Local girls gearing up for basketball tournaments

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By Susie Morris

Last week was the final regular season week for girls’ basketball teams in Florida to solidify offenses and nail down defenses before district tournament week begins this week.

The Munroe Lady Cats played some of their best basketball of the season as they split two games in what could have been a two-win week.

On Thursday night, Kaitlyn Sirmons hit a three-pointer to send a game at Liberty County into overtime. The game’s first quarter gave no hint, however, of the close game it would become. Liberty County jumped out to a 14-5 first-quarter lead, but Munroe responded with a 10-4 second quarter to find themselves down by only 3 at the half. Both teams scored 9 points in the third quarter, and Sirmons 3 tied up the score at the end of regulation.

The Bulldogs scored 7 points to the Lady Cats 6 points to take a 43-42 win. Sirmons and Anna Jones had 10 points each, and Audrey Thomas added 9 points. Jones and Sirmons also combined for five three-pointers.

Friday night the team denied North Florida Christian a take-back win and won the high-scoring contest 61-56. Jones again had the hot hand from behind the three-point line, hitting six three-pointers and scoring 22 points. Mollie Edwards added 16 points and Kaitlyn Sirmons 10 points.

District tournaments
Munroe is hosting the District 1-2A tournament, which began on Tuesday. Munroe faced FAMU at 7 p.m., and the winner will take on the winner of Aucilla vs. John Paul II on Friday at 7 p.m.

East Gadsden’s tournament will be hosted by Godby in a five-team completion that includes Florida High, Madison County, Taylor County and Godby.

The District 4-1A — Rural division tournament that includes the West Gadsden Lady Panthers will be hosted by South Walton campus in Santa Rosa Beach. District 4 is a seven-team district that, in addition to West Gadsden and South Walton, includes Blountstown, Bozeman, Franklin, Liberty County and Port St. Joe.

District winners and runners-up will play again Thursday, Feb. 7, in Regional Quarterfinals.