JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It’s on to the third round for six area girls high school basketball teams.
Top-seeds Orange Park (1-5A) and Bishop Kenny (1-4A) thundered in to the third round with double-digit wins over their opponents, while St. Augustine and Nease set up a blockbuster third meeting of the season with big-time playoff wins on the road.
Providence (1-3A) and University Christian (1-2A) moved on, too, giving the area representatives in five classifications.
In Region 1-6A, Nease won its second straight game with a 52-48 victory over second-seeded Navarre. St. Augustine edged Fort Walton Beach 43-37 to earn a trilogy game against the Panthers in Friday’s regional final. The Yellow Jackets (23-1) have beaten Nease twice.
OP topped Tallahassee Rickards, 69-59, and the Crusaders pummeled South Walton, 70-33 to romp into regional finals at home Friday.
Providence knocked off Episcopal 40-30 in an all-local second-round game to advance to a clash at top-seeded Florida High.
In Region 1-2A, St. Johns Country Day saw its quest for a deep playoff push denied in a 53-45 loss to top-seeded Florida A&M. UC crushed Quincy Munroe, 58-18, to get a shot at the Rattlers.
Oakleaf came up short in Region 1-7A in a 44-36 loss to Orlando Colonial, and Rutherford denied Jackson in 1-4A with a 62-51 win.
(1) Colonial 44, (4) Oakleaf 36
(5) St. Augustine 43, (1) Fort Walton Beach 37
(6) Nease 52, (2) Navarre 48
ELITE 8 HERE WE COME!!!! So proud of how we battled tonight. Fought until the very end when it mattered most. Onto the next round💪🏼💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/XdlOuphN1h— Sydney Gomes (@Sydneygomes42) February 16, 2022
(1) Orange Park 69, (5) Tallahassee Rickards 59
(1) Bishop Kenny 70, (5) South Walton 33
(2) Rutherford 62, (6) Jackson 51
(3) Providence 40, (7) Episcopal 30
PG/SG C/O 2023 Providence School & Hoop Dreams Elite 2023 3SSB. We’re on to the ELITE 8!!! Next game Friday! @1on1YourShotOn1 @PGHFlorida @CoachPatrece @DuvalSports @CFreemanJAX @JustinBarneyTV @underscouted @hunterkeithl @GigiBistrow @HoopDreams_FL pic.twitter.com/VpM6lyR0jk— Ella Ortman (@ella_ortman) February 16, 2022
(1) Florida A&M 53, (5) St. Johns Country Day 45
(2) University Christian 58, (3) Quincy Munroe 18
Friday’s games, all at 7 p.m.
(6) Nease (24-4) at (5) St. Augustine (23-1)
(2) Pensacola Pine Forest (16-7) at (1) Orange Park (24-5)
(2) Rutherford (24-3) at (1) Bishop Kenny (24-4)
(3) Providence (20-5) at (1) Florida State University High (19-3)
(2) University Christian (17-11) at (1) Florida A&M (15-3)