ST. PETERSBURG — Lakewood came into Wednesday's game having beaten every team in its district by double digits.
That streak ended but the Spartans pulled out a win against Palmetto in the Class 4A, District 10 semifinal, holding on 48-41.
Palmetto led 5-0 before Lakewood's Tianah Alvarado came in and made two 3-pointers, sparking a 20-point run for the Spartans.
"We're a young team and we had to get the cobwebs out," Spartans coach Necole Tunsil said. "We brought 13 (Alvarado) in and that brought us out."
The Spartans relied on defense and forced 15 first-half turnovers. They also got eight second-quarter points from Kayla Roberts to take a 28-18 lead at halftime.
In the second half the Tigers were able to get within seven behind the play of Blair Thomas and Ashley Smith, but the Spartans always responded.
"Palmetto is well coached," Tunsil said. "They believe in what they're doing and in their tradition. We just had to call a timeout and regroup."
Roberts and Alvarado each scored 12 for the Spartans. Alvarado, Jenae Wilson and Kasey Drayton each had seven rebounds.
Ashley Smith led the Tigers with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
"I hate to lose, but I'm happy we didn't get blown out," Tigers coach Robert Kelly said. "We're young and going to make mistakes, but we have to overcome it."