ST. AUGUSTINE 0
The Falcons celebrated Allie McMandon, Isa Damus, Maddy Klein, Alix McKee, Lauren Kelly, Aubrey Litzinger, Alexis Mackey, Pooja Mehta and Emma Voigt for senior night on Friday. The class of 2018 completed its regular season in grand style, beating rivals St. Augustine 8-0.
Voigt, a UNF commitment, has missed the entire season with a knee injury. Friday, she received the opening kickoff, took a few touches and knocked the ball out of play so she could be substituted.
“This year has been the hardest year ever,” Voigt said. “It was the best feeling to get to take part in the best night of the season. It was special.”
Many of the Falcons have played together for years and the symphonic play they displayed against the Yellow Jackets (6-11-1) was evidence of that.
The score would have been worse, had St. Augustine’s senior goalkeeper Sam Ryan not made a series of stellar saves to deny the home team.
McKee scored the opener late in the first half. Kelly provided a second just before halftime. In the second 40 minutes the Falcons poured it on. McMandon scored a hat trick to give her a county-best 26 goals during the regular season. Morgan Schooley scored a goal — after assisting three others earlier in the contest. McKee added a second and Shelby Brim also scored. Few people were more excited to find the back of the net than senior Maddy Klein.
“That was my one wish on senior night,” Klein said. “That was my second goal of my life because I’m always on defense.”
Klein’s first was against Palatka on Nov. 20. Menendez (10-6) will host Palatka on Monday night in the District 4-3A quarterfinals. Should the Falcons win, they would play the winner of Clay and Orange Park at home on Wednesday night with a playoff berth on the line.
“I didn’t think I would get upset or emotional,” McMandon said. “When they read things off (during senior night introductions), it hit me that it’s my last year and my last chance. After last year, we realized we have to go farther and harder.”
BARTRAM TRAIL 54
CREEKSIDE (OT) 49
Xavier Hutchinson scored nine of 16 points in overtime to lead Bartram Trail over neighboring rival host Creekside on Friday. Darrius Garner and Tim Plish added 11 points apiece for the Bears (11-5, 4-2 District 8-4A). DJ Dumas led the Knights (15-3, 4-1) with 11 points. Noah Lippy scored 10.
Noah Bishop and Davis Ball scored nine points apiece for Nease (6-12), which dropped its third straight game in a loss to Bolles (15-4) at home Friday. Bolles led 17-16 at the half but pulled away in the second half.
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Luca Stauble scored 12 points in a road loss to District 3-7A leader Englewood. Colin Robins added nine points for the Yellow Jackets. Darius Bryant led the Rams with 16 points.
ST. JOSEPH 72
ST. JOHNS COUNTRY DAY 20
Freshman Jessamy Gaetanos matched her career high with 23 points, while senior Fabian Dejuk scored a career-high 21 points as St. Joseph advanced to the North Florida Conference tournament championship game at Gainesville St. Francis. The Flashes (9-5) will meet Monticello Aucilla Christian at 3 p.m. today. St. Joseph beat Aucilla 55-39 at home two weeks ago. Kayla Mansell added 10 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and five assists for St. Joseph Friday. The Flashes forced 33 St. Johns turnovers.
PONTE VEDRA 66
Channing Chappell scored 17 points with four 3-pointers and Ponte Vedra finished its District 5-6A schedule with an undefeated record to clinch the No. 1 seed in next month’s tournament. Jackie Wagner added 13 points for the Sharks (15-3, 8-0), while Tess Tibbits scored 12 points, hitting 3 of 3 from long-range. The Pirates fell to 5-11, 0-8. Ponte Vedra hosts Terry Parkeron Tuesday while Matanzas will travel to Fletcher on Jan. 26.
Englewood remained undefeated in District 3-7A with a home win over Nease. Aaron Cochran scored eight points for Nease (3-4 in the district), While Darian Witherspoon added seven. Na’itlalian Ealey led Englewood (14-3, 7-0) with 11 points.