OCALA — It took Durant more than seven minutes to score. By then, it was too late. Host West Port forced 27 turnovers en route to a 44-33 win Thursday in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.
"We weren't on par tonight," Durant coach Kyla DonLevy said. "We were not playing the way we normally play."
After trailing 22-12 at the break, Durant (17-8) put together a 6-0 run to open the third quarter, but a stifling Wolf Pack defense and the scoring of West Port guard Veronica Ryan, a transfer from Clearwater, was too much to overcome. Ryan continually attacked the basket after nailing a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, scoring a game-high 19 and passing out five assists.
After weathering the Durant storm, West Port (22-6) pushed its lead back to double digits at the end of three quarters. From there, the Wolf Pack's Ryan and Jaleesa Townsend played keep away.
Point guard Taylor Broadnax led Durant with 12 points and forward Ashley Davis chipped in 11 points and 12 boards.
By Byron Saucer, Special to the Times