Holiday hoops highlight high school action
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Atlantic High School girls finished third and the boys fifth in their own tournament.
Ronni Williams posted 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Atlantic past Perry Central (Hazard, Ky.) 52-39 in the consolation game. Destiny Woodard added 17 for the Sharks.
Williams (31 points, 14 rebounds, 10 steals) recorded a triple double to lead Atlantic to a 56-38 win over Pike County Central (Pikeville, Ky.) while Woodard added 12 to open the tournament.
Atlantic lost to Archbishop Prendergast High (Drexel Hill, Pa.) 52-47 in the semifinal. Williams had 18 points, Woodard 17 and Destiny Howard 12 for the Sharks.
“It was a great tournament with great competition. We should have been in the championship game. We beat a team in Perry Central that played in the national tournament in South Carolina with us a week earlier. We also got our school’s 400th victory,” said Atlantic Coach George Butts.
Two wins, one loss for Atlantic boys
The Sharks boys team lost to Pebblebrook High of Mableton, Ga. 71-56 to open the tournament.
Justin Vallejo had 15 points for the Sharks.
The Sharks rebounded to beat Sunland Baptist Academy, Freeport, Bahamas 42-39 the next day. In that game, Vallejo tallied 18 points for Atlantic.
Atlantic finished the tournament by taking down Hialeah 44-37. Vellejo led the Sharks again with 12 points.
Lopez loses to Leesburg in final
Father Lopez and Mainland both competed in the Father Lopez Holiday Tournament.
Leesburg High spoiled Lopez’ bid for the title by beating them 71-60 in the tournament final.
Cameron Breehl led the Green Wave with 19 points while A.J. Ford and Mailik Maitland each added 16.
Also during the tournament local teams matched up and Father Lopez topped Mainland 65-59.
Breehl had 20 points, Ford 18, and Maitland 13 for the Green Wave while Craig Wilmore scored 17 points and Cameron Hadley 13 for the Buccaneers.
Mainland did pick up a win over West Palm Beach’s Kings Academy 48-39 led by Brandon Thompson who scored 15 points and Hadley, who tallied 12. Mainland also beat Jacksonville Bishop Kenny 50-47.
Father Lopez also beat Jacksonville Harvest Community 77-35. Maitland had 17 points while Ford and Breehl each had 12 for Lopez.
Green Wave girls win their tourney
Father Lopez’ girls team has lived up to their billing as a state title contender so far this season. The Green Wave continued their good play by winning their own tournament this past week.
Lopez defeated Fort Pierce Lincoln Park Academy 65-43 in the championship game fueled by Shannon Crenshaw’s 27 points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists.
The Green Wave also beat Titusville Astronaut 71-45 and Orange Park Oakleaf 75-45 in the tournament.
Crenshaw had 26 points, Ashley Folsom 22 points, 19 rebounds with seven blocks and Simone Brown contributed 13 points with 10 boards against Astronaut.
Folsom scored 24 points, Crenshaw 21 and Brown 19 for the Green Wave against Oakleaf.
New Smyrna Beach also competed in the tournament and got a win over Tampa Blake 46-29. Gabby Kostenbader led the Barracudas with 16 points in that game.
New Smyrna lost to Pikesville, Ky. 38-32 and Osceola 53-50. Jasmine Hill and Gabby Kostenbader had 15 points each for New Smyrna against Osceola.
“It was a great tournament for us to be in. It had some good competition. We will be in it again next year,” stated James Henry, New Smyrna’s head coach.
DeLand tops New Smyrna
Local teams DeLand and New Smryna squared off in the annual Russ Gibbs Holiday tournament in DeLand.
DeLand beat New Smyrna 62-51 in the tournament championship game, avenging an earlier loss to them this season.
Monolito Hamilton led the victorious Bulldogs with 19 points while Chauncey Kennedy had 10.
Marcus Johnson had 11 points, Desmond Mitchell 10 and Davarez Bryant eight points with seven rebounds for the Barracudas.
New Smyrba defeated Delray Beach Villages 55-54 in the semifinal. Mitchell had 20 points in that game and made the game winning free throw in the final seconds.
New Smyrna also defeated Orlando Olympia 64-58 to open the tournament behind Mitchell’s 31 points.
DeLand also had wins over St. George Bahamas 59-56 and Trinity Christian 67-30. Kyle Epping had 24 points for DeLand against St. George and 13 against Trinity.
Prep Sports Seven basketball
Girls: 1. Father Lopez (15-3), 2. Atlantic (9-5), 3. DeLand (14-2), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (10-4), 5. Seabreeze (8-5), 6. Trinity (11-4), 7. Warner (6-3).
Boys: 1. Father Lopez (11-2), 2. DeLand (10-4), 3. New Smyrna (12-3), 4. Mainland (7-5), 5. Spruce Creek (6-5), 6. Halifax (8-3), 7. Calvary (8-3).