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Plant wins school’s first state title in girls basketball



A year ago, Plant’s girls basketball players were locked in the misery of a loss in the school’s first state championship game appearance.

The Panthers had done all the right things last season, winning more than 30 games and going into the final on a 24-game win streak..

But Miami crushed Plant’s state title hopes 63-38.

As the Panthers headed toward the locker room, they looked back at RP Funding Center court in Lakeland and realized their season was gone.

The seeds for a rematch were sown on that parquet floor, in what they hoped would become a familiar spot in the playoffs.

On Saturday, Plant got it wanted with another appearance in the championship game. 

Again, the Stingarees stood in the way.

The Panthers embraced the second chance. They were not intimidated playing on high school basketball’s biggest stage. They were more polished, more experienced and more eager to prove they were more than capable of winning it all.

This time, Plant prevailed, winning the 7A final, 52-40. 

It is the school’s first state in girls basketball. 

To complete their quest, the Panthers had to rally from a 22-20 halftime deficit. 

They bore down in the third quarter, outscoring Miami.18-9 to take a 38-31 lead.

Still, the Stingarees would not go away. They scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to cut it to 38-36. 

That’s as close as Miami would get. 

Plant’s veterans, senior forward Kendal Cheesman and senior guard Nyla Jean, made sure of it. They provided the bulk of the production down the stretch to build the lead back up to double digits. 

Cheesman, a Vanderbilt signee, finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Jean, a Georgia State signee, had 14 points and four assists. 

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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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