Canes, Pirates, Bruins bow out
in district semis
Palm Harbor University proved to be the more powerful of the Hurricanes, beating visiting Manatee 50-35 on Wednesday night in the Class 8A-District 8 semifinals.
Senior guard Joe Pigozzo hit three 3-pointers, all from the same spot behind the arc, in the first quarter as PHU (14-7) jumped to a 23-7 lead.
Manatee battled back, but Pigozzo hit another of his six 3-pointers in the second quarter to squash a 9-2 Manatee run that made it 28-16 at halftime.
NORTH PORT 58, BRADEN RIVER 36 -- The host Bobcats used a 17-4 advantage in the third quarter to run away from the Pirates in a Class 7A-District 10 semifinal.
North Port (21-4) led just 29-23 at halftime after Brandon Gonzalez, who led all scorers with 27 points, nailed a 3-pointer.
Braden River, which finishes its season 14-11, got 11 points and 10 rebounds from Zach Kendall, nine points from Isaiah Garrett and 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots from Michael Braxton.
The Bobcats will host Palmetto at 7 p.m. Friday for the district title.
ST. PETERSBURG LAKEWOOD 80, BAYSHORE 56 -- The third-seeded Bruins fell to the second-seeded and host Spartans in a Class 5A-District 10 semifinal.
MANATEE 9, ST. PETERSBURG LAKEWOOD 2 -- Kelli Gault struck out 10 batters, and Marriah Wise went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs as the host Hurricanes cruised in their season opener.
Gault went six innings on the mound, allowing two earned runs and two hits. Taylor Bell added two hits and three RBIs for Manatee. Wise and Bell each hit a triple.
-- Herald staff reports,the Tampa Bay Times contributed to this report