Gadsden County basketball teams continue to hover around average as West Gadsden High School won one, Robert F. Munroe Day School split and East Gadsden High dropped two tough district games.
This week marks the last week of regular season girls basketball and district seedings are already set for the tournaments that tip off next week.
The Munroe Lady Cats picked up one district win but lost the one they really needed last week. The Lady Cats survived both a slow start and the loss of leading scorer, Beth Summerford, to defeate John Paul II 45-20.
John Paul jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead but before the Panthers could blink the Lady Cats surged to a 22-9 lead in the second quarter. The girls led 32-9 at the half and John Paul did not score again until halfway through the third quarter. Freshman Mollie Edwards lead in scoring with 13 points and six rebounds. Freshman Audrey Thomas also had six rebounds.
On Friday night’s senior night, the Lady Cats needed a win over Aucilla to set up a coin flip for seeding in the district tournament with the ultimate goal to avoid a seeding on FAMU’s side of the bracket. The need was there but the effort ultimately was not. Aucilla jumped out to a 10-2 lead and extended that to a 25-5 halftime lead. Aucilla won 48-24.
Munroe got back on the scoring track slightly in the second half. Kristen Allen and Summerford connected on three 3- pointers.
The loss dropped the team to 6-11 overall and 2-6 in the district. The Lady Cats are the No. 4 seed in the Class A District 2 tournament. They will participate in the play-in game on Monday night against John Paul II, the No. 5 seed. The tournament is being held at FAMU.
The West Gadsden Lady Panthers picked up a win over district opponent Wewahitchka last week. The Wewa game was no contest as the team jumped out to a 22-2 lead and then led 45-14 by the half. Final score was 65-24.
Kayla Streeter had a season-high 26 points and eight grader Tasherica McMillon added 16. Desherrime Murray chipped in 13 to round out double figures scoring. Streeter finished with a triple double as the talented junior added 10 rebounds and 15 steals. McMillon proved to be quite the defensive threat as the eighth grader tallied 10 steals.
The win moved the team to 8-8 on the season. The team is second seed in its Class 2A District 3 tournament that is being played at Liberty County next week.
The East Gadsden girls team found the going tough against Tallahassee’s best last week as they dropped an important district game to Florida High. Florida High led 23-21 at halftime and went on to win 55-49.
Chalandria Brown finished with 17 points, including five 3-pointers. LaBrittany McDonald added 13 points for the Panthers.
Rickards and former East Gadsden coach, Chariya Davis, blasted the Jaguars 76-30. The Raiders ran up a 20-3 first quarter lead and led 38-13 at the half. No Jaguar player reached double figures against Rickards smothering defense but T’Erica Frost did score nine.
Rickard went to 8-0 in district play and took the top spot in the District 2 Class 3A tournament next week at East Gadsden. East Gadsden will be the third seed (3-5) and will play fifth-seeded Madison County on Wednesday.