District final bound

Bulldogs down Springstead to set up matchup with Fivay

The Lady Bulldogs relied on its relentless defense to knock out Springstead 50-19 in the district semifinals Wednesday to secure a a date with top seed Fivay in Friday’s district finals at ZHS.

Maya Llanes had a game-high 13 points and Timneta Clemons added 11 as the Lady Bulldogs led from the opening tip to game-ending buzzer. Zephyrhills held a 28-8 lead at halftime and outscored the Eagles 22-11 in the second half.

The Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Falcons faced each other once this season with Zephyrhills pulling out at 56-52 win.

“I don’t think either team is playing great right now,” said ZHS Coach Chris Smith. “Hopefully we will turn it around Friday.”

Smith was proud of the defense that shut down Springstead’s high-scoring offense that averaged 56 points per game.

“They have scored a lot of points this year and we weren’t sure what they were going to do tonight,” Smith said. “If we play defense like we can, we’re tough to beat. If we play as a team and not get in foul trouble, we’re real tough.”

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