canlas added 17 points as they had to finish the game with four players due to foul disqualifications. The Lions were also plagued with fouls but had enough depth to finish off Crossland in what turned out to be a pretty exciting contest. Largo's Stephanie Guihon who was named Next Sports Phenom's Player of the Month for December finished with a game high 27 points and 10 boards while going 15 for 18 from the line. Jocelyn Manning added 14 boards to go along with her 8 points and Assata Reid added 10 points in the win.