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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014
Preps

Girls basketball: State semifinals


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WHERE: The Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime St., Lakeland

ADMISSION: $10 per session

PARKING: $8 per day

Class 3A

Calvary Christian (24-4) vs. Seffner Christian (25-5)

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

NEED TO KNOW: Calvary Christian is making its second consecutive and second overall state tournament appearance. The Warriors lost to eventual 3A state champion Daytona Beach Father Lopez in last year’s state semifinal. Sophomore Savannah Plentovich leads Calvary Christian, the No.5-ranked team in the 3A state poll, with 17.4 points per game while twin sister Carley Plentovich adds 13.6 points per game. Seffner Christian, the No.3 ranked team in 3A, is making its third state tournament appearance in four years and is seeking its first state title. Junior forward and Division I prospect Peyton Walker leads the Crusaders with 19.8 points, 9.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Sabrina Whiting, who will play at Embry-Riddle in the fall, adds 16.3 points per game and is the program’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,000 points scored. Seffner Christian defeated Calvary Christian during the regular season, 67-62.

Class 2A

Academy at the Lakes (23-5) vs. Sarasota Christian (22-7)

WHEN: 10 a.m. Tuesday

NEED TO KNOW: Academy at the Lakes makes its third trip to the state semifinals. Academy at the Lakes is a very young team. Freshman Imani Thomas is averaging 16.2 points per game and 11.1 rebounds. The eighth-grade backcourt of Taylor Polasky (10.3 ppg) and Audra Liepold (17.5 ppg) has been one of the best in the Tampa Bay area, as the two nearly account for 30 points a contest. Complementing the three are sophomore guards Luz Santiago (6.1 ppg) and Janise Cassanello (4.4 rpg). Heidi Miller is Sarasota Christian’s top 3-point shooter and will need to be kept in check if Academy at the Lakes plans to move onto Thursday’s state championship game.

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