P.K. Yonge, Gainesville, Hawthorne win district titles
Published: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.
P.K. Yonge's girls basketball team overcame a double-digit halftime deficit Saturday night to edge Santa Fe 56-50 for the District 5-4A championship.
Playing at their gym, the Blue Wave mounted a second-half comeback after trailing the Raiders, 29-19, at the half behind double-double performances from junior Kiarah Mallory and senior Arriel Fort.
Mallory led P.K. Yonge with 21 points and 10 assists, while Fort netted 20 and hauled in 13 rebounds.
The top-seeded Blue Wave outpaced the Raiders, 37-21, in the final two quarters.
Santa Fe was led by Tasha Robinson's 11 points and Nikita Curtis' 10.
In Thursday's regional quarterfinals, P.K. Yonge (18-8) hosts New Port Richey Ridgewood (14-12) at 7 p.m., while Santa Fe (19-5) travels to Ocala Trinity Catholic (17-8).
District 2-6A: Janiah McKay poured in 29 points as No. 1 seed Gainesville extended its winning streak to 14 with a 54-34 victory over District 2-6A tournament-host Orange Park Oakleaf on Saturday.
The second-seeded Knights were led by Jade Lewis' 20 points but could not contain the Hurricanes' McKay, a junior guard, who also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and hauled in seven rebounds.
Senior forward Asya Smith added eight points for GHS, while junior guard Felicia Jackson scored seven and dished two assists.
Gainesville (25-2) advances to the Class 6A regional quarterfinal round on Thursday at 7 p.m., where it will host the winner of Monday's District 1 final.
District 2-5A: Suwannee's run through the district tournament came up short at home in a 71-44 loss to Tallahassee Rickards.
As league runner-up the Bulldogs travel to Panama City Rutherford for Thursday's regional quarterfinals at 7 p.m.
District 6-1A: Top-seed Hawthorne (21-3) outscored host Bronson 33-19 in the first half en route to a title-clinching 55-42 win.
Keinetra Hill led Hawthorne with 21 points, while Brook Burns added 19.
Lauren Moore paced Bronson (19-5) with 10 points and five assists.
Hawthorne hosts Lafayette (13-11) on Feb. 11 in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m., while Bronson travels to Hamilton County (12-4).
District 5-1A: Teyonnia Blake scored 14 points and Ciana Hill added 10, but Lafayette couldn't hold off Hamilton County in the championship game, falling to the Trojans 50-42.
The Hornets (13-11) will now travel to Hawthorne on Feb. 11 for the opening round of the 1A regionals. Monique Bryant scored 18 points for Hamilton County (12-4).
“We just need to improve on the little things,” Lafayette coach Jimmy Blankenship said. “We are a lot better than we were last year and are improving — just need to work on the basics.”