St. Petersburg, the No. 4 seed, was hoping to make a run through the tournament, much like last season when it won the district title as the same seed.
But things got off to a bad start against host Sarasota Riverview on Wednesday and ended with a 65-37 loss. The bus was late to St. Petersburg and the team did not arrive until minutes before tipoff.
St. Petersburg had trouble containing the Rams' outside shooting. Riverview jumped out to lead that it never relinquished.
"We never could get into rhythm," Green Devils coach Chris Blackwell said. "But we're young and we'll be back."