Tornadoes prove stronger than Hurricanes
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:24 a.m.
STARKE — Sophomore forward Wilisha Griner had a game-high 14 points and Bradford outscored Mount Dora 10-3 in the fourth period as the Tornadoes held off the Hurricanes, 38-30, in the Class 4A, Region 2 girls basketball quarterfinals.
With Thursday's victory, Bradford (17-9) advances to its first regional semifinal since 2007. The Tornadoes will play at Ocala Trinity Catholic (25-2) on Tuesday.
“They came up big defensively,” said Bradford coach Danielle Smith. “We got a lot of key stops in the fourth quarter to solidify the win.”
Bradford, which trailed 19-18 at the half, held a one-point lead (28-27) heading into the fourth.
Tracey Kemp added 11 points for the Tornadoes, who were making their fifth playoff appearance in the last eight years.
TRINITY CATHOLIC 61, FORT WHITE 25: At Ocala, Fort White's girls basketball team played its first regional playoff game at Trinity Catholic High School, making the 2012-2013 season one to remember for the upstart Indians.
The game itself wasn't quite so memorable.
Fort White committed 15 first-quarter turnovers, fell behind 22-4 and never contended in a season-ending loss.
“We had an awesome year this year,” Indians coach DeShay Harris said. “I told the girls, no matter what happens today just give it your all. I know Trinity Catholic is a really good team that's trying to win the state this year, so I just told them to go out and fight as hard as you can.”
Kashanique Cook led Fort White with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Tasha Robinson added four points and five boards.
But the Indians (16-8) managed just three total field goals in the first half — and shot 0-for-the-second-quarter from the field — and fell into a hole too deep to dig out of.
Still, despite its ugly ending, the 2012-2013 season was one Harris hopes will be a building block for the Indians, who had no seniors on their roster and started two sophomores.
“Just keep fighting,” Harris said. “They'll work hard through the summer and we'll see where we go from here.”
Shambria Washington led Trinity Catholic (25-2) with 22 points and nine assists, while Amber Ferguson added 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Staff writer Andy Marks contributed to this report.