First-year Fort Myers High School girls basketball coach Ron Riis, an English and drama teacher, had no drama with which to deal Friday night.
Fort Myers won the District 6A-13 championship by defeating the Ida Baker Bulldogs 63-40 in Baker’s gymnasium.
The Green Wave will play host to Gulf Coast at 7 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the state playoffs after leading the Bulldogs by as many as 30 points.
“I told them, if you play your game, no one is going to beat you,” Riis said of his players.
Fort Myers sophomore point guard Jazzmyn Simmons scored 11 points while also distributing the ball to her teammates.
Junior forward Jordan Lentz finished with 14 points, junior forward Lauren Gillingham 12, senior Stephanie Gemme nine and sophomore Fallon Layport seven.
Ida Baker senior forward Brittney Benvie and junior guard Jessey Placher each scored 12 points for the Bulldogs, while senior forward Ali Nicloy finished with seven.
Fort Myers improved to 21-7. Baker will enter the postseason with a 14-11 record, playing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barron Collier.
Barron Collier defeated Gulf Coast 44-42 on Friday for the District 6A-14 title.
“Lentz, she’s a monster down low,” first-year Baker coach James Sparkman said. “She made us one-dimensional.”
Gillingham said Lentz also passes well out of the post, which enables the rest of the team to thrive.
“We’re really close off the court, and that moves onto the court,” Gillingham said.
Said Simmons: “We played hard the whole game. When you play your hardest, you win. It’s the best feeling in the world.”