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Girls basketball region quarterfinal recap




Class 7A

Sarasota Riverview 58, Steinbrenner 32

Class 6A

Wiregrass Ranch 62, Seminole 30

Palmetto 71, East Lake 46

Class 5A

Jefferson 43, Bradenton Southeast 36

Clearwater 61, Robinson 36

Orlando Jones 69, Zephyrhills 43

Lecanto 49, Fivay 32

Class 4A

Lakewood 44, Atlantic 37

Lake Highland Prep 88, Anclote 17

Eustis 64, Wesley Chapel 56

Class 3A

Brooks DeBartolo 74, Seffner Christian 65

Carrollwood Day 49, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic 47

St. Petersburg Catholic 57, Bradenton Saint Stephen’s 31

Sarasota Cardinal Mooney 58, Calvary Christian 35

Class 2A

Hernando Christian 72, Cambridge Christian 

Naples First Baptist 47, Keswick Christian 45

Prime time performers

G Ka’Yanti Burden, Jr., St. Petersburg Catholic: Led the Barons with 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals in a win over Bradenton Saint Stephen’s.  

F Zoi Evans, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with a team-high 16 points in a win over Seminole. 

G/F Liv Fuller, So., Clearwater: Led the Tornadoes with 17 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Robinson. 

F/G Kaliyah Gaynor, So., Jefferson: Scored a team-high 14 points in a win over Bradenton Southeast. 

G Kailyn Gilbert, Jr., Seffner Christian: Led the Crusaders with 46 points in a loss to Brooks DeBartolo. 

G Ava Graham, Fr., Keswick Christian: Had 14 points, six rebounds and four steals in a loss to Naples First Baptist Academy. 

G/F Esther Jackson, Sr., Hernando Christian: Led the Lions with 31 points, including five 3-pointers, in a win over Cambridge Christian. 

G Whitney Rush, Sr., East Lake: Scored a team-high 28 points in a loss to Palmetto. 

G Triniti Youngblood, Sr., Brooks DeBartolo: Finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a win over Seffner Christian. 

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The PTP girls lacrosse players of the week



The fans’ pick

Avery Smith, So., Cypress Creek

As a freshman last year, Avery Smith had quite a debut, scoring 50 goals in an abbreviated 10-game season. 

The scoring continued this year, so much that Smith compiled 150 points in her high school career before her sophomore season ended. 

Entering last week, Smith ranked second in the area in goals (71) and points (90) to help the Coyotes earn the No. 1 seed in the Class 1A, District 5 tournament. She added to her total by scoring 11 more goals in three games to lead Cypress Creek to a district title. 

Fans took notice. Smith received more than 60 percent of the votes (3,141) to beat out Steinbrenner’s Taylor Lapointe (1,311 votes). 

The PTP pick

Chloe Norman, Jr., Land O’ Lakes: Led the area in goals with 88 entering the week and finished the season with 100. 

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The PTP boys lacrosse players of the week



The fans’ pick

Nicholas Vreeland, Jr., Cypress Creek

Whenever Cypress Creek needs offensive production, it can turn to Nicholas Vreeland. 

The Coyotes’ go-to player has been consistent at putting the ball through the net. He has scored at least two goals in every game and has racked up five or more eight times this season. 

That helped Vreeland put up some impressive numbers. He finished the season with 67 goals, which currently leads the area and ranks third in the state and fourth in the nation.

Fans were impressed. Vreeland received more than 52 percent of the votes (6,531) to beat out Newsome’s Luke Haley, who had 37 percent (4,660 votes).

The PTP pick

Luke Haley, Jr., Newsome: Led the area in points with 106 and assists with 50 entering last week. 

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Saturday sports schedule



What to watch

Berkeley Prep (18-3) at Jesuit (20-1), 1

Both teams are ranked among the top seven in the state in their respective classifications by MaxPreps (the Buccaneers are No. 7 in 3A and the Tigers are No. 1 in 5A). 

The schedules


Shorecrest at Canterbury, 10

Jefferson at Newsome, 10

Steinbrenner at Durant, 10

Strawberry Crest at Hillsborough, 11

Clearwater at IMG Royal, 12

Freedom at King, 1

Lennard at Leto, 1

Mitchell at IMG Gray, 1

Berkeley Prep at Jesuit, 1


Naples Longshore Tournament

Calvary Christian vs. Immokalee, 10:30

Calvary Christian vs. Naples Barron Collier, 12:30

Doral Academy vs. Sickles, 12:30

Other games

Middleton at Durant, 10

Spoto at Tampa Bay Tech, 10

Wesley Chapel at Academy of the Holy Names, 12

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