TAMPA — Academy of the Holy Names got a game-high 21 points from senior Katie Davis and cruised to an easy 54-22 win over Out-of-Door Academy on Saturday night to advance in the Jaguar Holiday Tournament.
The Jaguars trailed early but took the lead for good midway through the first quarter.
Leading only 8-5 going into the second quarter, AHN turned up its defensive pressure and outscored the Thunder 21-6 in the period to take an 18-point halftime lead.
The third quarter brought more of the same as the Jaguars went on a quick 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.
"The week off from games probably hurt us a little bit at first," AHN coach Chris Kumka said. "But then we picked up our energy and got some stuff on offense off of our defense."
Davis was the only player on either team to score in double figures. Christine LaFrance led the Thunder with nine.
AHN (5-5) moves on to face unbeaten Clearwater (11-0), which beat Northside Christian 53-35 earlier in the day.
"They're very big and athletic, but it will be a good challenge for us," Kumka said of the Tornadoes. "I think we match up pretty well against them, so we will see."
In other tournament action, Gibbs (10-1) defeated Lakeland Kathleen 42-34 and St. Petersburg (8-3) got by Lake Worth Christian 42-38 in double overtime.
Late invitee makes way to tourney final
WESLEY CHAPEL —With a squad of six girls and most of its key players on winter vacation, Hillsborough defeated Gaither 49-36 Saturday at the Wesley Chapel girls tournament to advance to Monday's final against undefeated Wesley Chapel (12-0). The Wildcats beat Hernando 62-43 to secure their spot in the 7:30 p.m. final. Gaither and Hernando will meet in a consolation game at 6 on Monday.
Hillsborough (9-4) got the invite to the event because Spoto bowed out after head coach Don Fields had a stroke Dec. 19. Wesley Chapel coach Karim Nohra said Fields was still recovering in a hospital as of Saturday.
Times correspondent Andy Villamarzo contributed to this report