HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 8-14



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Sat. February 15, 2014 | Times Staff

Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover, then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Feb. 8 through Friday, Feb. 14. The winners get a T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area. Read up on all of our nominees online, then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Lazasha Baskins, St. Petersburg basketball: In the Class 8A region semifinal against district rival Palm Harbor University, Baskins came up big. One of the smallest players on the court, the 5-foot-5 senior scored 15 points to help the Green Devils to a 70-51 win. It was only the second time in five tries this season St. Petersburg had beaten PHU.


Rachel Briere, Steinbrenner girls basketball: The junior forward scored 16 points in the Warriors’ 50-38 Class 7A region semifinal win against Strawberry Crest on Tuesday. Steinbrenner advanced to its first region final in school history.


Audra Leipold, Academy at the Lakes basketball: One of the team's youngest players, the eighth-grader started the week strong, notching 16 points in the Class 2A region semifinals, then ended with 21 in the region final to help the Wildcats return to state. 


Taylor McDonald, Land O’Lakes basketball: The senior had a breakout game when it mattered most, pouring in a game-high 20 points in a Class 5A region semifinal win over Nature Coast to help the Gators to just their second ever region final.


Savannah Plentovich, Calvary Christian basketball: After watching twin sister Carley do most of the scoring in the playoffs, Savannah came through in the Class 3A region final with a team-high 31 points to lead the Warriors to a 53-32 win over Community School of Naples and advance to the state semifinals a second straight season. 


Sabrina Whiting, Seffner Christian basketball: The senior guard scored 26 points, including 5 3-pointers, in Seffner Christian's 65-22 Class 3A region final win against Mount Dora Bible. The Crusaders earned their third final four berth in four years.


Male nominees


Connor Frain, Seminole basketball: In Thursday's Class 7A region quarterfinal, the senior had 13 points, including the winner on a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining to lift the Warhawks to a 60-57 win over North Port.


Malik Hall, Academy at the Lakes basketball: The senior racked up a game-high 26 points, including four 3-pointers, to help the Wildcats, who were coming off their first district title win, defeat Canterbury in the opening round of Class 2A regionals.


Austin Iglehart, Berkeley Prep soccer: The senior, a Wake Forest football signee, had a pair of assists on free kicks in Berkeley Prep's 5-3 loss to Orlando Bishop Moore in a Class 2A state semifinal. The Bucs came back from four goals down to nearly tie the score late.


Michael Obi, Brooks DeBartolo basketball: On the road against Lakeland Christian in the 3A region quarterfinals, the junior guard had his best game of the season. He exploded for 35 points on 14-of-19 shooting to lead the Phoenix to a 66-55 win in its first playoff game.


Dante Padilla, Weeki Wachee wrestling: The 120-pounder became the first Hornet to win a match at the state tournament on Day 1 in Lakeland, pinning Wakulla’s Dy’Juan Carney in 2:29.


Shaquille Speights, Gibbs basketball: Returning from a broken hand that sidelined him more than a month, the senior provided a spark on defense by holding Jesuit sharpshooter Christian Whidden to just one 3-pointer in a 60-45 win in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.


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