Sophomore Ronald Taylor poured in 30 points Tuesday night as the Southeast boys basketball team opened its season with a 57-51 victory over visiting Bradenton Christian. Tre Alexandrea added nine points, and Larry Woodard recorded 11 steals for the Seminoles.
The Panthers got 22 points from Ryan Leunk and 14 points from Coleman Barber.
BRADEN RIVER 55, SARASOTA CHRISTIAN 44 -- The host Pirates erased a 22-21 halftime deficit to win both teams' season opener.
Zechariah Kendall had 14 points for Braden River. He and 6-foot-7 center Michael Braxton combinded for 17 fourth-quarter points. Ryan Owsianka had 13 points off the bench. including 3 threes, for the Pirates.
BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN 62, SAINT STEPHEN'S 36 -- Omar Sammour led the host Falcons with 12 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort in the season opener. The Faith Warriors are 2-0.
MANATEE 46, CARDINAL MOONEY 37 -- Becca Butler poured in 18 points and brought down seven rebounds as the visiting Hurricanes moved to 2-2.
Omeesha Shaw chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds, and Jacqui Armer had 10 points and nine rebounds for Manatee.
SOUTHEAST 49, BAYSHORE 23 -- Bevin Mays scored 21 points, DeAngela Mathis added 18 points, and Keshawna Robinson pulled down 10 boards as the visiting Seminoles moved to 3-0.
JoJo Muldoon's nine points paced the Bruins.
In the JV contest, Zikyia Cheaves led the way with 12 points as the Seminoles (2-0) claimed a 40-27 win. Marline Valcin added eight points and 13 rebounds.
PALMETTO 58, BOOKER 33 -- Jermisha Collins scored 28 points and had eight steals to lead the host Tigers to an easy victory over the Tornadoes.
Collins stands 19 points short of 1,000 for her career. She'll go for the milestone at home Thursday against Wauchula Hardee.
Tina Stephen's contributed 10 points and 15 rebounds for Palmetto (3-0).
The Tigers also won the junior varsity contest 47-15.
MANATEE 3, LARGO PINELLAS PARK 0 -- The visiting Hurricanes improved to 2-3, 1-2 in Class 5A-District 8, behind goals from Luis Segura Gonzalez, Santiago Cruz and Jacob Titsworth.
Chris Morrish and Matthew Marshall combined on the shutout in goal.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 8, IMAGINE SCHOOL OF NORTH PORT 0 -- Matthew Jones notched five goals to lead the way as the visiting Falcons moved to 3-0.
Alex Virgilio and Jorge Zavala each had a goal and two assists for Saint Stephen's. Michael Gharby also scored, and Jeremy Jackman and Jon Boyd each added a pair of assists.
MANATEE 8, LARGO PINELLAS PARK 0 -- Sydney Cornell paced the visiting Hurricanes (3-1-1, 2-0-1 Class 5A-District 8) with two goals as Manatee romped.
Kyle Ameres had a goal and an assist, and Kyra Himes, Maia Krebser, Michaela Krebser, Meredith Roberts and Jessica Schafer each had a goal. Clarissa Palmer had two assists.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 1, NORTH PORT 0 -- Sophia Falco scored the match's lone goal on an assist from Maria Miller as the host Mustangs improved to 6-0-1, 5-0-1 in Class 4A-District 11 action.
The Lakewood Ranch back line, led by Juliana Guida and Lindsay Martinez, controlled the game.
BAYSHORE 6, TAMPA SPOTO 2 -- Tiffany Manansala scored four times, and Reesie Karkoff and Vikki Velasquez-Estrada scored as the host Bruins rolled.
SAINT STEPHEN'S 9, IMAGINE SCHOOL OF NORTH PORT 1 -- Kristi Jones knocked home four goals, and Kayla Hayes had two to lift the visiting Falcons (4-1) to victory over the Sharks.
Samantha Burgess, Jenna Turner and Katie Siegal each had a goal for Saint Stephen's. Kirsten Samuels and Kelsey Leskinen added two assists apiece.
-- Herald staff reports