A roundup of high school games played on Wednesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 2:
ECS 49, St. John Neumann 46
Just a week removed from their first meeting of the season, the Sentinels survived and left St. John Neumann with a huge road win to improve to 6-0 this season in Dwayne Donnell's first season at ECS.
With 10.7 seconds left on the clock, the Celtics had one final chance to send the game into overtime but were unable to do so after a Lily Wahlfeld shot grazed off the front rim as time expired and the Sentinels escaped with a 49-46 win.
After a tight first quarter, the Sentinels came out with a high-intensity level that the Celtics could not match. Despite being without starting guard Maddie O'Berski, ECS would outscore Neumann 15-3 in the second quarter to build a comfortable 24-9 lead heading into the half.
“We are always excited with victories,” Donnell said. “We won another game shorthanded without Maddie O’Berski if we can keep doing that until she gets healthy, we are excited. We had some girls that stepped up. Hayden Hendrix stepped up, Elan Davis stepped up, Abby Carleton stepped up, we got some great minutes from our kids.”
After a disappointing first half, the Celtics needed a spark to get back in the game and got that from senior guard Leah Martin-Gonzales. Martin-Gonzales, who was honored before the game for surpassing 1,000 points in her career, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to begin the second half to cut the lead to 28-19, shifting the tide in momentum.
Martin-Gonzales would finish with 18 points to lead all Celtics scorers.
“Leah just puts every ounce of effort into each game and even in practice she plays like that,” Neumann coach John Wholihan said. “She deserves what she gets, she deserves the awards she gets.”
As the fourth quarter began, the Celtics still faced an 11-point deficit but continued to chip away at the Sentinels lead.
Zaira Mitchell and Hailey Figueroa commanded the Sentinels backcourt and made big plays down the stretch to close out the game. Mitchell would finish with 18 points for the Sentinels.
“They did a great job taking some time off the clock with the lead and that’s what you are trying to do in that situation,” Donnell said. “This is a great phenomenal job for these kids to win that game in a tough environment. We're probably going to see them him again down the road. But today we’re the winners and we're glad to be winning today.”
The Celtics would cut the lead down to three with less than a minute left but were not able to send the game into overtime and picked up their first home loss of the season.
“I'd rather play a game like that and lose than then play and win by 30,” Wholihan said. “That game makes you better it makes both teams better. We'll probably meet him again in the Private 8 so, we're looking forward to it.”
— Izubee Charles
Naples 56, Bishop Verot 23: Senior guard Molly Richards eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for the Golden Eagles, finishing with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 9 steals.
Sydney Martin added a double-double, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Naples.
South Fort Myers 75, Oasis 30: Purdue-bound Addison Potts had 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Wolfpack (4-0), while Jayda Green added 23 points and 5 assists.
Beth Cabral and Maci Stambaugh led the Sharks with eight points each in the loss.
Cape Coral 80, Riverdale 51: Nicole Rodriguez posted a double-double, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks for the Seahawks. Kayla Rodriguez added 17 points and 8 steals, while Alex Reuss posted 10 points and 7 assists.
Golden Gate 43, Lely 27: Mikayla Jaramillo led with 11 points and Trina Jean added 10 for the Titans.
Barron Collier 76, Immokalee 14: The Cougars got back in the win column Thursday night as Deydra Ramos lead all scorers with 18 points. Maddie Richart had 13, while Jasmin Harris and Regan Means each had 11.
Lehigh 49, Gateway High 34: Faith Plummer notched 16 points, while Sanaa Geter added 13 points for the Lightning.
Canterbury 50, North Fort Myers 13: Kaya Langford led all scorers in the game with 23 points, while Ellie Miller had nine points and six steals for the Cougars (2-1).
Golden Gate 43, Lely 27: Mikayla Jaramillo led the Titans with 11 points while Trina Jean added 10.
Seacrest Country Day 42, LaBelle 41: The Stingrays squeezed past the Cowgirls thanks to an impressive performance by Ty’Nazia Smith. Smith finished with 18 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals.
Mariner 41, Ida Baker 38: Senior guard Charly Cotugno led the Tritons with 14 points followed by junior guard Ashley Retiz with 13 points, six rebounds and nine steals.
Mariner 79, Ida Baker 52: No stats provided
North Fort Myers 8, Cypress Lake 0: The Red Knights got back to their winning ways after a draw with Cape Coral on Tuesday, picking up an 8-0 win over the Panthers.
Trish Lopez netted her first hat trick in high school, leading the Red Knights. FAU signee Michelle Horan had a pair of goals and an assist, while Sophia Lara, Aubrey Beougher, and Lexi Neumann scored their first goals in high school.
Sophia Kerns would lead the way with two assists, while Lara and Beougher each had one. Aliyah Morgan notched her third shutout of the season.
ECS 6, St. John Neumann 3: Claire Valentine led the way with two goals and an assist, while Taylor Foss added two additional goals. Elyse Ranck added a goal and two assists, while Tahlia Sylva also scored.
Cape Coral 1, Riverdale 0: The Seahawks got a game-winning header from Cameron Fallacara, which came from Katy Henry.
Gateway High 5, Lehigh 0: The Eagles (1-4-2) picked up their first win as a varsity program, downing the Lightning 5-0. Julia Fernandes netted a hat trick and added an assist, while Breona Ruark and Aubree Hooper each scored one goal.
Barron Collier 8, CSN 0: Ashlyn Freshwater and Lola Schaa led the charge, netting three and two goals, respectively. Delfina Morales, Julia Frostino, and Maddie Connaway all scored once. Freshwater, Schaa, Ella Acker, and Alina Zankevich all had an assist for Barron.
LaBelle 8, Clewiston 0: Reese Oliver netted a hat trick to lead the Cowgirls Wednesday night, while Gracelyn Hyde had a pair. Alexis Camacho, Adilay Santamaria, and Hanna Stanford score one apiece.
FBA 6, Seacrest Country Day 0: The Lions picked up their second straight win after an impressive offensive performance against the Stingrays. Seacrest goalkeeper Carole Ann Hussey had 27 saves in the loss.
Fort Myers 7, Bonita Springs 1: Sammy Deagan was the player of the game as the Greenies routed the Bull Sharks.
Gulf Coast 4, Palmetto Ridge 0: The Sharks looked dominant in their win over the Bears as Marcello Maffei, Lee Rooney, Manny Pacheco, and Shagga McHenry found the back of the net on the road. Philip Hajjar led the way with two assists, while Wesley Podos and Glenn Maldonado had one. Henry Lewis and Leo Adranga split the shutout in net.
Golden Gate 7, Lely 1: The Titans made a statement in the rivalry game, as Kevin Perez netted five goals in the game. Golden Gate (5-0-0) built a 3-1 lead at the half before tacking on four more goals in the final 40 minutes.
Barron Collier 1, Immokalee 0: The Cougars have put it together this week, taking down their second ranked opponent in Immokalee.
Grant Goduti drove a well-placed ball past Immokalee keeper Julian Saldana to give Barron a lead they would never give up.
"I am extremely proud of the entire team and the incredible effort they put in all the way to the final whistle," Barron Collier coach John Damasco said.
After making the most of that opportunity, the Cougars defense was able to stand tough and keep Immokalee from scoring the equalizer. Goduti was assisted by Oscar LaOrden on the shot.
Lehigh 5, Gateway High 2: The Lightning trailed 2-0 at halftime, but Matteo Ibarra-Lewis netted four goals and Pierre Jean-Phillippe added another to score five unanswered over the Eagles.
Naples 2, Belen Jesuit 1: The Golden Eagles stunned the state champion Wolverines, as Giovanni Ramos and Harvey Sarajian netted goals in the first half.
CSN 4, Marco Island 0: The Seahawks (1-3-1) got their first win of the season Wednesday night, with David Galotto, Charlie Davis, Axel Dickson, and Paul Ranta each netting one goal.
LaBelle 7, Seacrest Country Day 0: Goalkeeper Garrett Eisenhuth had 32 saves for the Stingrays in the loss against the Cowboys.
ECS 2, St. John Neumann 2: Bryce Craddock and Nico Fleming scored for the Sentinels.
Mariner 57, Cypress Lake 24
106: Tyler Scott (M) win by forfeit; 113: Maximus Brady (M) pinned Mason Fox, 1:01;
120: Eric Crutchley (M) pinned Jordan Perera, 0:57; 126: Buddy Bishop (M) dec. Solomon Lucas, 11-6;
132: Luis Oliva (M) won by forfeit; 138: Christopher Minto pinned Jesse Howard, 0:34; 145: Chase Bender (M) won by forfeit; 152: Clark Daley (M) pinned Anthony Cardenas, 3:22; 160: Isaiah Castro (M) pinned William English, 1:33; 170: Caden Jakacki pinned Raul Hosking, 1:15; 182: Caleb Brown (CL) won by forfeit; 195: Tyrone Livingstone (CL) pinned Chaos Sanchez, 1:11; 220: Lucius Slobodzian pinned John Arambasich, 0:29; 285: Adam Larochelle (CL) pinned Alfonso Valdes, 2:58.
Cypress Lake 54, Mariner 0
100: Marianne Allan (CL) win by forfeit; 115: Zoe Lucken (CL) win by forfeit; 120: Valerie Frabel (CL) win by forfeit; 125: Annabelle Mehrhoff (CL) win by forfeit; 130: Natalie Frabel (CL) win by forfeit; 135: Aubrey Lehman (CL) win by forfeit; 155: Valeria Hoyos (CL) win by forfeit; 190: Kendy Sierra (CL) pinned Aikaterini Korelidou (M), 0:35; 235: Monica Reyes (CL) win by forfeit.
This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: HS Roundup: Golden Gate boys throttle Lely; ECS girls win over Neumann