FLAGLER COLLEGE 75
FRANCIS MARION 70
FLORENCE, S.C. | Vaughn McCall tied his career-high with 30 points and Flagler College won its third straight game Saturday, fending off a late Francis Marion rally.
Austin Howard added 14 points, while Jeffercy Jean had 10 points six rebounds and four assists for the Saints (7-8, 4-7 in the Peach Belt Conference).
Detrek Browning’s 3-pointer with 1:27 left to go in the game gave Francis Marion (10-6, 5-6) a 70-68 lead. However, Flagler closed the game with a 7-0 run, as McCall hit a 3-pointer and four free throws. The Saints held the Patriots to 16.7 percent (3 for 18) from 3-point range. The Patriots came into the game averaging about eight 3-pointers per game. Flagler also outrebounded Francis Marion 45-33.
FLAGLER COLLEGE 61
FRANCIS MARION 49
FLORENCE, S.C. | Flagler College’s Tiffany Hodge and Tabitha Odabe were a formidable 1-2 punch, combining for 24 points and 28 rebounds in a win over Francis Marion.
Hodge had 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Odabe added 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Saints (11-4), who took over sole possession of second place in the Peach Belt Conference with a 9-2 record. Francis Marion fell to 11-5, 8-3.
“Tiffany and Tabitha had monster games inside, both offensively and defensively,” Flagler coach Erika Lang-Montgomery said. “Games on the road are never comfortable, but we were able to win all four quarters, and I think that’s the first time we did that since our first game.”
Bri Roberts added 12 and six rebounds for the Saints, while Tatiyana Rock contributed 10 points off the bench. The Saints outrebounded the Patriots 49-29 and held a 40-16 advantage in points in the paint.
“Defensively we were very good today,” Lang-Montgomery said. “I can’t remember the last time we held a team to 49 points.”
Flagler visits Columbus State on Wednesday.
ST. JOSEPH TEAMS SWEEP
The St. Joseph boys and girls teams both won North Florida Conference tournament championships in Gainesville. The St. Joseph boys defeated Monticello Aucilla Christian 56-42, while the girls beat Aucilla 57-43.
In the boys game, the Flashes (11-7) outscored Aucilla 38-24 in the second half. They hit 17 of 24 free-throw attempts down the stretch. All-tournament selection Luke Magri scored 18 points, while Dylan Rydell and Scottie Dishmon added 10 points apiece.
In the girls game, tournament MVP Kayla Mansell led the Flashes (10-5) with 18 points, five rebounds and four steals. Fabiana DeJuk and Jessamy Gaetanos scored 13 points apiece and Marie Munar added 11.
BEACON OF HOPE 57
Marcus Wiley scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Beacon of Hope. Ka’Shon Bell added 12 points and Michael Kelly had nine points and nine rebounds for the Eagles, which fell to 2-16.
CREEKSIDE FALLS IN DUALS SEMIS
KISSIMMEE | Creekside was derailed in the semifinal round at the Class 2A state duals wrestling championships Saturday at Osceola High, falling to Lakeland Lake Gibson, 57-17.
“We told the kids before they came down here, they’ve got a choice. They can either be a part of history or make it,” said Knights coach Rick Marabell.“We made it to the final four. We got the Saturday weigh-in. It’s a honor to come down here.”
Jacob Cooney (152) and Saul Storey (285) had pins for the Knights, with Brandon Dickman (182) winning via technical fall.