Exciting high school hoops postseason
COMPILED BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Destiny Woodard scored 28 points and Ronni Williams had 19 points with 10 rebounds to lead Atlantic High School past Orlando Lake Highland Prep 64-50 for the district 7-4A title. The Sharks beat Orlando Jones High 50-44 in the semifinal.
Williams had 21 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks while Woodard scored 23 points. Atlantic was to host Cocoa Beach in the first round of the playoffs on Feb. 7.
Father Lopez handled Oviedo Master’s Academy 67-43 to win the district 4-3A title. Shannon Crenshaw had 28 points to lead Lopez. Ashley Folsom added 12 points and Simone Brown points 11 for the Green Wave. Lopez also dominated Warner 69-22 in the semifinals. Crenshaw tallied 15 points and Brown 14 for the Wave. Lopez will host Gainesville Oak Hall to open the playoffs.
Deltona Trinity Christian Academy won the district 4-2A championship with a 61-51 win over Winter Park Geneva. Salena Lewis had 23 points while Ashley Sauri added 13 points with 10 rebounds and Megan Hagly had 11 points with 10 boards and two blocks for the Eagles.
Trinity defeated Winter Park International Community 58-53 in the semifinal.
Lewis scored 19 points and Brittany Sylvester 16 for the Eagles. Trinity will host Ocala St. John Lutheran in the first round of the playoffs.
Seabreeze, DeLand, Smyrna make postseason
Orlando Edgewater rip-ped Seabreeze 62-18 to win the district 8-6A championship. Shakaria Scantling led the Sandcrabs with 10 points. Scantling also had 19 points to lead Seabreeze to a 59-27 win over Deltona in the semifinal to clinch a playoff berth. Seabreeze will play at Palm Bay Heritage to start the playoffs.
New Smyrna was defeated by Viera 65-22 in the district 3-7A title game. New Smyrna did make the playoffs by beating University 62-58 in the semifinal round.
In that game, Ashley Schofield had 19 points and Jasmine Hall 12 for the Barracudas. Grizel Rivera had 24 points, Mikeia Pooler 13 and Bria Culpepper 10 for the Titans. New Smyrna travels to Orlando Evans to open the playoffs.
DeLand fell to Lake Mary 59-28 in the district 2-8A championship game. The Bulldogs did top Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley 63-52 in the semifinal round to advance to the postseason. DeLand plays at Jacksonville Mandarin for the first round of the playoffs.
Regional playoff dates are Feb. 7 for quarterfinals, Feb. 12 for semifinals and Feb. 16 for finals.
Boy’s tourneys slated Feb. 6-9
The district champion and runner-up earn state playoff bids so making it to the title game is a must.
Most likely to make the playoffs: Father Lopez, New Smyrna, Mainland.
True playoff contenders: DeLand, Calvary.
Possible sneak-ins: Spruce Creek, Trinity, University.
2-8A: DeLand, Spruce Creek, Lyman Longwood, Oviedo Hagarty, Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs Lake Brantley, Sanford Seminole. Top-seeded Hagarty is the favorite, but this is a district where anybody can beat anybody. Creek will have to fight to get to the title game and make post season.
3-7A: New Smyrna Beach, University, Melbourne Veira. New Smyrna already is in the playoffs as the top seed in the three-team district. University must beat Viera to make title game and postseason.
8-6A: Mainland, Seabreeze, Pine Ridge, Deltona, Orlando Edgewater. Second-seeded Mainland should meet top-seeded Edgewater in championship game and make the playoffs.
7-4A: Atlantic, Orlando Jones, Orlando Lake Highland Prep, Bishop Moore. Atlantic has a tall task to make title game and post season.
4-3A: Father Lopez, Warner, Lake Mary Prep, Oviedo Master’s Academy. Top-seeded Father Lopez expected to run away with district title.
3-2A: Calvary, Halifax, Trinity and Winter Park Geneva. Top-seeded Calvary is the favorite. Trinity and Halifax look to play spoiler.
Flagler Palm Coast plays in district 1-8A with Jacksonville teams Sandalwood and Mandarin. Palm Coast Matanzas plays in district 4-5A with St. Augustine Menendez, Ponte Verde, Ponte Verde Nease.
Prep Sports Seven basketball rankings
Girls: 1. *Father Lopez (22-5), 2. *Atlantic (19-6), 3. DeLand (25-2), 4. Flagler Palm Coast (18-7), 5. *Trinity (19-7), 6. *Seabreeze (13-12), tie 7., *New Smyrna (8-16), Warner (8-9). * denotes playoff team.
Boys: 1. Father Lopez (22-2), 2. DeLand (18-7), 3. New Smyrna (20-3), 4.
Mainland (15-10), 5. Calvary (17-6), 6. Flagler Palm Coast (11-11), tie 7. Spruce Creek (10-12), Halifax (10-7).
1. Spruce Creek, 2. Trinity, 3. New Smyrna, 4. DeLand, 5. Seabreeze, 6. Flagler Palm Coast, 7. Deltona.