Class 4A, district 9 Dragons dominate as usual, meet Spoto next
TAMPA — Jefferson's girls basketball team hasn't lost to a Hillsborough County opponent all season.
And there was little to no chance of that happening Friday night.
With Steinbrenner playing the role of a speed bump, Jefferson barely slowed down while rolling to a 64-11 victory in the Class 4A, District 9 tournament semifinals.
Jefferson (24-3) will play Spoto tonight in the title game. Spoto advanced after a 46-29 win over Blake.
Spoto (19-5), which got 16 points from Chelsea White and 14 points from Jordan Pate, jumped out to an early lead on the Yellow Jackets and did just enough to keep them at bay for the rest of the contest.
Jefferson, meanwhile, was its usually dominant self.
The Dragons had a 21-0 lead before the Warriors managed to score their first basket as time expired at the end of the first quarter.
Jefferson kept the pedal down throughout the second, pulling away for a lead that continued to grow throughout the game. The Dragons had nine players score and had four with eight points or more.
Chantrell Frazier led all scorers with 15 points while Hemesarada Gude added nine points on three 3-pointers. Jade Givens and Laurie Beaty each scored eight for Jefferson, and Shayla Wilson added seven.
The win was the 12th straight for the Dragons, who haven't lost since dropping three games while playing at a winter break holiday tournament in Orlando.
Rod Gipson, Times correspondent