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After a solid upset of rival Central to get into the Class 6A, District 6 semifinals, Springstead felt the wrath of the tournament’s top seed Thursday night in Ocala.
Citrus blasted the Eagles 57-16 to clinch a spot in the state playoffs.
Springstead (5-19) played Citrus (24-2) tough in the first quarter, carrying over the confidence from its opening-round win. The score was 12-7 after that period.
“That’s when the wheels fell off,” Springstead coach George Bennett said. “We’re still a very young team, and when that happens, we still haven’t figured how to get them back on.”
Starting four sophomores and a freshman, the Eagles have an opportunity to make some marked improvement next season. Anna Poholek, who set the school’s single-season rebounding record this season with 201, chipped in six points and nine rebounds against the Hurricanes.
“We’ll be making some noise next year,” Bennett said. “These girls are getting better and better.”
Hannah May, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, added five points and nine rebounds.