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Bonita Springs tops Island Coast for first-ever girls basketball win

November 26, 2019
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Well, somebody had to be the first victim. Bonita Springs High School was going to win its first girls basketball game sooner or later.

It turned out to be Island Coast that was the first to fall to the Bull Sharks, dropping a 47-42 decision to the first-year Bonita Springs.

For Bull Sharks coach Courtney Sutton, it was history, and a scorebook that had become a trophy.

"It does go in the trophy case," a smiling Sutton said after the game.

Island Coast coach Brandon Bristow went to the locker room before having a chance to comment on Monday's result.

It's the first year for varsity sports at Bonita Springs, Lee County's newest high school.

By winning its first game, the girls basketball team outpaced the football team. On the field, the Bull Sharks lost all of their football games, but would get a win on paper when Oasis forfeited a win due to participation by an ineligible player.

The Bonita boys basketball team won't take the court for a varsity game until after Thanksgiving.

The Bull Sharks had been outscored 153-75 in losing their first three varsity games last week. Meanwhile, the Gators (1-2) were coming off a win last Friday against East Lee County.

Senior Emily Feliciano scored 25 points for the Gators, but the rest of the Island Coast team had a tough night offensively.

The Gators were 8-for-32 night at the free-throw line. Had Island Coast hit 50 percent from the foul line, it would have been enough to win.

Island Coast put on a valiant effort in the fourth quarter, using an intense full-court press to make the game close. While the Gators would cut a 15-point margin down to five in the final period, the deficit was just too large.

A Bonita team that had averaged 25 points a game put up 27 by halftime on Monday. Going into the fourth quarter, the Bull Sharks led 40-25.

"We have a pretty good team of shooters and ballhandlers," Sutton said. "They're pretty good at sharing the ball. It's nice that I don't have to rely on one shooter."

The Gators will hope to rebound Dec. 3 against St. John Neumann.


Cape Coral 51, Port Charlotte 30: Sierra Moore led the Seahawks with 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals as Cape Coral won its first Dis-trict 5A-11 game of the season. Cape Coral (1-2 overall) also got 14 points, six rebounds and four steals from Savannah Lang. After the Thanks-giving holiday weekend, Cape will be home against Riverdale on Dec. 2.



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