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Pasco Tribune girls basketball notebook

ANDY VILLAMARZO Special Correspondent
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 09:36 AM

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HUDSON -

Pulling off the feat of notching a triple-double is one of extreme difficulty.

Imagine pulling off it off two games in a row.

Gulf point guard Lexy Schulman did just that in victories over Fivay (65-24) and Hudson (73-13), which were seven days apart because of the Thanksgiving vacation. The junior point guard against the Falcons had 10 points, 10 assists and 10 steals and in the Buccaneers' blowout victory over the Cobras scored 12 points and added 13 steals and 13 assists. Gulf is currently 3-1.

Schulman has put together a stellar junior season through four games as the floor general is averaging career-highs in points (10.3), assists (11.5) and steals (8.5). Last season Schulman averaged 3.3 points per game, 5.7 assists per game and 3.9 steals per game.

"(Lexy) is doing a great job running our offense," Gulf coach Mike Quarto said. "She's just doing a great job in transition and we're getting great contributions from everyone, including Kayla Kivinski and Kadejah Saunders. We're playing well right now and hopefully we can keep it up going into next week."

Pasco off to hot start

For a team that finished with a 9-14 record last year, the Pirates are turning some heads this season and have started the season 5-0 and have picked up some impressive wins along the way.

Pasco started off the season with an 86-8 blowout victory over Lakeland Sonrise Christian and then followed it up with a then surprising 44-39 win over Ridgewood. The Pirates have been on a roll since then, picking up solid wins over Hudson (63-16), Wiregrass Ranch (53-50) and Fivay (47-46).

The Pirates' success has hinged on the scoring of three sophomores in Brianca Roberts, Aaliyah Mckenzie and Allahon Marbra. Roberts has been the explosive combo-guard and she has averaged 17.2 points per game, 4.6 assists a game and added 3.2 rebounds per contest. Marbra has been the leading scorer for Pasco throughout its early hot-streak as the 5-foot-6 guard has averaged 17 points per game and 3.8 rebounds and Mckenzie is averaging 8.8 ppg.

Pasco has an excellent opportunity to race out to a 9-0 start, with upcoming games vs. Anclote, Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Land O' Lakes until the Pirates' rematch with Ridgewood on Dec. 16th. The Pirates are scheduled to faceoff vs. The Pasco Tribune/TBO.com's No.2 team in Gulf on Dec. 29.

Ridgewood bounces back

Ridgewood took on a rough start to begin the season, going 0-3, including a tough 50-37 season-opening loss to neighboring rival River Ridge.

The Rams, though, have bounced back following losses to Pasco (44-39) and Wiregrass Ranch (43-34), and picked up back-to-back victories over Zephyrhills (60-17) and Anclote (55-31) and now stand at 2-3.

In the Rams' 60-17 victory over the Bulldogs, Ridgewood guard Natasha Morris scored a season-high 41 points and also chipped in three rebounds and six steals. Morris in her 41-point effort knocked down six 3-pointers and went 11-of-14 from the free-throw line. The senior is averaging 18.6 points per game and has gone 19-of-25 from the line.

Ridgewood started off the season as The Pasco Tribune/TBO.com's No. 3 team and might be able to climb its way back up with upcoming games against Wesley Chapel, Fivay and Gulf.

The Pasco Tribune/TBO.com girls basketball Top 5

(Through Nov. 29)

1. Academy at the Lakes 2-0

2. Gulf 3-1

3. River Ridge 2-1

4. Pasco 5-0

5. Wiregrass Ranch 3-2


Andy Villamarzo covers Pasco County girls prep basketball and can be reached at andyvillamarzo@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @andyvillamarzo.

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