High schools: Lake Weir, Meadowbrook win district championships in girls basketball

The girls basketball teams at Lake Weir and Meadowbrook captured district championships on Friday night.

The fourth-seeded Hurricanes overcame an 11-2 deficit after one quarter to top rival and No. 2 seed Vanguard, 36-35, at Spring Hill Springstead to win the District 5-5A title. The district championship was the first for the school.

LWHS junior guard Erilynn Beltre tweeted Saturday morning that it was the “biggest day of my life yesterday and we made history.”

Lake Weir (13-9) and VHS (14-12), which was led by Jadah Kingcade (20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals), will learn their playoff fates when brackets are released Sunday by the FHSAA. LWHS will host an opening-round game at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The top-seeded Mustangs defeated host and No. 3 seed Mount Dora Christian Academy, 47-29, to claim the 5-2A championship.

Meadowbrook, which had a 15-2 advantage after one quarter, was led by Lanina Murillo (22 points, 3 rebounds) and Angel Ross (10 points, 6 rebounds). The Mustangs (15-5) will host a regional quarterfinal on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Port Orange Spruce Creek 43, West Port 38: At Spruce Creek, the Wolf Pack (12-9) were led in scoring by District 2-7A all-tournament selection Milekya Mercado (14 points). The Class 7A playoff brackets are scheduled to be released on Sunday.

Boys soccer

Trinity Catholic (11-5-1) is the No. 5 seed and will travel to No. 4 seed Tallahassee Maclay (13-3-3) in the FHSAA Class 3A, Region 1 quarterfinals on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Boys basketball

Dunnellon 84, Crescent City 47: At Dunnellon, the Tigers used a 31-8 run in the third quarter to pull away. Zion Rodney (24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, 3 rebounds), Devontae Grant (13 points, 5 assists, 4 steals), Aramys Rodriguez (13 points, 5 rebounds) and Bode Burns (4 points, team-high 7 rebounds) led DHS. Dunnellon (19-7) will compete in the District 4-4A tournament next week.

Forest 69, West Port 48: At FHS, the Wildcats (18-7) will compete in the District 3-6A tournament next week, while the Wolf Pack (6-15) will compete in the District 2-7A tournament.

Meadowbrook 67, St. Francis 59: At Meadowbrook, the Mustangs (17-9) will compete in the District 5-2A tournament next week.

Cornerstone Charter Academy 60, Redeemer Christian 54: At Redeemer, the Lions were led by Grant Phillips (14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists), Andrew Parker (10 points) and Andrew Powers (9 points, 6 rebounds). Redeemer (16-8) will compete in the District 5-2A tournament next week.

Real Life Christian Academy 58, St. John Lutheran 57: At St. John, the Saints (2-16) will compete in the District 5-2A tournament next week.

Competitive cheer

The FHSAA competitive cheerleading championships were held Tuesday-Wednesday at UF in Gainesville. Three area schools advanced to the finals at Exactech Arena.

Gallery: Cheerleading teams from all over Florida compete in the State Championships

In Class 2A Large Division non-tumbling, Forest finished sixth with a score of 78.20. Winning the title was Lakeland with 88.80. In Class 1A Medium Division non-tumbling, Vanguard finished eighth with a score of 73.00 (Lakeland won at 88.80). In Class 1A Extra Large Division non-tumbling, Trinity Catholic was fourth in the finals at 73.60; Monsignor Pace in Miami won (77.80).

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