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Wiregrass Ranch girls basketball red hot

BY ANDY VILLAMARZO
Tribune correspondent

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WESLEY CHAPEL — Heading into this 2013-14 season, most of the buzz for Pasco County high school girls basketball surrounded programs like Academy at the Lakes, Gulf and Pasco. Rightfully so, since the Wildcats were the Class 2A state runner-up last season, Pasco was a region finalist and Gulf a region semifinalist.

However, the county’s best team isn’t one of those aforementioned, but from Wiregrass Ranch, as the Bulls (19-1), who have their eyes set on school records and earning the program’s first region tournament berth.

“It may sound corny, but our unselfish play and team camaraderie have been the main reasons why this group is so special,” coach John Gant said. “Our goal right now is to win a district title. I’ve mentioned us reaching the final four once, and the girls understand how good we could be.”

Wiregrass has already started setting team firsts this season by defeating district-rival Steinbrenner 49-41 on Dec. 17.

It’s the Warriors lone loss, and now, Gant’s program is state ranked within Class 7A.

With seven games remaining, including Class 7A-District 8 opponents Freedom and Sickles, plus county-foe River Ridge, the Bulls are eyeing a district title.

“I believe we’re much more successful this year because we play more of a team game,” forward Amanda Melosky said. “Being 19-1 right now doesn’t mean anything if we don’t win the district.”

Wiregrass’ team play is evident in the season statistics, as the Bulls are averaging 16.1 assists and scoring 60 points per contest.

The team scoring is balanced as well, with Melosky leading the way at 16.5 points a game and five other players averaging 6.3 or better.

“I think we’re very unselfish,” Melosky added. “There’s great balance. If one person is down, someone else will pick them up. We really want to win the rest of our regular-season games, with Freedom and Sickles being some tough ones. Winning the district title is our main goal.”

Correspondent Andy Villamarzo can be reached at andyvillamarzo@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @avillamarzo.

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