TAMPA — There was good and bad news for Alonso after its district playoff game against Plant on Wednesday night.
The good news was the Ravens played a lot better than they had in their previous two meetings against the Panthers. However, the bad news was they still lost as the Panthers defeated the Ravens 61-35 in the 6A-8 district semifinal.
Plant led the entire game, maintaining a double-digit lead for most of the contest. Already leading by 12 after three quarters, the Panthers used a 14-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to blow the game wide open.
Junior guard Kelly Brennan led the way for Plant with 23 points. Quatasia Fantroy had a game-high 24 for Alonso.
In the other semifinal, Wharton defeated Brandon 28-26 thanks to a clutch 3-pointer by Monica Cazes with 2.5 seconds remaining.
The Panthers have dominated their district, going undefeated. They need just one more victory, over Wharton on Friday night in the title game, to become district champion and avenge last year's loss to the Wildcats in the 2010 district final.
Plant has defeated Wharton twice this year in convincing fashion.
But as far as Plant is concerned, that doesn't matter.
"Wharton is a very scrappy team with some talent on the offensive end," Panthers coach Carrie Mahon said. "We have to be ready come Friday night."