IRC 40, Northside 33: Just two games removed from getting beat by 48 against Seffner Christian, IRC earned its second straight win. Center Rachel Boyette, who was sick against Seffner, scored 10. Autumn Frost also scored 10 and Caroline Shelton added eight. The Mustangs were led by 12 from Heather Percival.
Lakewood 62, Bradenton IMG 55: The Spartans started fast, jumping out to a 25-18 lead in the first quarter and holding on. Anthony Lawrence Jr. scored a team-high 18, including three 3-pointers, to lead Lakewood.
Clearwater 63, Pinellas Park 50: The Tornadoes took control early and led 38-17 at the half. Rasim Amvet scored a team-high 24 for Clearwater. Nick Preradovic led the Patriots with 11.
Countryside 40, Northeast 37: The Cougars outscored the Vikings a combined 28-23 in the second and third quarters. Countryside did so by connecting from the outside, hitting six 3-pointers.
HomeTeam Hot Shots
Martin Gaganelov, St. Petersburg: The sophomore had two assists and a goal in a 5-0 win over Dixie Hollins.
Anthony Lawrence, Lakewood: He scored 18 to lead the Spartans in a 62-55 win over IMG Academy. In the past two games, the sophomore has scored 51.
Michael Clark, Boca Ciega: Had 25 points to lead the Pirates in a 67-35 win over Dunedin.
Darnell Lovett, Countryside: The Plant transfer has been a big factor in the Cougars’ strong start and scored a team-high 13, including four 3-pointers, in a victory over Northeast.
By the numbers
3 Straight wins to start the season for Countryside’s boys basketball team
11 Wins for the East Lake girls soccer team, after a 7-1 victory over Tarpon Springs
84 A season-high in points for Shorecrest’s boys basketball team in a win over Keswick Christian
“We’ll have to play it by ear. Right now, I’m planning on not having him back.”
St. Petersburg soccer coach Rui Farias on goalkeeper Sean Covington, who injured his right labrum in the final game of the football season against Lakewood. Covington will still punt and kick field goals in the Under Armour game at Tropicana Field in January.
Compiled by staff writers Rodney Page and Bob Putnam.