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Girls soccer roundup
Class 5A, District 7: Junior Taylor DeCaire’s goal in the waning seconds of regulation preserved No. 2-seeded Newsome’s season in the semifinals with a 3-2 penalty kick win over Wharton. Maria Cate had the final penalty kick in an extra session that featured 10 of them.
As if to upstage the Newsome-Wharton marathon, senior Sierra Siegel converted the decisive penalty kick for No. 4 Bloomingdale (12-5-1), which beat Plant 1-0 (4-2 PKs) and got a monstrous group effort from its defense in upsetting the top-seeded Panthers (13-2-1).
Class 2A, District 9: Berkeley Prep pushed St. Petersburg Catholic to penalty kicks but the Barons prevailed 1-1 (6-5 PKs) in a semifinal. Rebecca Borland hit the winning PK for the Barons. SPC tied it with less than 20 minutes remaining in regulation.
In the other semifinal, Tampa Catholic fell 7-1 to Clearwater Central Catholic. CCC established control within the first five minutes and led 4-1 at halftime. Alexandra Alberdi led the Marauders in scoring with three goals.
By the numbers
5 Shots taken by Montverde Academy’s boys soccer team against Jesuit. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the Eagles made four of them in a shutout win
11 Free throws made, in as many attempts, by Newsome’s Dylan Bridges in the Wolves boys’ 48-42 victory against Alonso
16 Points and rebounds tallied by 6-foot-2 Plant junior Alex Tejada in her team’s 65-62 victory over Durant
29 Free throws made, in 41 attempts, by East Bay’s girls in a 63-42 victory over Plant City
69.5 Points Tampa Catholic’s boys basketball team was averaging before scoring a season-low 32 in a 60-32 loss to Berkeley Prep
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Cody Brown, Robinson: The Knights’ 5-foot-10 sophomore guard scored a career-high 21 in a 66-50 triumph against Spoto
Dario Duque, East Bay: The Indians’ senior guard tallied 25 points in his team’s 43-18 romp of Plant City
Taylor DeCaire, Newsome: The Wolves junior had both goals in regulation, including the equalizer with seconds to play, in her team’s dizzying district semifinal win vs. Wharton
Molly Harry/Nicole Sivyer, Plant: The Panthers seniors both converted layups in the final 90 seconds to rally their team past Durant, 65-62
Dalian Leigh, Bloomingdale: The senior forward tallied the lone goal in the Bulls boys’ shutout of Gaither
Melissa Jasczak, Bloomingdale: The Bulls’ senior keeper had what coach Sue Peet said was “probably the best game” of her prep career in the shutout of top-seeded Plant
Taylor Emery, Freedom: The Patriots freshman scored 18 in a 44-41 win over Wiregrass Ranch, avenging a three-point defeat to the Bulls in December
Deliah Autry, Robinson: The junior guard scored 26 in the Knights girls’ 42-34 victory at Spoto
“I know this is going to sound really stupid, but you know, we had a lot of guts at the end. We held on and I just saw some great things from some of my seniors.” Plant coach Carrie Mahon, whose girls basketball team blew a 20-point lead before rallying past Durant
“They obviously missed a lot of shots they’d ordinarily make. We ran a couple of combinations of zones at them, nothing crazy. They just couldn’t get the ball in the basket, fortunately.” Berkeley Prep coach Bobby Reinhart, on his boys basketball team’s 60-32 romp over Tampa Catholic
"I don't think we played particularly well in regulation. I think my team was so focused on Friday that they forgot about tonight, and it showed. Wharton took advantage of it big-time." Newsome girls soccer coach Kelly Townsend on her team's squeaker against Wharton
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