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Area girls hoops teams gear up for district tournaments

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By Susie Morris

This week Florida girls basketball participates in the district tournament that either ends their seasons or kickstarts it into the state playoffs.

Hopefully, last week was no indication for the West Gadsden Lady Panthers as to how they will perform in districts.  The Panthers dropped three last week.  

The team lost to North Florida Christian 50-46. Keundria Wright scored 18 points and Bridae White pulled down a whopping 30 rebounds. Jasmine Charleston added 13 rebounds and LeKendra Crittenden chipped in 13 points.

The team then lost two nights later to Malone. After leading 9-5 after one quarter, the team’s offense sputtered and lost 35-26.  Kayla Streeter eeked out double figures, scoring with 10 points and Jasmine Charleston hauled down 14 rebounds. 

After two losses the team met up with county rival East Gadsden.  The team was forced to play without the services of  leading scorer Streeter, who sprained her ankle earlier in the week. The Jaguars prevailed for the second time in a week 50-34. 

In a battle of the Jasmines, Jasmine Grice lead East Gadsden with 19 points and Jasmine Charleston led West Gadsden with 16. Grice hit three 3-pointers and West Gadsden’s Jasmine Charleston tallied 17 rebounds. 

LaKendra Crittenden pulled down 13 rebounds.  West Gadsden finished the regular season 7-8 on the season. 

The Robert F. Munroe Lady Cats also dropped three games last week, losing to Brookwood, Maclay and Rocky Bayou.  The team lost to Brookwood on Monday night 55-34.  Kristen Allen scored 11 points and Courtney Mayo pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Cats. 

The girls battled hard against visiting Maclay and led late in the game but lost a heartbreaker in the final two minutes 50-47. 

Kristen Allen led Munroe with 17 points and Carrie Scott and Beth Summerford added 10 points each. Summerford also led the team in rebounding with seven.

On Friday night the team traveled to Niceville to take on Rocky Bayou Christian.  Rocky Bayou’s press caused 16 first-half turnovers and 26 in the game as RBC won 63-33. 

Allen again led her team in scoring with 19 points, including sinking three 3-pointers.  The guard also pulled down eight rebounds, had six steals and two assists. 

The press forced the sophomore to cough up nine turnovers, however. Courtney Mayo had nine rebounds and Carrie Scott added for assists.

The Lady Cats finished the regular season 6-16.

East Gadsden is the top seed in the Class 4A District 2 tournament, being held in Panama City at Bay High School. As the top seed, the team will have a bye in the first round and square off on Friday against the winner of  Godby and Wakulla. 

The real game will be Saturday night when the most likely scenario will pit East Gadsden and Coach Courtney Wester against former Shanks star and East Gadsden coach Chariya Davis and her Rickards Raiders.  The two teams split during the regular season and it should be quite the battle for the championship.  Game time is 8 p.m. EST.

West Gadsden is the second seed in their four-team tournament. The team plays third seed Liberty County on Friday at 5 p.m. The winner will take on the winner of Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka on Saturday at 8 p.m. 

Munroe is hosting their tournament and as the third seed they took on Aucilla on Tuesday night.  The winner plays the winner of FAMU and John Paul on Saturday night at 7. Look for FAMU in the finals for sure.