High School Sports

Lakewood Ranch, Bayshore girls bow out

VENICE - Following her team's 40-24 loss and elimination from the Class 5A-District 12 playoffs, Lakewood Ranch High girls basketball coach Tina Hadley talked about small victories the Mustangs achieved throughout the season

She spoke first of her team's win against Southeast, which broke the Noles' 10-year winning streak against Manatee County teams.

And even in a loss, she spotted a individual victory Monday night when Brittany Barger entered the game late and knocked down a 3-pointer on her first attempt.

But the Mustangs couldn't muster enough of those moments this season or in the district tournament opener as Lakewood Ranch saw its season come to an end with a defeat against host Venice.

"We had fun this year," said Hadley. "It was a learning process for everybody. We saw perfection at times, and we have no reason to hang our heads."

Lakewood Ranch did not score a basket until Breanna Lindsey made a layup 12:19 into the game.

After Lindsey's field goal, Becca Seay hit a layup one minute later, but that was the whole of the Lakewood Ranch offense in the first 16 minutes as the Mustangs fell behind 18-4.

Venice dominated the boards and consistently trapped the Mustangs in the corners to force turnovers. But the Indians were far from world beaters, making only one field goal in the first eight minutes and four in the first half. Both teams struggled to score inside five feet all night.

In that first half, the Mustangs also missed all seven of their shots from the free-throw line, with Lindsey misfiring six of those. Lakewood Ranch hit less than 20 percent of its free throws (4-21) all night.

The Mustangs played appreciably better in the final 16 minutes. When Jenny Tobar put back a missed free throw for her first field goal of the game, Lakewood Ranch eclipsed its first half total of points only two minutes into the third quarter and came with 10 at 20-10.

But Venice also improved its overall performance in the second half, converting turnovers for easy baskets on the other end.

Natalie Gaudreau finished with a game high 18 points for the Indians while Julia Samus paced the Mustangs with six and Becca Seay and Lindsey both adding five points each.

Lakewood Ranch finished its first year under Hadley at 10-15, while the Indians improved to 14-9.

LAKEWOOD RANCH (24) - Brisha Walker 0 1-4 1, Taylor Broadbridge 0 0-0 0, Katie Morris 0 0-0 0, Becca Seay 0 0-0 0, Brittany Barger 1 0-0 3, Jenny Tobar 1 2-6 4, Breanna Lindsey 2 1-10 5, Megan Ketchum 0 0-1 1, Julia Samus 3 0-0 6. Totals: 9 4-21 24.

VENICE (40) - Natalie Gaudreau 5 7-12 18, Annie Boone 0 0-0 0, Jamie Lane 1 2-4 4, Lauren Ramey 2 1-2 5, Lindsay Reigstecker 2 2-2 7, Kaylee Ream 1 0-0 2, Diana Mesherle 1 0-0 2, Kim Pinkerton 0 0-1 0, Jen Thoennissen 1 0-0 2, Kristen Walchle 0 0-0 0, Chloe West 0 0-0 0, Megan Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 12-21 40.

Lakewood Ranch 0 4 13 11 - 24

Venice 7 11 14 8 - 40

3-pointers: Lakewood Ranch 2 (Seay, Barger), Venice 2 (Gaudreau, Riegstacker); Team fouls: Lakewood Ranch 14, Venice 19. Records: Lakewood Ranch 10-15, Venice 14-9.

North Port 71, Bayshore 56

Despite getting seven 3-pointers in the second half from La'tece Luther, who scored all 23 of her points in the final 16 minutes, the Bruins could not pull off the upset.

An emotional Hank Mallol, who is resigning at season's end, was proud of his team's effort, especially since the Bobcats beat Bayshore by 51 points the last time the teams played.

"We're blessed because we won 11 games . . . and we've come a long way this year," Mallol said. "I'm real proud of the kids because they could have folded when he got down (early)."

Luther and Liz Garcia (15 points) combined for nine 3-pointers in the second half to help the Bruins (11-13) come within five points at one time in the third quarter.

But the Bobcats used their size to control the paint while Chelsea Johnson made several key outside shots on her way to 22 points to lead North Port.

BAYSHORE (56) - Jody Jackson 2 1-2 6, La'tece Luther 7 2-2 23, Shena Lam 3 3-5 9, Whitney Bauer 1 2-2 4, Liz Garcia 5 2-3 15, Rachelle Taylor 0 0-0 0, Darlene Miller 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 10-14 57.

NORTH PORT (71) - Brittany Konik 3 2-2 8, Vanessa Price 0 1-2 1, Chelsea Johnson 9 3-5 22, Rheisa Burke 6 0-0 12, Secoya Black 3 2-4 8, M'risha Thomas 5 1-2 11, Jahnisha Registe 1 0-0 2, Tara Gilot 2 1-2 5, Gaby Paraguez 0 2-3 2. Totals: 29 11-18 71.

Bayshore 14 03 23 16 - 56

North Port 20 12 19 20 - 71

3-pointers: Bayshore 10 (Luther 7, Garcia 2, Jackson); North Port 1 (Johnson). Total fouls: Bayshore 15; North Port 17. Records: Bayshore 11-13; North Port 13-7.

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