Unfortunately, the results have not lived up to pre-game billing.
One of the most anticipated matchups was the defending Class 6A State Champion Lake Mary girls playing their first game of 2007 against a Seminole team that has played very well at times this season.
The game also marked the season debut for Rams standout junior Jordan Coleman, an All-State First-Teamer and Most Outstanding Player in the Class 6A State Tournament last spring, who had missed the first half of the season after breaking her leg in an AAU Tournament late in the summer.
The game started out close, with Lake Mary leading the hosts just 12-7 after one quarter at Bill Fleming Memorial Gymnasium Thursday night.
But with Coleman taking the court for the first time that obviously gave her team a lift, the Rams started to pull away from the Fighting Seminoles, building a 29-14 lead at intermission and then outscoring the Tribe 16-4 in the third quarter to take a 27 points lead, 45-18, into the final eight minutes.
The final score was Lake Mary 58, Seminole 34.
The smallest player on the court, 5-foot point guard Krystle Remigio, led the Rams with 16 points. Tranecia Jackson led the Fighting Seminoles with 14 points.
Lake Mary Prep (9-10) and The Master’s Academy (15-1) also romped to easy victories, the Griffins whipping the Community School, 46-13, with Toni Pratsch scoring 20 points and the Eagles thumping Orlando Lutheran, 43-6, with Kelly Frisz recording 14 points and six steals.
Crooms was on the other end of the score, dropping a 62-24 decision to Jones despite 10 points by the Panthers’ Tabitha Bell, as was Trinity Prep (7-8), which fell to powerful Lake Highland Prep (12-3), 39-21, with Leo Montalvo scoring eight points for the Saints.
There actually were a few close games on the girls’ side on Thursday as Lake Brantley (8-7) held off Winter Springs (9-7), 58-50, with Ashley Kroker scoring 19 for the Patriots; Oviedo (11-8) edging Lyman (2-13), 41-35, with Kacie Parker scoring 10 points and Lauren Brewer adding six points and nine rebounds for the Lions; and Orangewood Christian (4-5) nipping Temple Christian (3-10), 26-23, with Ria Varnell scoring 11 points and pulling down 18 rebounds.
It was the second time that Winter Springs and Lake Brantley has played as on Tuesday the Bears eked past the Patriots, 43-41, with Angel Demps scoring 24 points for the winner’s and Kroker 17 for the Pats.
In other girls games on Wednesday, Lake Howell (10-6) topped Oviedo, 64-49, and University (5-9) clobbered Hagerty (2-5), 60-20.
Ashley Jones had 22 points, Deanna Walker 14 points and Ruthie King, 10 points and eight rebounds for the Silver Hawks; Parker had 13 points and Amanda Hearsey 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lions; and Jacklyn Maldanado eight points for the Huskies.
If not for Trinity Prep (8-4) tripping New Dimensions, 59-51, there would not have been a close boys’ game on Thursday. Adam Brill and Rahim Shivji scored 12 points each to lead four Saints into double figures.
Class 1A No. 1 ranked Lake Mary Prep (12-0) crushed Community School, 80-23, with Bryan Benefiel and Billy Pratsch scoring 15 points each.
Class 5A No. 1 Lake Howell (10-2) rolled over Crooms, 77-35, and there was history of sorts made as the Silver Hawks had someone other than one of the ‘Three Amigos’ lead them in scoring as Brett Chance led the way with 19 points. Tim Mincey dropped in 11 for the Panthers.
The Master’s Academy (6-7) also claimed a big win, rolling over Orlando Lutheran, 60-31, with Mike McCloskey scoring 19 and Austin Keel 15.
Orangewood Christian (8-3) got trod on by Boone (5-6), 56-38, in the first round of the Midnight Invitational at Pine Castle Christian. Ryan Stephens led the Rams with 16.
In boys’ games earlier in the week, Winter Springs (10-3) stayed hot, winning a pair of games over The First Academy (8-6), 59-42, and Seminole, 76-57. Lorne Merthie led the way in both games, scoring 14 against the Royals and 29 against Arrow Force XV. Landry Nelson added 11 for the Bears against Seminole, while Mylar Neal led AFXV with 10.
Two other hot teams remained so as Lake Brantley (11-2) clipped Lyman (6-6), 66-55, and Oviedo (9-6) took down Lake Mary (5-7), 67-44.
Greg Larson had 16 points and D.J. Hicks 15 for the Patriots, while Chris Watson had a game-high 24 for the Greyhounds and Jason Guerrier followed up his MVP performance at the Great Florida Shootout with 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Lions with Jose Davila adding 11 points and seven assists and Jordan Gaudreau leading the Rams with 11 points.
Two others suffered tough losses as Crooms fell to Jones (5-6), 57-50, despite 17 points by the Panthers’ Demetrius Miller, and Harmony (9-7) outscored Hagerty (6-8), 100-97 in overtime, with Brett Williams netting a County-high 50 points for the Huskies.