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Baker season ends in 2-1 defeat

January 24, 2014
By JIM LINETTE ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

An unbeaten season ended on a sour note Thursday night for the Ida Baker Bulldogs in the girls' regional quarterfinal round of the state Class 3A playoffs.

Worse yet, the Bulldogs' first defeat of the season happened on their home field as Naples claimed a stunning 2-1 victory. The Eagles had help.

"We were robbed," said Bulldogs coach Chris Vianest. "Naples played a great game. You can't take that away from them, but they didn't play as solid a game as we did. We outshot them by a 4-to-1 margin. Their goalkeeper kept them in the game and made some key saves. With the officiating tonight, I'm shocked girls did not get hurt tonight."

Naples led 1-0 at halftime and 2-0 in the second half before Baker's Marcella Montoya found the net to cut the deficit to the final 2-1 margin. Angela Christiano had four saves in the Bulldogs' only defeat in 26 games this season.

While the Bulldogs retire from the playoffs, Naples advances to the Region 3A-4 semifinal round on Tuesday against Estero.

Estero 4, North Fort Myers 3 (PK): North Fort Myers lost a 2-0 lead, battled back to force overtime and saw its season come to an end in a penalty kick shootout 5-4 Thursday night in the regional quarterfinals at Estero.

Darian Leschewski scored all three of the Red Knights' goals in regulation assuring their third straight overtime decision.

The Knights finish the season 16-7 while Estero advances to face Naples in the regional semifinals.

Bishop Verot 6, DeSoto County 0: Kelly Reynolds knocked in three goals and Maddie Sarnac two in leading Bishop Verot to victory Thursday night in the Region 2A-3 quarterfinals.

Rebecca Abernethy came though with one goal and one assist. Reilly McAloose added two assists and Sarnac had one. Goalkeepers Kenzie Frye and Yvonne Wojtas split duty in front of the net and neither made a save.

The Vikings (18-3-3) travel to Cardinal Mooney, which shut out Oasis 5-0, for the regional semifinal round.

Boys Basketball

Mariner 65, Fort Myers 61 (OT): Chris Carpenter and Rodney Hunter came up big when Mariner needed it most late in Thursday's overtime victory at Fort Myers.

Carpenter, who finished with 13 points, hit a big three-pointer that tied the game late in the fourth quarter helping send it to overtime. Hunter, with a game-high 27 points, had five of the Tritons' 10 points in OT to finish off the win.

"We kind of wore them down," said Tritons coach James Harris. "We played good defense and it was a good win for us not just because it was Fort Myers, but because of the way we played team basketball."

The Tritons led 26-18 at halftime and had leads of 10 and 12 points before the Green Wave went on a run to finally take the lead in the fourth quarter. Three Wave players fouled out of the game as well.

The Tritons had four players score in double figures. Kaleb Darrett contributed 11 points and Devin Deems 10 in addition to Hunter and Carpenter's contributions.

The Tritons (15-6) host Cypress Lake Friday night.

Girls Basketball

Oasis 49, Gateway Charter 44: Jordan Westendorf led Oasis to victory with 19 points with Samantha Wood adding 14 Thursday night in their final district game of the season.

The Sharks (11-10, 4-2 district) host Seacrest on Friday in their last regular season contest before the start of the district tournament next week.



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