Local roundup | Lakewood Ranch's girls soccer region final postponed

February 1, 2014 

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Lakewood Ranch High School teammates celebrate a goal against the Raiders as the Mustangs host the Ft. Myers Riverdale Raiders in Lakewood Ranch during Tuesday night's girls soccer region semifinal. PAUL VIDELA/Bradenton Herald

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The Lakewood Ranch girls soccer team's quest for a second straight trip to the state tournament will have to wait -- at least for one more day.

Friday's Class 4A-Region 3 final between the Mustangs (22-0-1) and Seminole (22-3-1) was postponed and will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood Ranch.

But it wasn't a wet field that caused the postponement, even though rain fell almost all day.

A bank of lights spewed flames when school officials flipped the switch about 50 minutes before the match was scheduled to start. The resulting outage left a dark patch on one corner of the field.

"It's too important a match to have a bank of lights out," Lakewood Ranch head coach Guy Virgilio said. "It'll be safer if we play it in the afternoon."

Boys basketball

SAINT STEPHEN'S 55, CLEARWATER LAKESIDE CHRISTIAN 46 -- On Senior Night, the host Falcons (9-12) closed the regular season with a victory, getting 26 points from senior Omar Sammour.

Sid Price added 16. Sammour also had 14 rebounds and six steals. The Lions fell to 9-10. The Falcons' next game is Tuesday in a district matchup against Bradenton Christian.

CARDINAL MOONEY 63, NORTH PORT 60 (OT) -- The Bobcats missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the hosts to a second overtime against the Cougars (16-8), and Cardinal Mooney won behind 28 points and four steals from Ryan McMahon.

Justin Najimy added 16 points and five steals for the Cougars.

Justin Miller scored 18 and grabbed eight boards for North Port (18-4). Brandon Gonzalez added 15.

-- Herald staff reports

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