Sports notebook: Sharks, Lady Lions stay unbeaten

Photography by Cheryl Clanton

For the Nature Coast boys basketball team, and the Hernando Christian Academy girls, it has been a happy holiday season indeed. Both are sporting perfect slates as they near the halfway point of their seasons.
The Sharks (7-0) dusted two Class 6A, District 7 opponents this past week, knocking off Lecanto on Tuesday, 76-28, and Hernando on Friday, 72-33. That moved their record to 6-0 within the district.
As for HCA’s girls (12-0 overall, 5-0 2A-4), they cruised to wins over Ocala-Meadowbrook on Monday, 46-10, and Tampa-Citrus Park Christian on Tuesday, 59-17.
The intensity was raised on Thursday night, in a meeting with district-rival Seven Rivers Christian. The host Lady Lions went up early and held on for a 41-37 victory. Cayla Phillips and Milly Jackson scored 13 points apiece, while Shyann McElwain posted 10 points and nine rebounds. Jackson also had six steals.
Weeki Wachee’s girls had a solid week, beating Citrus on Tuesday, 52-39, and Central on Friday, 50-34. The Lady Hornets now sit at 10-4 overall, 5-2 in 6A-7.
Nature Coast's Kayla Langley dribbles through the defense of Hernando's Ali Bronson, left, and Karli Kimbrough. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Hernando (6-3 overall, 3-2 6A-7) lost to Central to Tuesday, 46-43, but responded with a win over South Sumter on Thursday, 54-39, and before taking on Nature Coast on Friday. Ali Bronson had 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in the game against the Lady Raiders, while Nakayla Roberts chipped in 14 points, six rebounds and two steals.
Hernando's Nakayla Roberts goes up for a layup as Nature Coast's Angelis Diaz trails her on the play. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

Springstead’s boys won their only game of the week, 45-35 over Weeki Wachee on Monday. Johnny Parker led the Eagles (5-3) with 12 points, while Jeffery Cotnoir added 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Ian Hornung scored 19 for the Hornets.
On the soccer pitch, the Nature Coast boys went 2-0-1. The Sharks defeated Citrus on Monday, 5-3, behind two goals by Hunter Reid. They followed with a 0-0 tie against district-leading Pasco on Wednesday and finished with a 3-0 triumph over Springstead on Friday.
The Eagles (10-6-2 overall, 7-2-1 3A-7) had been riding a three-game winning streak coming into that contest, including 6-1 over Hernando on Monday and 1-0 over Wesley Chapel on Wednesday.
Weeki Wachee (6-3-4 overall, 6-2-4 3A-7) lost 2-1 to Pasco on Monday and stunningly only tied Hernando, 2-2 on Wednesday. The Hornets stomped Zephyrhills on Friday, 8-0, with Bailey Hypes notching four goals and two assists. Matthew Armstrong scored twice, and Maikol Santana tallied three assists.
In girls soccer, Weeki Wachee (7-9-1 overall, 5-7 3A-7) rebounded from a 3-1 loss to Pasco on Monday by topping Hernando on Wednesday, 6-2, and Zephyrhills on Friday, 8-0. Reilley Bain scored three goals and Lauren Mullen had four assists versus the Lady Leopards, while Marleen Ohr had four goals and Barns a goal plus three assists against the Lady Bulldogs.
Springstead (7-9 overall, 7-5 3A-7) bested Hernando on Monday, 7-0, and Nature Coast on Friday, 3-1, bookending a 6-1 loss to Wesley Chapel on Wednesday.
The Weeki Wachee wrestling team went 6-2 at the Longhorn Duals at Harmony this weekend.
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