The Heritage High girls basketball team jumped out to a nine-point lead and never looked back against Eau Gallie in a Class 6A, District 7 semifinal.
Heritage got a big game from Latifah Fletcher, who had 15 points while Allison Douglass had 12 points and 16 rebounds. Teammate Jessica Doyle added nine points and seven rebounds in the win.
“We came out slow, real sluggish,” Heritage head coach Stephen Link said. “We hadn’t played in a week and just didn’t get the kind of start we would have liked.”
Heritage will face Melbourne in the district final on Friday. Melbourne defeated Palm Bay, 46-33, in the other semifinal.
The Bulldogs broke open a tight game, outscoring Palm Bay 30-16 in the second half.
“We just wore them down. Our big girls were eventually able to convert,” Melbourne High coach Rob Apsey said. “We tightened up our defense and ran their shooters off the line.”
Rebecca Campbell led the attack with 17 points in the game.
Class 4A, District 8
Astronaut rolled into Friday’s semifinals with a 51-36 win over Satellite.
Keona Cadore led the winners with 12 points, and Kali Campbell added 11.
“We hit some open shots,” War Eagles coach Cris Clarke said. “We got good looks and took the ball to the basket.”
Astronaut improved to 16-10.
In the first game of the day at Cocoa Beach, fifth-seeded Space Coast won its first district game with a 40-39 win over No. 4 Cocoa. The Vipers will meet No. 1 Cocoa Beach on Friday with a regional playoff spot on the line.
Class 3A, District 6
The Melbourne Central Catholic girls basketball team advanced in the Class 3A, District 6 tournament with a 48-23 victory over Holy Trinity.
Sarah Martinez led the Hustlers with 19 points, while teammate Ashley Baerlocher added 12 in the win.
Also in Vero Beach, Florida Air defeated John Carroll, 56-24, behind Avalnaryz Gomez’s 12 points. Florida Air outscored John Carroll 33-5 in the first half of the game.
“Our passing and team work worked really well together,” Florida Air coach Rachel Travis said.