Mustangs, Tigers earn district-final meeting
Emily Bulfin and Elise Spiller combined to hit 5 of 6 3-point attempts and scored 20 points apiece Wednesday night as the Lakewood Ranch girls basketball team defeated visiting St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins 61-47 in a Class 6A-District 12 semifinal.
The second-seeded Mustangs (15-8) will host Palmetto, which upset top-seeded Seminole Osceola 48-47 on Wednesday, in the district final at 7 p.m. Friday. Both teams will advance to the region tournament.
Kailyn Scully added 10 points and seven rebounds for Lakewood Ranch, which led 39-18 at halftime and 53-28 after three quarters.
ST. PETERSBURG LAKEWOOD 43, BAYSHORE 32 -- The Bruins (12-15) battled the top-seeded Spartans (20-3), trailing by just six at halftime, but they fell in a Class 5A-District 12 semifinal.
PORT CHARLOTTE 63, BRADEN RIVER 54 -- Visiting Braden River bowed out in the Class 7A-District 11 semifinals, finishing the season with a 19-8 record. Braden River set a school record for victories.
STATE COLLEGE OF FLORIDA 105, HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE 92 -- Michael Sanchez scored a career-high 29 points and added eight assists to lift the Manatees to a Suncoast Conference victory over the visiting Hawks.
SCF (20-4, 3-0) led by as many as 24 points in the first half. Savad Garner added 20 points, Isaiah Williams had 15, Denzel Myers poured in 14, and Lakewood Ranch's Brian Cobb scored 13.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 56, SARASOTA MILITARY ACADEMY 55 -- Senior Charlie Boothby led the way on Senior Night with 18 points as the host Falcons improved to 5-16.
Saint Stephen's led by 15 at halftime but trailed by six in the fourth quarter. Freshman jacob Westberry hit four 3-pointers for all 12 of his points in the final period. Senior Michael Berdusco hit a key free throw late in the game, and freshman Bobby Harrison had 10 points.
-- Herald staff reports