The Pasco High Pirates celebrated their new No.
9 ranking in the Class 3A state poll with a 64-44 victory over Tampa Jesuit on Tuesday.
Mike Penix scored 17 points and Jaime Grant added 16 for the Pirates (18-2).
Jesuit is 9-15.
"They handled (the ranking) pretty good," Pasco coach Willie Broner said. "We rebounded and shot well and didn't have that many turnovers tonight."
Penix, averaging 14 points per game, scored 13 points to lead Pasco to a 33-17 halftime advantage. Grant added 11 points as Pasco shot 50 percent (12-of-24) in the half.
The Pirates extended their lead to 52-29 after three quarters, going 9-for-10 from the line to begin the second half.
Central boys take
CRYSTAL RIVER _ Senior Tyrone Goodson scored 14 of his game-high 16 points in the second half Tuesday to lead Central's 48-39 victory over Crystal River.
The win, coupled with Hernando's 70-68 loss to Citrus on Tuesday, gave Central (15-6 overall, 8-1 GCC) the Gulf Coast Conference title. Hernando and Central had been tied in the GCC.
The Bears, winners of eight in a row, haven't lost since Jan.
10, when they fell 57-48 to GCC foe Citrus.
Central was sluggish in the first half, trailing the Pirates (5-13, 2-7) by as many as nine points before getting cranking.
The Bears took the lead for good on Dan Neutzling's basket with 2:16 left in the third quarter.
Crystal River got precious few open shots or second shots after the first quarter. The Pirates didn't shoot a free throw or have a player score in double figures.
CENTRAL (48): Williams 1, Goodson 16, Neutzling 12, Capone 10, Bunch 9. Totals: 19 8-14 48.
CRYSTAL RIVER (39): Roberts 5, Westfall 9, Baroni 7, Collins 6, Hinshaw 2, Li 2, Eason 4, Rucker 4. Totals: 18 0-0 39.
Central 7 11 15 15 _ 48
Crystal River 14 6 8 11 _ 39
Total fouls _ Central 9, Crystal River 13. 3-point goals _ Cen: Capone 2; CR: Roberts, Westfall, Baroni. Technical fouls _ None. Fouled out _ None. Central 15-6, Crystal River 5-13.
HERNANDO (68): Jones 13, Hampton 14, Owens 5, Brooks 18, Sims 5, Addison 13. Totals: 25 13-18 68.
CITRUS (70): Toumbleston 36, Susi 2, Smith 13, Edgerton 4, Kolinksi 15. Totals: 27 9-17 70.
Hernando 17 8 21 22 _ 68
Citrus 20 20 15 15 _ 70
Total fouls _ Hernando 13, Citrus 17. 3-point goals _ Hern: Hampton 3, Addison 2; Cit: Toumbleston 7. Technical fouls _ None. Fouled out _ Hern: Jones. Hernando 11-10, Citrus 13-5.
_ Jim Tomlin
Lecanto boys in
2A-8 soccer final
TAMPA _ Lecanto advanced to the Class 2A, District 8 boys soccer final with a 1-0 victory over Tampa Catholic on Tuesday.
Berkeley Prep played Crystal River in a late game.
Jeff Dufresne scored the Panthers' goal on an unassisted shot 27:47 into the first half after dribbling down the left side from midfield.
"This is the first time a Citrus County soccer team has beaten a team from Tampa and we won't mind the nearly two-hour bus ride back down here Friday," said Kevin Towne, Lecanto's coach. "Tampa Catholic is well coached and we knew it would be a tough match, but our players stepped up and played well enough to win."
Tampa Catholic had the most scoring chances, taking 20 shots. But Lecanto goalie Mark Mohrmann frustrated the Crusaders' efforts.
_ Terry Jones