Fort Myers defeated Viera 49-40 with Fort Myers senior Jordan Lentz scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the Class 4A, Region 7 semifinals, the second round of the state playoffs.
“She played the game of her life,” said Fort Myers coach Ron Riis after his team improved to 26-4.
Viera finished 22-4.
“Jordan was just amazing to watch out there. She didn’t back down from those girls at all.”
Dee Anderson scored 14 points, while Rolanda Hayes added 11 for Viera.
“I had seen them play,” Riis said. “Those two girls, No. 23 (Hayes) and No. 32 (Anderson) were going to take this game. If they were going to win, it was going to go through them. So we had to stop them.”
A pair of Fort Myers freshmen played a big role in stopping them. In addition to their defensive prowess, Jarya Outten scored nine points, and Autumn Giles scored a team-high 14 points.
“They are studs,” Lentz said of her youngest teammates.
“I’m so happy that they came to our school. They are definitely proving themselves.”
Logan Sanger scored eight points for the Green Wave, and senior guard Lauren Gillingham finished with four points, two of which were on a give-and-go play with Lentz in the first quarter.
Gillingham said facing two high-caliber players helped bring out the best in her own team.
“They were our toughest opponent this season besides Dunbar,” Gillingham said.
In Titusville, Rockledge evened its series with the Terriers and earned a trip to the regional final, 44-35.
“We played together,” Raiders senior Loshaveon Jones said. “Using the game that we play, we just came together. I mean … sisterhood.”
The regional semifinal was an intense defensive battle and a tight game all the way through. At the half, it was tied at 20. Then, Rockledge took over on the boards.
“(We had to) box out and rebound,” Jones said. “That’s how they beat us earlier (in the season).”
Rockledge powered through in the second half thanks to a strong performance by Jones, who had 17 points.