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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

Girls basketball: District breakdown

Class 6A-8 Teams: Alonso, Bloomingdale, Brandon, Plant, Wharton Outlook: The freshman duo of Shayla Cooper (16.1 ppg) and Tesha Hanson (14.9 ppg) made Wharton one of the surprise teams of the season. The No. 1-seeded Wildcats survived scares from Plant, which with leading scorer Michelle Taylor (16.3 ppg), lost by only three points in their last meeting. Class 5A-9
Teams: Chamberlain, Freedom, Gaither, Hillsborough, King, Leto, Sickles Outlook: No. 1 seed Sickles has All-American center Amber Henson with her 22 points and 11.9 rebounds per game average. But they also have Bre Crum's 11. 5 ppg and a better team concept understanding. No. 2 seed Freedom will counter with juniors Shaunice Hobbs (19.2 ppg), Kaitlynn Pacholke (12.9 ppg) and Lindsay Taggart (13.3 ppg). Class 5A-8 Teams: Armwood, Durant, East Bay, Newsome, Plant City, Riverview, Tampa Bay Tech Outlook: No. 1 seed Tampa Bay Tech and No. 2 seed Durant likely will face off for the third time this season in the final. East Bay, with Shytina Harley, and Riverview, with Faith Woodard and Ashley Favors, have the players to make that path more difficult. Class 4A-9 Teams: Blake, Jefferson, Lennard, Middleton, Robinson, Spoto, Steinbrenner, Strawberry Crest Outlook: No. 1 seed Jefferson smothered its district competition this season with overpowering size and physical play. Led by the double-digit averages of Laurie' Beaty (15.3 ppg), Shayla Wilson (12.3 ppg) and Chantrelle Frazier (10.0 ppg) and the leadership of senior guard Jade Givens, the Dragons plan to mount another postseason charge. No. 2 seed Spoto, with leading scorer DeAndra Davis (15.7 ppg), stands in the way. Class 3A-10 Teams: Academy of the Holy Names, Berkeley Prep, Clearwater Central Catholic, St. Pete Catholic, Tampa Catholic Outlook: With their head-to-head series split, a coin toss was necessary to determine the No. 1 seed between Tampa Catholic and St. Pete Catholic, which won. The Barons have Jerica Coley and the Crusaders have four players averaging double digits, including leading scorer Colette Eule. Class 2A-10 Teams: Bishop McLaughlin, Calvary Christian, Indian Rocks Christian, Tampa Prep Outlook: With four players averaging double digits in scoring, Indian Rocks Christian swept the district competition in the regular season. Reigning district champion Tampa Prep, with leading scorer Latora Lofgren (16.3 ppg), will try to repeat. Class 1A-9 Teams: Academy at the Lakes, Cambridge, Canterbury, Keswick Christian, Lakeland Christian, Tampa Bay Christian Outlook: No. 1 seed Keswick completed a perfect district record with a 74-28 victory over No. 2 seed Lakeland Christian on Jan. 21. The Crusaders' stingy defense has limited opponents to 39 ppg. Class 1A-8 Teams: Bayshore Christian, Bradenton Christian, Citrus Park Christian, Hernando Christian, Seffner Christian Outlook: Bradenton Christian earned the No. 1 seed with a perfect district record by outscoring opponents 515-261. No. 2 seed Seffner Christian was the closest to an upset with a four-point loss on Dec. 5. Arielle Jadlowski leads the Crusaders at 16.8 ppg.

Katherine Smith