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Anclote 67, Wesley Chapel 65: With some of the Wildcats’ starters on the bench early, the Sharks (12-7) capitalized to hand one of the North Suncoast’s top programs its fourth loss of the season. Wesley Chapel (17-4) got 35 points from standout senior Erik Thomas, but Anclote’s Dylan Walsh and a host of other Sharks kept Thomas from controlling the game. “They played their butts off tonight,” Anclote coach Jason Szymanski said. “They really defended well, I thought.” Shymere Carter led the Sharks with 16 points to help his team earn its sixth consecutive victory. Drew Driscoll scored 14 for Anclote, and Walsh added 10 points.
Hernando 70, Crystal River 65 (OT): The Leopards (13-4) rallied from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit to eke out their third consecutive victory. Senior guard Giovanni Perez was the game’s first hero after draining a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining to force overtime. Hernando pulled away in the extra frame, thanks to 10 points by senior guard Jeffrey Velasquez.
Gulf 50, Fivay 34: The Bucs (16-5) held Fivay to its fourth-lowest scoring output of the season to earn their seventh victory in a row heading into Tuesday’s showdown against undefeated Pasco. Amber Taylor led the Falcons (12-9) with eight points and five rebounds.
Compiled by staff writer Matt Baker.
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Baylor Cherry, Mitchell: The junior midfielder hit two perfect corner kicks for two pivotal assists that broke a tie and helped her Mustangs win a district title with a 4-1 victory over Hudson.
Samantha Oliveira, Nature Coast: The goalkeeper notched her 16th shutout of the season to secure a 3-0 win over Citrus and the program’s first district title.
Dayton Wetherby, Wiregrass Ranch: The senior goalkeeper recorded 12 assists in the Bulls’ 2-1 win over Steinbrenner for the district championship.
By the numbers
57 Points scored by Mitchell’s boys basketball in a seven-point win over Land O’Lakes.
5 Players in double figures for Academy at the Lakes’ boys basketball team in a 73-51 win over Cambridge Christian: Evan Gordy (14 points), Abaz Igwe (13), Ethan Haslam (12), Malik Hall (10) and Deandre Williams (10).
17 Points scored by River Ridge star Leah Ford in her team’s 46-37 loss to Tarpon Springs.