Freshman Brianna Thomas Leads Spoto to a 36-24 Victory over Bartow (08)
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Lake Wales, Kathleen Set for Battle in District Semis

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 5:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 7:46 a.m.

KATHLEEN - Lake Wales and Kathleen fans get ready for round three. The Lake Wales Highlanders ruffled the feathers of the Ridge Community Bolts, 46-28, during the quarterfinals of the girls Class 4A,District 9 tournament Tuesday night giving coach Demetrius Summers another shotat the district rival Red Devils.


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Lake Wales player Kateshia Wright goes up for a shot as Ridge Community player Angela Johansson defends Tuesday, January 29, 2008 during 4A District 9 action at Kathleen High in Lakeland, Florida. Buy photo

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The last time they met, the Red Devils escaped with a one-point overtime victory, sweeping the regular season series.

Summers feels the rematch will be a toss-up.

"It depends on who shows up," he said. "All teams in the district are pretty much right there. The last time we played them they rebounded better.

The Highlanders (11-14) didn't have to worry about much against the Bolts (5-14).

After sticking with Lake Wales for the first quarter behind the strong playof Estefany Montero-Lugo, Ridge gradually faded against the superior speed and defense of the Highlanders.

Lake Wales opened up the second period with an 8-0 run and didn't look back as it continued to add to its lead throughout the remainder of the game.

The Highlanders were led by Kateisha Wright's 17 points and got another 10 fromDamoneshia Sanchious.

"We're just a little more athletic than they are," Sanders said.

Montero-Lugo finished with 16 in the Bolts' final game of the season.

In the earlier game, Lake Wales' heated rival Bartow fared far worse.

The Yellow Jackets were victimized by second-year Riverview Spoto, 36-24.

The Yellow Jackets were beaten to almost every rebound and gave up numerous second-chance baskets to the Spartans' Brianna Thomas and Ruth Freeman.

Thomas finished with a double-double, putting in 15 points and coming down with 11 rebounds, mostly off missed shots inside.

Freeman contributed 10 points as the Spartans overcame a 17-14 halftime deficit and cruised in the second half.

The Yellow Jackets were led by Chanelle Wilson's seven points.

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