Lemon Bay 54, Ida Baker 38
The Manta Rays got off to a slow start Tuesday night in their season opener, but the tempo of the contest would dramatically transform as the game went on.
Lemon Bay found themselves down 23-22 at the half against the Ida Baker Bulldogs.
“I challenged them to bring a lot more energy,” said Sean Huber, Lemon Bay basketball coach. “We had a tough basketball practice yesterday. It was almost three hours long. I wasn’t sure how we would respond because we were kind of flat to start.”
The Manta Rays outscored the Bulldogs 16-2 in the third quarter, employing a full-court press.
Gunyr Morrill paced the Manta Rays with 16 points, Caleb Geisendorfer added 12 and Leon Fleming contributed 11 in the victory.
Charlotte 79, Island Coast 21
A strong start by the Charlotte Tarpons in their regular season opener, one that saw them build a 34-7 lead in the first quarter, where they forced the opposition to turn the ball over on a consistent basis, held a commanding 36 point at the half, 54-18.
The Tarpons started the second half with a running clock.
“We were just flying around making the extra pass,” said Tom Massolio, Charlotte Tarpons basketball coach. “Making the extra pass, which I was really happy about. That seems to be one of our strengths this year. Guys looking for other guys getting the transition.”
The Tarpons were authoritative in victory, punctuating the final minutes, with 11 dunks to put a poignant and powerful spin on a convincing victory.
“Anytime you score 34 points in a quarter it’s special,” said Massolio.
The Tarpons had four players score in double figures, Tre Carrol and Ahmad Johnson with 18 points each, Makai Reeves with 14 and Laz Carballo with 13. The Tarpons had 8 three-pointers on the night, and were 13-17 from the free throw line.
Port Charlotte 49, Imagine School 39
The Lady Pirates held Imagine’s best player scoreless in a road win on Tuesday night.
Alani Qualls kept up her hot streak with 16 points, followed by 12 from Sade Romain. Romain also hit two key 3 pointers as the game approached its end.
Eight of the 10 Lady Pirates who took the floor scored at least six points.Port Charlotte next plays at North Fort Myers on Friday.
The Lady Sharks were paced by Skylar Woods 13 points, Karessa Christie and Isabella Faulkner each added eight points.
North Port 61, Cardinal Mooney 42
On opening night, the Bobcats (1-0) got a decisive road win over the Cougars.
Senior Eric Baker led with 22 points, followed by Albert Iribarren and Jeremy Morales each with 10.
North Fort Myers 5, Lemon Bay 0
The North Fort Myers Lady Red Knights shutout the Lemon Bay Lady Manta Rays 5-0 Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Taylor Mason was the star for the Lady Manta Rays, turning away the opposition and thwarting their scoring attempts, including several one-on-one saves, said Katie Cooke, Lemon Bay girls soccer coach. Mason made 15 saves.
“She came out of the net to snag the ball off their forwards feet,” said Cooke.
The Red Knights out shot the Manta Rays 20-7.
North Port 4, Braden River 1
The North Port girls soccer team got its district play going with a 4-1 win over Braden River.
The Lady Bobcats (2-0-1, 1-0) jumped ahead with a hat trick from Aleena Purvis. The other goal was scored by Jenna Barboe. Spreading the ball around, Aeraiah Bailey, Emily Idoyaga and Charleze Borer each assisted on a goal.
In goal, North Port’s Jordan Wyatt turned away eight shots in the win.
The Lady Bobcats play next play away at Charlotte on Thursday.
Palmetto 3, Venice 0
The Palmetto Tigers boys soccer team shut out the Venice Indians 3-0 Tuesday evening.
Cape Coral 3, Port Charlotte 0
The Cape Coral Lady Seahawks blanked the Port Charlotte Lady Pirates 3-0 Tuesday evening.