Even in their basketball season opener Tuesday night, very far, far away from the peak of performances, the Ida Baker girls dominated the Mariner Tritons
A full-court press frustrated the Tritons into committing 20 turnovers in the first half alone. The Bulldogs scored the game's first 29 points on the way to a 49-7 victory 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 on offense in the early going, plus converted a number of contested layups following Mariner turnovers. The Tritons did not score their first point until 3:12 to go in the second quarter on a basket by Allysa Dodson and trailed 36-3 at halftime.
Briggs called off the Bulldogs, so to speak, with a running clock coming into play 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 easy 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 Tuesday 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 Tuesday 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 Coast 8 8 5 18 - 39
Cypress Lake 5 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.
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 Tuesday night 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 Tuesday.
Justin Kuchle and Patrick Kibler each added one goal and Kibler had three assists. Austin Turner contributed a pair of assists with 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 a tie and lifted Palmetto Ridge to victory at Ida Baker Tuesday night.
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. Goalkeeper Rush Manterola made 15 saves.
The Bulldogs (1-1-1) host Barron Collier Thursday night.
North Fort Myers 6, Lemon Bay 0: Darian Leschewski's four goals led North Fort Myers to victory at Lemon Bay Tuesday.
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 Tuesday night over Island Coast.
Holly Fritz scored three goals and assisted on four others scored by a combination of 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 secure 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 Tuesday.
Victoria Irvin, just joining the Bulldogs after 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."
Class 3A Championship: Evangelical Christian came up short in a 3-1 loss to three-time defending state champion Orlando First Academy in Wednesday's state final match in Kissimmee.
The Sentinels lost the match 25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20.