Prep girls basketball: First Baptist routs St. Pete-Canterbury in 2A regional quarterfinal

The First Baptist Academy girls basketball team dispatched St. Petersburg-Canterbury 53-21 on Thursday night at the Lions' gym.

Heading into the Class 2A regional quarterfinal matchup, FBA coach Jennifer Lines had a message for her team.

"We wanted to come out with a lot of energy," said Lines, whose team improved to 17-11 on the season. "We wanted to be in attack mode.

"Our focus was on trying to make good things happen."

Right from the opening tip, the Lions made a lot of good things happen.

With a balanced scoring attack in which seven Lions put points on the board, FBA took a 9-4 lead at the end of one quarter.

In the second, FBA held Canterbury to one field goal as it took a commanding 27-8 lead into halftime.

Emily Lines led First Baptist with 17 points. She was aided by teammates Rachel Mosbach's 12 and Ali Emerson's 11.

Thursday also marked the fourth time in the Lions' fourth year as a varsity program that FBA hosted a regional playoff game.

"We've been blessed in able to do that," said Coach Lines, also Emily's mother. "I wanted the girls to really enjoy our great fans and families in the stands that always support us. I don't want our girls to take that for granted."

The win sets up another home regional playoff game for the Lions. On Tuesday, FBA will host Sarasota Christian in the regional semifinal.

The Lions defeated Sarasota Christian 48-41 in the regional semifinal last year. Earlier this season, FBA edged Sarasota Christian 44-40.

"Sarasota Christian always brings the intensity," Lines said. "We're expecting a great battle."

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FIRST BAPTIST 53, ST. PETERSBURG-CANTERBURY 21

ST. PETERSBURG-CANTERBURY (21)

Mitchell 1 0-0 2, Hill 3 0-0 7, Fisher 2 0-0 4, Wells 1 0-0 2, McMullen 1 0-0 2, Coia 2 0-0 2. Totals 10 0-0 21.

FIRST BAPTIST (53)

Mosbach 4 3-4 12, Robertson 0 0-0 0, Lines 4 8-10 17, Messen 1 2-2 4, Reed 2 0-0 4, Cox 1 0-0 2, Emerson 4 3-3 11, Foreman 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 16-19.

SP-C 4 4 7 6 — 21

FBA 9 18 24 2 — 53

3-pointers: SP-C — Hill; FBA — Lines, Mosbach. Team fouls: SP-C 14 FBA 4. Fouled out: Hill; Technicals: None

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