Local Roundup | Noles advance to district semis

February 5, 2014 

Next step: St. Petersburg.

Southeast's boys basketball team cruised past Gulfport Boca Ciega 58-39 on Tuesday in a Class 5A-District 10 quarterfinal.

The Seminoles (17-9) head to top-seeded St. Petersburg Gibbs at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a semifinal.

The winner advances to Friday's championship game and next week's regional playoffs.

"Both teams are young and I think had district tournament jitters in the beginning," Southeast head coach Floyd Watkins said. "In the second half we started running the floor better and started converting turnovers into baskets. We also shot a lot better and controlled the boards, which helped."

Ronald Taylor recorded 17 points, T.J. Jones added 11 points and Emory Bonner scored eight to go along with four rebounds for the Seminoles, who lost to Gibbs 60-50 during the regular season.

"I think we can go up there and challenge them. We are only one game away from the region and (that) should motivate us," Watkins said.

BAYSHORE 14, GULFPORT BOCA CIEGA 1, 5 INN. -- Marina Clark and Kristin Staley swung the big bats for the host Bruins.

Clark had three hits, including two triples, and Staley had four hits to help Bayshore cruise. Miriam Schmoll handled the pitching striking out 11 in five innings for the Bruins, who are 1-0 overal and in Class 5A-District 10.

NORTH PORT 5, SOUTHEAST 1 -- The host Seminoles fell to the Bobcats.

Megan Stevens had two hits and RBI for Southeast and Rebecca Boesen had 10 strikeouts.

Journee Bennett doubled for Southeast.

VENICE 5, BRADEN RIVER 2 -- Brittany Cole went 2-for-3 for the host Pirates, who fell to 0-2.

Boys Tennis

SOUTHEAST 5, PALMETTO 2 -- Jake Mattrow, Tyler Teaford and Josh Degaetano won in singles and doubles as the Seminoles opened the season with the win.

Mattrow teamed with Ryan Eberle while Teaford and Degaetano paired up in the doubles victories.

Davis Fulgham and Sidney Soundara were the winners for Palmetto.

Softball

Girls tennis

PALMETTO 5, SOUTHEAST 2 -- The Tigers opened the season with a win at Southeast.

Maggie Zanders and Jourdan McKinnis won at Nos. 1 and 2 singles and teamed to win at No. 1 doubles for Palmetto. Sydney Oang and Mia Thomas won at No.2 doubles for the Tigers.

Madeline Jumar and Katie Yetzer won for the Seminoles.

-- Herald staff reports

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