Demetrice Washington's game-high 23 points gave the Springstead Eagles a 47-44 victory over Gulf in the first round of the Class 3A, district 7 tournament. The Eagles had an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but seven turnovers later, the Buccaneers sparked a comeback by tying the game 10-10 when Stephany Hauter blocked two shots.
Springstead fell behind 14-13 in the second quarter while Gulf took advantage of turnovers and saw their first lead of the game. The Buccaneers led 34-27 at halftime.
"I hope we got over our first-round jitters," Springstead coach Joel Myers said. "We didn't play well. Hopefully it's a blessing in disguise when we come out tomorrow. We just have to go for it."
Twenty fourth-quarter points by Springstead was enough effort to give the Eagles the victory while the score was tied throughout the last two minutes of the game.
Crystal Blatchley's foul with seven seconds left knocked her out of the game and put Gina DeAngelis on the free-throw line, which scored the Eagles' last points.
Gulf ends its season at 7-17, while No. 8 Springstead meets top-ranked Land O'Lakes tonight at 8 p.m.