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Plant 68, Durant 44: At Durant, the Panthers (4-3, 3-1) jumped out to a 22-2 lead and rolled from there in a Class 8A, District 7 clash. Junior forward Andrew Sanders had a double double (21 points, 15 rebounds) while senior Alex Mitura (20 points) had six 3-pointers.
Jesuit 85, Spoto 38: At Riverview, the Tigers (7-0, 4-0) got 22 points and eight rebounds from 6-foot-6 Colgate signee Jack Fleming to remain in command of the Class 5A, District 11 race. Senior Joey Galvis added 18 points.
Lennard 70, Robinson 57: At Ruskin, junior Caelen Watts had 23 points to lead the Longhorns (5-2, 3-1) in a pivotal Class 5A, District 11 matchup. Cody Brown led the Knights (4-3, 2-2).
East Bay 55, Plant City 42: At Gibonston, Anton Crutcher and Marcus Wright combined for 28 points to lead the Indians (6-1, 3-1) in a Class 7A, District 8 victory.
Steinbrenner 2, Plant City 0: At Plant City, the Warriors (6-4) got goals from sophomore Jessica Taylor and junior Dani Eule en route to their third shutout in four matches. Senior Stephanie Hirsch had three saves.
Tampa Prep 10, Tampa Catholic 2: Three Terrapins had multiple goals, led by Alonso transfer Darla Harrison’s five, in a romp of the Crusaders. Juniors Alexandra Daley and Abby Bravo had two goals each.
Wharton 5, Strawberry Crest 0: At Dover, the Wildcats peppered the Chargers with 14 shots on goal. Junior Laura Johnson had two goals for Wharton (10-1-3).
East Bay 3, Durant 1: At Durant, freshman Allie Haeck had two goals for the Indians (8-2-1, 5-0-1), who remain atop the Class 4A, District 9 standings.
Jesuit 2, Leto 1: The Tigers (13-1-2, 5-0-1), who finished with only a 7-6 shots-on-goal advantage, got goals from senior Andrew Mason and sophomore Jacob Starnes in a pivotal Class 3A, District 9 victory.
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Anton Crutcher, East Bay: The junior forward came two rebounds shy of a double-double (16 points, eight rebounds) in the Indians’ win against Plant City.
Taylor Emery, Freedom: The sophomore guard had 29 points in only 2 ½ quarters in the Patriots girls’ rout of Wiregrass Ranch.
Darla Harrison, Tampa Prep: With former Terrapins (and current LSU) standout Colby Maffei watching, Harrison, a 5-foot sophomore midfielder, scored five goals against Tampa Catholic. Two were headers off corner kicks.
Andrew Sanders, Plant: The 6-foot-5 foward collected his fifth double double of the year (21 points, 15 rebounds) in the Panthers’ rout of Durant.
Curtis Walls, Cambridge Christian: The 6-foot-3 senior had 21 points, including three 3-pointers, in the 8-0 Lancers’ 62-32 victory against Bayshore Christian.
By the numbers
5 Consecutive matches in which East Bay senior Kalynne Heyer has scored at least one goal. The Indians have won the last four.
8 Steals recorded by Jesuit senior Joey Galvis in the Tigers’ romp of Spoto
41 Three-pointers scored by Alonso’s boys in their last four games. The Ravens had collected 11 in three consecutive games before scoring eight in Tuesday’s 64-28 running-clock rout of Leto.
“She’s unselfish, that’s the thing. She just scored really good goals tonight.” – Tampa Prep coach Cindy Schofield, on Harrison’s quintet of goals