GIRLS BASKETBALL: REGIONAL SEMIFINALS ROUNDUP
Top-ranked GHS falls at Pine Forest
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:08 a.m.
After showing a penchant for winning close games all season, the top-ranked Gainesville girls basketball team finished on the wrong side of a nail-biter Tuesday night, losing 56-53 at No. 3 Pensacola Pine Forest in the Region 1-6A semifinals.
Hurricanes junior guard Janiah McKay led all scorers with 20 points and helped pull GHS back from a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter.
Gainesville (26-3), which closed its season-ending defeat on a 13-5 run, was previously 7-1 in contests decided by five points or fewer this season.
“It's not really frustrating, it's just unease that they didn't fall,” GHS coach David Gordon said of his team's three shots at the end of the game that didn't fall. “But everything doesn't fall all the time, you have to just go with the flow. And tonight, those were the ones that just didn't fall tonight and we'll take it as it is."
Felicia Jackson, a junior guard, also finished in double figures for the Hurricanes with 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Pine Forest (24-2) was led in scoring by Britney Snowden's 16 points and Kim Payne's 10.
HAMILTON COUNTY 50, BRONSON 44: Brittany Riley poured in 24 points as the visiting Eagles fell in the Region 3-1A semifinals.
Thalia Jackson, an eighth-grader, added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Bronson (19-6), which was looking for its first playoff win since 1995.
The host Trojans (13-4), who trailed by one point at the break, outscored the Eagles, 17-9, in the third quarter and were led by Tamiera Mobley's 15 points.
WILDWOOD 45, WILLISTON 40: The visiting Red Devils jumped out to an early lead but were not able to hold off the Wildcats in the Region 4-1A semifinals.
Junior forward Shabre Porter led Williston (13-14) with 11 points, and Briana Rushing, a freshman center, paced Wildwood (21-6) with a game-high 13 points.