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Bloomingdale, Plant City, Winter Haven advance

Bloomingdale, Winter Haven and Plant City advanced into the semifinals of the Class 4A, District 5 girls basketball tournament with victories at Plant City High.

Plant City (17-8) will face Winter Haven (16-9) today at 5 p.m. in one semifinal, while top-seeded Lakeland (22-3) takes on Bloomingdale (10-15) at 7:45.

The Bulls edged Lake Gibson 32-31. Julie Becker and Melissa Sledge paved the way with nine and eight points, respectively, while the Bulls held Lake Gibson's leading scorer, Rashonda Seshazor, to 13 points.

Plant City defeated Lakeland Kathleen, 61-49, behind Chandra Reaves' 25 points. Ree Williams (15 points) and Iris Fleming (13) also scored in double figures for the Raiders.

Reaves has been hampered with a sprained ankle recently.

"It still bothers me, but I'm feeling a lot better," Reaves said. "We used about four rolls of tape on my ankle before tonight's game. But I feel like I can play. There was no way I was going to miss this tournament."

In the other game, Winter Haven defeated Armwood 64-39. The Hawks were led by Brandie McNeal and Michelle Tornabene, who scored 10 and 12 points, respectively.

Terriers coast to easy win over Gaither in 4A-6

TAMPA _ Sophomore center Teresa Jenkins had 25 points and 22 rebounds to lead Hillsborough High to an easy 81-32 win over Gaither in the Class 4A, District 6 tournament at Gaither.

The Terriers opened the game with a 10-0 run, setting the tone in route to a 49-26 halftime lead. Jenkins had 13 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots by the half.

The Terriers (19-2) continued their assault in the second half outscoring the Cowboys (5-12) 32-6.

Four Hillsborough players scored in double figures.

In the other 4A-6 games, Rebecca Driscoll scored 15 points as Chamberlain (13-7) held off a fourth-quarter rally by East Bay (11-9) for a 43-39 win.

Brandon's Heidi Bush scored 11 points in a 30-8 second quarter to lead the Eagles (17-3) to a 68-25 route of Leto (7-13).

_ JOHN COTEY

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