Region girls basketball: Weeki Wachee 65, Anclote 50
HOLIDAY – Anclote was only in its second postseason appearance and Weeki Wachee was making its debut, but Thursday night’s Class 6A region quarterfinal wasn’t decided by experience. It was decided by the dominant inside play of the Hornets.
Weeki Wachee cleaned up the glass and put the Sharks in foul trouble early on the way to a 65-50 road victory.
“Our girls were very disappointed after losing (the district championship) to Crystal River,” Weeki Wachee coach Mike Munro said. “They came into this one determined to make up for it.”
Most of the contest featured the three post players for Weeki Wachee (21-8) establishing their dominance. Taylor Miller (10 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks), Seytia Hill (16 points, 18 rebounds, two steals), and most notably, Shayleese Vazquez (26 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks) continually pounded the ball in the paint.
On other end, the Hornets also played swarming defense. Anclote, which relies heavily on its outside shooting, struggled in the first quarter, but in the second, the only two baskets for the Sharks were 3s from reserve guard Milca Farrell.
Anclote (21-5) did some damage offensively late, with Kaitlin Manning (16 points), Lyndsey McWhorter (12 points) and Ferrell (10 points) all reaching double figures.
“We’ve played good defense all year,” Vazquez said. “We were confident coming into this game, and I think we accomplished what we wanted to do.”
Although the Sharks played better in the second half, there was not much they could do to derail Weeki Wachee down low. When it was over, a decided 50-25 advantage on the boards proved to be too much.
“We what we can do when we play our best,” Vazquez said. “We’re a true team. Everyone contributes.”