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Pasco girls basketball region semifinals preview


WHO/WHEN: Brooksville Nature Coast (20-4) at Land O’ Lakes (21-4), Tuesday, 7 p.m.

NEED TO KNOW: The Gators and Sharks don’t meet during the regular season, but both teams have a recent common opponents in Gulf and Pasco. The Sharks grabbed a sizable lead early against Gulf, along with solid play from their reserves to come away with a 58-55 win. Nature Coast relies on its trio of juniors: Rita Jarque (18.1 ppg), Mirandas Jones (12.7 ppg) and Fatima Jones (11.7 ppg). Land O’ Lakes counters with its trio of seniors: Pamela Andrade (26 3-pointers), Jhade Hayes (14.4 ppg) and Taylor McDonald (5.0 rpg).


WHO/WHEN: Keswick Christian (21-8) at Academy at the Lakes (20-5), Tuesday, 7 p.m.

NEED TO KNOW: The Wildcats easily won their opening postseason round game against Hernando Christian Academy, 72-18, and now face Keswick Christian that ousted Cambridge Christian, 50-22 . AATL did not play Keswick during the regular season, but both faced Cambridge, Hernando Christian and Canterbury. Karim Nohra’s squad will need to contain the Crusaders’ balanced scoring, which features Alexis Ross, Madison Span, Bekah Baxter and Bonnie Bouvier, all of whom average at least 6.5 ppg.

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