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Prep Report: Baker girls cruise in hoops opener

November 16, 2011
By JIM LINETTE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The girls' basketball regular-season opening game at Ida Baker Tuesday night played out as polar opposites for both the Bulldogs and Mariner Tritons.

The Bulldogs scored the game's first 29 points en route to a 49-7 win over their crosstown rivals at The Pound.

"We did not look as good as I wanted," said new Bulldogs coach Jason Briggs. "We'll have to work on that in practice."

The Bulldogs used a lot of give-and-go and pick-and-roll plays in the early going, plus a number of contested layups following Mariner turnovers. The Tritons made 20 turnovers in the first half alone and did not score their first point until Allysa Dodson's basket with 3:12 to go in the second quarter.

Leading 36-3 at the half, Briggs called off the Bulldogs with a running clock for most of the second half.

Senior Alicia Emmons and sophomore Jessey Placher led the Bulldogs with 17 points apiece.

"They handle the ball the best for us," said Briggs. "They are our front two, so they get the turnovers and some eash baskets. That's very indicative of what we are about as a team."

The Bulldogs (1-0) next play at Charlotte while Mariner (0-1) hosts Naples Lely Thursday night.

Mariner 0 3 2 2 - 7

Ida Baker17 19 9 4 - 49

Mariner 7 - Metcalf 3, Dodson 2, Griffin 2. Totals: 2 3-5 7. 3PG: none.

Ida Baker 49 - West 2, A. Ross 1, Yanovich 3, Emmons 17, Placher 17, Del Negro 7, Benvie 2. Totals: 21 4-8 49. 3PG: Yanovich 1, Placher 1, Del Negro 1.

Cape Coral 77, East Lee County 27: Cape Coral made its regular season debut a successful one with a runaway victory over East Lee County at The Nest.

McKenna Beach topped the Seahawks with 23 points and seven assists with Crystal Townsend adding 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Radnisha Mark led the Jaguars with 12 points.

The Seahawks (1-0) play at Island Coast Thursday night.

East Lee 9 8 8 2 - 27

Cape Coral19 20 21 17 - 77

East Lee 27 - Mark 12, White 1, Love 8, Battle 4, Garcia 2. Totals: 4 4-13 27. 3PG: Mark 2, Love 2, Battle 1.

Cape Coral 77 - Beach 23, Williams 10, Griffin 13, Brice 4, Townsend 20, Smart 7. Totals: 25 15-24 77. 3PG: Griffin 3, Beach 1.

Island Coast 39, Cypress Lake 30: Senior Larresha Blackman connected for a team-high 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Island Coast to its first victory of the season at Cypress Lake.

Leanne Ellis, one of four freshman starters, contributed 15 points for the Gators (1-1), who host Cape Coral Thursday night.

Island Coast8 8 5 18 - 39

Cypress Lake5 6 6 13 - 30

Island Coast 39 - Fasano 3, Blackman 19, Ellis 15, Kuchman 2. Totals: 12 10-22 39. 3PG: Ellis 3.

Cypress Lake 30 - Rechis 22.

Boys Soccer

Cape Coral 3, South Fort Myers 0: Caio Amaral scored all three goals, including one unassisted, to lead Cape Coral to its first district victory at South Fort Myers.

Ben Feakins and Nathan Stone assisted Amaral on the second and third goals while Santi Villamil made seven saves in net to record his second shutout of the season.

The Seahawks (2-0, 1-0 district) host Island Coast Thursday.

Mariner 8, Island Coast 0: Tim Thomas scored four goals and Travis Pacheco added two to lead Mariner to victory over Island Coast.

Justin Kuchle and Patrick Kibler each added one goal and Kibler had three assists. Austin Turner contributed a pair of assists witn one each by Tyler Till, Josh Teeter and Lucas Orellana.

Jacob Olmstead and Alex Trujillo split goalkeeping duty with each making two saves. It is their fourth shutout of the season as the Tritons (3-0-1) have yet to allow a goal.

The Tritons host Cypress Lake Thursday night.

Palmetto Ridge 2, Ida Baker 1: A goal in the game's final minute of play broke the tie and lifted Palmetto Ridge to victory at Ida Baker.

Freshman Landon Day scored Baker's only goal of the night, tying the game 1-1 with about 15 minutes left in the second half. Goakeeper Rush Manterola made 15 saves.

The Bulldogs (1-1-1) host Barron Collier Thursday night.

Girls Soccer

North Fort Myers 6, Lemon Bay 0: Darian Leschewski's four goals led North Fort Myers to victory at Lemon Bay.

Alexa Scalzo contributed two goals and one assist while new goalkeeper Sydney Bowden made three saves in the second half to preserve the shutout in her first game.

The Red Knights (4-1) visit South Fort Myers Thursday.

Mariner 8, Island Coast 0: Mariner followed the lead of freshman Holly Fritz, who had a hand in seven of the Tritons' goals in a mercy-rule, shutout victory over Island Coast.

Holly Fritz scored three goals and assisted on four others scored by Megan Fritz, Nicole Romano, Alejandra Muro-Solis (two goals, two assists) and Heather Gillians.

Marisa Cardenas made one save in net to record the shutout and the fifth straight win for the Tritons. Gators keeper Sydni Brookhouser recorded 27 saves.

The Tritons (5-1-2) play at Cypress Lake Thursday.

Ida Baker 8, Palmetto Ridge 0: Seven different players scored goals as Ida Baker won at Palmetto Ridge.

Victoria Irvin, just joining the Bulldogs from cross country season, scored two goals with one apiece coming from Shannon Pear, Brittney Herrera, Brenna Hambsch, Franny Farella, Monique Elliott and Gabi Halnan.

Goalkeeper Amanda Kopale only made one save to record the shutout, the team's fourth in a row.

The Bulldogs (5-0-1) play at Barron Collier Thursday night.

"We're pretty banged up right now and we will miss seven players at a tournament in North Carolina," said Bulldogs coach Dave Trepkowski. "We'll go down there and not back down, so we'll see where our program is."



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