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Travel no longer a hazard for Warriors

Seven Rivers Christian's boys made school history, earning their first varsity road win at St. John Lutheran with a 39-18 victory Tuesday.

Seven Rivers coach Jim Ervin said it has never happened since the program began, and the last time the Warriors beat St. John Lutheran was at home two years ago.

"For us to win this district game is big for us," Ervin said. "Especially since they were 2-0 in the district coming into that game."

Seven Rivers (1-1) used its full-court press to contain St. John Lutheran to nine points in the first half, as the Warriors also did in their Nov. 27 41-35 loss to Chiefland.

Sophomore forward Derek LaBahn, who is averaging eight rebounds, and senior shooting guard Justin Richardson, who had 21 points against Chiefland and 18 against St. John, combined for a strong effort.

"St. John started three athletes over 6-5 and had 24 rebounds," Ervin said. "And we had 24 rebounds, too, which says a lot about how we're boxing out and rebounding."

Ervin said he most impressed with the way 6-foot-4 senior center Travis Hamilton, who was benched when he got into foul trouble, handled the game.

"He plays a lot of minutes, but he came to me in the third quarter and said, 'It's not that I don't want to go into the game, but we don't need to substitute me in with us playing so well.' "

CHANGING IT UP: Lecanto girls coach Ron Allan kept changing player combinations during the Panthers' 34-22 win over Citrus on Tuesday. He was trying different looks by putting different players at different, sometimes unfamiliar positions. For instance, Lexy Angelo, typically a guard, found herself in the post. Angelo embraced the change and scored a team-high 11 points.

"The kids adapted well when I told them to go to different positions, which actually shows me they're starting to listen in practice and pick up things more," Allan said after the game, which Lecanto won by pressing Citrus into turnovers.

Junior forward Megan Alexander, out with a foot injury, wasn't part of Allan's shuffling. Allan hopes Alexander, who got hurt during a game last week, will return as early as this week.

"We really need her back because she adds another dimension," Allan said. "She's got a big body. She can take the ball off the dribble, and she can shoot the 3."

PIRATE TIME: The Crystal River girls (1-4, 1-1) snagged their first win of the season Tuesday, defeating Dunnellon at home. For the Pirates, it was simply focusing on fundamentals.

"We did a better job of getting on the (offensive) boards, turnovers were cut down and our shot selection was better," coach Jere DeFoor said.

Alicia Davis, a transfer from Michigan, scored 16 points in the Pirates' effort.

A HOUSE DIVIDED: The Lecanto (1-1) boys put the smack down on Citrus Tuesday night with a resounding 74-29 victory.

But Citrus forward Craig Augustine's parents brought new meaning to a house divided. His mother, Michelle Augustine-Fretz, a Lecanto home economics teacher, wore a T-shirt she made, a half Panthers-half 'Canes shirt to show her dual support. His step-father, Ed Fretz, a chemistry teacher at Lecanto, wore a green Panthers shirt, but sat on Citrus' side and cheered for the junior.

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: The Seven Rivers girls lost 57-29 to St. John Lutheran on Tuesday. Why?

"We're just out of shape," Warriors coach Scott Swander said. "We were two weeks behind because of volleyball, and than a week for Thanksgiving. We were just walking in the first quarter."

Don't count the Warriors (2-1) out just yet. Class A Seven Rivers beat Citrus, a Class 4A school, 41-38 on Nov. 16 and hosts Crystal River at 6 p.m. today. Swander said the Warriors, led by Rachael Capra, who is averaging 16 points a game, are good at jumping and stealing.

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