Local girls teams fall in district play

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By Susie Morris

Both the Lady Bobcats at R. F. Munroe and East Gadsden High School’s Lady Jaguars were eliminated from the playoff picture when both teams lost in the girls semifinals.

Most surprising was the upset of the East Gadsden girls basketball team by Godby by a 48-47 score at Bay High School in Panama City. This loss marked the first time since the school opened in 2003 that the team had not made the state playoffs. 

The Jaguars, the top seed in the tournament, had struggled with Godby twice during the regular season and as the old saying goes, “It’s hard to beat a good team three times.”

East Gadsen jumped out in the first quarter like the top seed as the team led 15-6 but Godby roared back and outscored the Jaguars 19-7 in the second quarter to lead 25-23 at the half. 

East Gadsden led by a bucket at the end of the third but as regulation ran down, the Jaguars needed big help from their top player to avoid a season-ending loss. 

Down by one with one second to play, senior guard and FAMU signee Jasmine Grice missed both free-throws to end her high school career and the Jaguars season. Grice finished with 22 points. Mildreka Hobley added nine points.

 Aucilla came in with a 21-3 record and the knowledge they had beaten the R.F. Munroe Lady Cats twice already his season. It did little to take away the Warriors’ enthusiasm and hustle as they coasted to a 49-27 win over the offensively challenged Munroe team.  

Aucilla led 14-0 after one quarter of play. Munroe’s offense was so stagnant they did not score until the second quarter  and Aucilla led at the hlf 22-5. 

The Lady Cats did make some offensive headway in the third quarter, posting 14 points on the board – but they also gave up 14 to Aucilla, thus making no headway in the game. No Munroe player scored in double figures and the team was led in scoring by Kristen Allen’s eight points. 

Beth Summerford and Courtney Mayo combined for 11 rebounds. All three players return next season while Munroe graduates three seniors – Anna Dooner, Carrie Scott and Desiree Whiddon. 

The team’s season record was 6-17.