Lafayette's Land holds career mark
Published: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 11:47 p.m.
It was the kind of accomplishment somebody like Natalie Land can never truly enjoy — she's too humble.
On Thursday night, the culmination of four years dominating girls basketball came together for the Lafayette senior guard, as she passed current Florida tight end and former Hawthorne basketball star Cornelius Ingram for the area scoring record.
"The best part about it is that she will never let it get to her head," Hornets head coach Jimmy Blankenship said. "(The record) is not one of her goals."
Coming in against Florida High just eight points shy of the record, Land put up 23 points in Lafayette's 68-49 victory to give her 3,260 points for her career.
During the third quarter, after she made the free throw that put her on top, they stopped the game to recognize Land's accomplishment.
"It was really exciting," said Land, who averaged 24.3 points, 16.7 rebounds, 5.3 steals and 4.7 assists this week in wins against P.K. Yonge, Buchholz and Florida High. "I consider it an honor to be up there with so many great players."
The record comes in a year that will be Land's last on the hardwood, as she shocked many in Mayo earlier this fall when she signed a letter of intent to play softball at the University of Central Florida.
But she still has one more goal left to accomplish: a state championship. Land said this season is her best shot yet.
"This is our best year ever. We're 22-2, and we're all playing together as a team," said Land, who, after 20 points against Buchholz, now has 3,280 points for her career. "If we can keep playing like this, we can make a run at state."
JOSH SNODGRASS, P.K. YONGE The Blue Wave's forward averaged 26.7 points in three games this week, as P.K. Yonge (18-5) went 2-1.
Snodgrass had 21 points in a 66-51 loss to Buchholz on Tuesday, 33 points in a 74-46 win against Fort White on Thursday and 26 points in a 67-59 win over Eastside on Saturday.
LEE JOHNSTON, OAK HALL The Eagles' freshman goalie had 11 saves in a 2-0 District 4-2A-clinching win against St. Francis on Friday night.
Oak Hall (15-6-1) will host St. Johns Country Day (13-3-2) in the regional quarterfinals on Thursday.
TYSEE WILLIAMS, KEYSTONE HEIGHTS Williams put up two goals and two assists, as the Indians cruised by The Villages, 6-0, in the Region 2-3A quarterfinals on Thursday.
The Indians (13-7-2) will face Trinity Catholic (19-4-3) in the regional semifinals on Tuesday.
GAINESVILLE The Hurricanes, who finished third at state last season, will be sending 10 weightlifters to the state meet on Feb. 9 — the most in school history.
Gainesville will send first-place sectional qualifiers Jasmine Kinsler (101), Courtney DeHart (110), Kalen Lewis (129) and Crystal Hill (139). Finishing second and also going to the state tournament are Taylor DeForest (101), Kelly Spradling (119), Ariel Freeland (169) and Tempest Williams (unlimited). Finishing third were Alyssa Henry (110) and Courtnie Mader (199).
The top three weightlifters in each weight class at the sectional qualifiers go to state.
KATLYNN CORMIER, FORT WHITE Cormier, the only girl wrestler in Columbia County, became the first middle-schooler to place at the state tournament in Florida history.
Cormier — who is in seventh grade and wrestles in the 119-pound division for the boys, as well — finished fifth at the state tournament in Vero Beach this week, beating two juniors and a senior along the way.
Girls wrestling is not sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletics Association.
Walade Wade, P.K. Yonge — The Blue Wave's senior had a double-double in Saturday's win over Eastside.
Wade had 17 points and 10 rebounds for P.K. Yonge.
Sunshine Reid, Lafayette — The Hornets' sophomore guard averaged 17.7 points, 13 rebounds and 5.7 assists this week.
Cartaesha MacKlin, Lafayette — MacKlin, a freshman guard, averaged 15.3 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists this week.
Matt Parker and Matt Chrzanowski, Oak Hall — The Eagles' senior defenders played great defense in district games this week, as Oak Hall shut out Lafayette and St. Francis to claim the district title.
Ryan Miller, Keystone Heights — The Indians' senior striker had two goals in the District 5-3A tournament. One of them proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 win against Pierson Taylor that gave Keystone their fourth district championship in the last five years.
The Indians (11-11-2) will host Umatilla (13-7-4) in the regional quarterfinals on Thursday.
Justin Hedding, Keystone Heights — Hedding, a junior goalie, had nine saves in the Indians' shutout of Pierson Taylor.
Grace Chrzanowski, Eastside — The Rams' freshman goalie had 25 saves in a losing effort at Bartram Trail on Tuesday.
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