Girls district basketball
7A-9, Steinbrenner 51, Freedom 39: Having already clinched the third-year program’s first playoff berth, the Warriors added the first district crown to their list of accomplishments from this season. Junior Bailey Hooker led Steinbrenner with 16 points and added five blocks.
6A-11, Jefferson 52, Sickles 48: Down by as many as 12 in the first half, Jefferson switched to a box-and-one defense in an attempt to contain Sickles guard Bre Crum. Dragons senior Shayla Upshaw was able to slow Crum, and Jefferson tied the game at 23 and never trailed by more than three down the stretch.
5A-11, Blake 35, Robinson 32: Senior Dominique Brown paced the Yellow Jackets with 20 points and junior Le’Area Wilkerson added 10 as Blake was able to hold off No. 1 seed Robinson.
4A-9, Tampa Catholic 62, Holy Names 45: Thanks to a tremendous third-quarter effort from junior Brittany Betts, the Crusaders were able to beat Holy Names for the third time this season en route to their fourth consecutive district title. Senior Kai Jones led the scorers with 24 points.
Boys region soccer
Gaither 1, George Jenkins 0 (forfeit): Quite literally, 11th-year Gaither boys soccer coach Eric Sims has effortlessly picked up his 200th career victory. Lakeland George Jenkins, the Cowboys’ opponent in the Class 4A region semifinals, was forced to forfeit for using an ineligible player in Tuesday’s 3-1 victory against Freedom. Gaither automatically advances to Tuesday’s region final, where it will seek a second straight final four berth.
Jesuit 2, Palmetto 1 (OT): Jesuit senior Brett Durrance’s 20-yard blast from the top of the box with 2:25 to play in overtime lifted the Tigers (18-3-1) in the Class 3A semis. Durrance’s winner avenged a three-goal playoff loss to Palmetto — which tied the score with a penalty kick in the 70th minute — on the Tigers’ pitch two winters ago. “Oh my gosh,” said Durrance, whose team hosts Immokalee in Tuesday’s region final. “I can’t give you a statement. I’ve never felt this before.” Durrance, who scored the Tigers’ other goal in the 51st minute, took a through ball from Jacob Vila, cut past one defender and drilled a right-footed shot to the left corner for the winner.
Berkeley Prep 3, Clearwater Central Catholic 1: Senior Justin Vogel, junior Tyler Sacone and sophomore Daniel Felman each scored for Berkeley. The Buccaneers (17-7-2) are headed to their fifth consecutive region final, where they’ll host West Palm Beach King’s Academy on Tuesday. CCC’s lone goal came on a Buccaneers own goal.
Tampa Prep 3, Indian Rocks Christian 1: One week after a historic win over the Terrapins in the district final, the Golden Eagles were unable to get past their nemesis again. IRC was able to match Tampa Prep in scoring opportunities with each team getting seven shots on goal. But the Terrapins scored two pivotal goals in the second half to pull away.
Standout performances from Friday night
Dominique Brown, Blake: With 20 points, the senior was responsible for 57 percent of her team’s total offense as the Yellow Jackets beat Robinson 35-32.
Bre Crum, Sickles: The do-it-all senior scored 25 for Sickles, which fell just short against Jefferson, 52-48.
Brett Durrance, Jesuit: The prolific senior scored both goals — the last in overtime — in the Tigers’ region semifinal win against Palmetto.
Kai Jones, Tampa Catholic: The senior turned in her fourth consecutive 20-point game and led the Crusaders with 24 in their 62-45 win over Academy of the Holy Names.
Marcus Hill, Armwood: The rangy junior collected a rare triple double (25 points, 17 rebounds, 14 blocks) in the Hawks’ 81-65 romp of Lennard.
Troy Holston, Wharton: The 6-foot-4 junior scored a game-high 22 in the Wildcats’ 63-53 triumph against Blake.
Shayla Wilson, Jefferson: The senior forward scored 21 as her team rallied to beat Sickles 52-48.
By the numbers
0 Times Crum has scored fewer than 10 points this year
4 Consecutive district titles for the Tampa Catholic girls hoops team
5 Consecutive region final berths for Berkeley Prep's boys soccer team, which earned No. 5 with Friday's 3-1 win vs. CCC
12 Consecutive wins for Steinbrenner’s girls (who set a school record for wins this season) and Plant’s boys basketball teams
14 Points Sickles girls guard Bre Crum scored in the first quarter alone Friday
200 Career victories for Gaither boys soccer coach Eric Sims, who didn’t even have to fill out a roster for the milestone win. The Cowboys claimed Friday’s 4A region semifinal by forfeit against Lakeland’s George Jenkins. Sims’ career mark is 200-50-19
“I forgot to wash our uniforms, so we weren’t in our regular wardrobe. But we worked through it and fought back.” — Jefferson coach Natanya Miller on what may be one reason her team came out flat before fighting back to beat Sickles
“It was terrible (two years ago) seeing the seniors cry and everything, because I know how much they worked for it. And now I’m in that position, so for me to score both goals, it was insane. I can’t describe it.” — Jesuit’s Brett Durrance, reflecting on the region semifinal loss to Palmetto in 2010 and Friday’s atoning victory
“We had a players-only meeting before practice Thursday, and whatever was said in there worked.” — Steinbrenner coach JR Allen after his team’s 51-39 win over Freedom
“Robinson has become a rival for our school in all of the girls sports, and both of these teams have a lot of young girls who have taken it to a different level.” -- Blake head coach Marlin Steward on the budding competition between the two Tampa schools.
Compiled by staff writers Joey Knight and Laura Keeley.
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