HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 4-10
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Feb. 4 through Friday, Feb. 10. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Kaliah Henderson, basketball, Robinson: The sophomore guard was a scoring machine in the Knight’s 49-33 win over Lake Wales. She scored 26 points in the Class 6A region quarterfinal.
Julia Ingram, basketball, Palm Harbor University: The senior guard scored 32 points against Durant in the Class 8A region quarterfinal. A starter since her freshman year, she eclipsed 2,000 career points. Ingram now has 2,020 total points.
Payton Paro, basketball, Plant: The senior scored a game-high 25 points, 19 of which came in the second half, to help the Panthers defeat Bartow 71-65 in a Class 8A regional quarterfinal.
Alexis Taglieri, basketball, Countryside: The senior scored 20 points, including 11 of 13 from the free-throw line, to help the Cougars defeat Tampa Bay Tech in a Class 8A region quarterfinal. It was Countryside’s first region win since 1993.
Shayleese Vazquez, basketball, Weeki Wachee: The Hornets were making their first region tournament appearance against Anclote, and Vazquez came up big. She had 26 points and 11 rebounds in the 65-50 win.
Sarah Vo, basketball, Springstead: The senior guard scored 15 points and hit two clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Eagles defeat King 51-46 in a Class 7A region quarterfinal. It was Springstead’s first region tournament win.
J.T. Copper, soccer, Berkeley Prep: The freshman scored the winning goal in the second overtime to beat Miami LaSalle 1-0 in the Class 2A state semifinals. The Buccaneers will play in the state final for the first time since 2012.
Sam Garner, basketball, Central: The senior had a team-high 19 points in a 67-59 win over Nature Coast in the Class 6A, District 7 title game. It was the first district title for the Bears since 1997 and ended a 17-game losing streak to the Sharks.
Kevin Knox, basketball, Tampa Catholic: The five-star recruit had a monster performance at this week’s Class 5A, District 9 tournament, scoring 40 points in the semifinals and 29 in the finals to lead the Crusaders to a title. He also became Hillsborough County’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing former Plant City standout Russell Evans.
Nathan Levi, basketball, Canterbury: The junior forward scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, and had nine rebounds to lead the Crusaders to a 44-43 win over top seed Winter Haven All Saints’ in the Class 3A, District 4 title game.
David Pierce, basketball, Gibbs: The junior had a team-high 18 points as the Gladiators rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat rival Lakewood 57-53 in the Class 6A, District 11 championship.
Alec Sherman, basketball, Mitchell: The 6-foot-5 forward had a team-high 16 points, including four critical points on a pair of free throws and a layup late in the fourth quarter, to seal a 44-42 win over Land O’Lakes in the Class 7A, District 8 title game.