NEW PORT RICHEY — Wesley Chapel and Gulf, who split their season series 1-1, won their 4A-7 district semifinals Friday. Wesley Chapel overcame Mitchell 50-32 before Gulf dismantled Hudson 63-13.
"They know what we want to do, we know what they want to do," Gulf coach Mike Quarto said of the Wildcats.
Quarto was quick to address Nicole Adams, who was involved in a knee-to-knee collision with a Hudson guard late in the final quarter. Adams, who led the Bucs with 22 points, was slow to get up but played the remainder of the game.
"She is a bit banged up now; I have no idea how she's going to feel in the morning," Quarto said. "That could change a lot of things tomorrow night."
Gulf went on a 27-3 run in the second half and shut out the Cobras in the last quarter, due in part to a running clock started midway through the third quarter.
Leighlani Paselio and Kianna Mills scored 12 and 16 points for the Bucs, respectively.
Although Wesley Chapel and Gulf had similar second halves, the Wildcats led by only three at the end of the second quarter.
Wildcats senior Shantel Houston picked up three fouls in the first four minutes and didn't return until the second half. Houston wound up with 11 points, third on the team behind Hannah Noble and Simone Brown, who posted 12 and 13.
Wesley Chapel and Mitchell traded layups at the beginning of the second half, but the Wildcats went on an 11-0 run that extended into the final quarter. Mitchell came back to within 11, but Wesley Chapel went on another 11-4 tear and put the game out of reach.