There are several local girls basketball teams playing in the regional semifinals Tuesday night.
P.K. Yonge (21-6) is traveling to take on Father Lopez (25-5) in Daytona Beach. The Blue Wave have won two state title games in the past three years, including last year’s 3A crown. P.K. rallied from 18 points down to beat Father Lopez 57-50 last year. Blue Wave head coach Willie Powers said that his team has been more focused in practice.
If P.K. Yonge wins, they would host Tallahassee Maclay or Jacksonville University Christian in Saturdays regional finals.
In other action, the Newberry Panthers (20-6) are hosting Crescent City (8-9) in the Class 1A, Region 4 semifinal. The Panthers lost to Ponce De Leon 55-52 in the State Championship game last year. Panthers head coach Ray Parish said that the team’s experience has benefited this year.
The games winner will travel to Orlando Edgewater or Palm Bay Heritage on Saturday.
The Gainesville High School Purple Hurricanes (25-1) will be looking for their second straight regional berth when they host the Leesburg Yellow Jackets (20-7). This will be the fourth meeting between the Hurricanes and the Yellow Jackets. The last time they met was in the District 5 tournament final, where Gainesville won in overtime 57-51. Hurricanes head coach David Gordon talked about Leesburg’s strong points.
The game’s winner will travel to Orlando Edgewater or Palm Bay Heritage on Saturday.
The Hawthorne Hornets (16-9) are traveling to Hamilton County (15-5). The Hornets are in their first playoff berth since 2011 and are hoping for their first postseason win since 2007. The Hornets are led by senior Mariah Carter, who is averaging 16.7 points and 12.8 rebounds a game. Hawthorne head coach Bary Hutchinson talked about his teams key players.
The winner will travel to Hillard or Branford.
The Buchholz Bobcats (24-4) are traveling to Orange Park to face the Fleming Island Golden Eagles (25-5). Buchholz is in its seventh straight regional semifinal and hopes to advance to its sixth straight regional final. If Buchholz wins, they will host Orlando Evans or travel to Viera.
The Eastside Rams (13-11) are traveling to St. Johns Bartram Trail (20-7). It’s been seven years since the Rams have made it to the regional finals and eight years since they reached the final four. If Eastside wins, they’ll travel to New Port Richey to take on Gulf or head to Dade City to play Pasco.
In other regional semifinals tonight, Bradford (17-9) is at Ocala Trinity Catholic (25-2) and Hillard (21-4) is hosting Branford (15-5).
All of the games start at 7 p.m.