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HomeTeam Hot Shots
A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week.
Female Hot Shot: Alexis Ungro, Lakewood
Skinny: Ungro came up big when she was needed most. Despite a wrapped ankle, hyper-extended right arm and bruised ribs from taking a charge, Ungro scored 14 points in a 52-45 region semifinal win over Boca Ciega. With the Pirates focused on stopping top threat Tianah Alvarado, Ungro took up the scoring slack. Three days later, Ungro helped the Spartans to their third straight state final four when she scored a key three-point play in the fourth quarter against Lake Wales.
Male Hot Shot: Shaddy Douidar, Tampa Prep
Skinny: The final goal of Douidar’s high school career provided Tampa Prep with another state title, and Douidar with a metaphor for his final season. Like that free kick launched from near midfield, Douidar seemed to arrive from nowhere this winter. Dribbling in the shadows of more heralded upperclassmen in prior years, Douidar astounded Terrapins coaches in the preseason with his skill and explosiveness and never let up. He already had 30 goals on the year when he lined up for the decisive free kick on wet FieldTurf in the second half of Thursday’s Class 1A final at Melbourne High. “Coach (Doug) Smith told me to send it in and hopefully someone would get a foot on it,” Douidar recalled. Instead, the ball bounced in front of classmate Macsen Pritchard, who gestured as if he were going to strike it, duping the keeper and allowing it to slip into the left side of the net. It was all the Terrapins needed for a 1-0 victory against North Miami Beach’s Scheck Hillel.