Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Panthers Sprint Past Gators | Bradenton Christian Routs Everglades City to Advance

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Panthers Sprint Past Gators | Bradenton Christian Routs Everglades City to Advance

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GIRLS BASKETBALL CLASS 3A-REGION 2

BRADENTON -- The Everglades City Lady Gators got off the bus and were greeted by a packed house of Bradenton Christian fans, an energetic pep band and a 26-1 basketball team.

Needless to say, the odds were stacked against the district runner-up visitors with a humble 5-15 record.

The district champion Panthers didn't disappoint as they rolled to 62-18 victory in a Class 3A-Region 6 quarterfinal game.

BCS will play at Naples First Baptist, which beat Saint Stephen's 48-39 on Thursday, next Tuesday at 7 p.m.

BCS led by 15-4 at the end of the first quarter and built the lead to 29-10 at halftime. The Panthers found their groove in the third quarter, outscoring Everglades City, 18-6.

"We were a little slow to get our offense up and running," BCS coach Janelle Hochstetler said. …

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