After a week stepping up in class the Lady Tiger Sharks of Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School prepped for this week’s District 2-1A tournament.
Port St. Joe, which finished 13-11 overall and 8-4 in district play, earned the number three seed in the district tournament and played sixth-seeded West Gadsden Tuesday night at South Walton High School.
If the Lady Tiger Sharks prevail, they would meet the Blountstown-Bozeman winner at 8 p.m. ET on Friday in the district semifinals. A win would guarantee a spot in the region playoffs and would advance Port St. Joe to the district title game scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The Lady Tiger Sharks played larger schools in the final week of the regular season and split four games.
On Jan. 22 Port St. Joe traveled to Wakulla. The Lady Tiger Sharks jumped to a 11-4 lead after one quarter but by halftime it was 18-16 Port St. Joe.
The Lady Tiger Sharks held a 30-26 lead after three periods but Wakulla took control in the final quarter for a 44-40 win.
Maya Robbins led Port St. Joe with 15 points, Callie Fleshren added eight and Hallie Jasinski five. Alyssa Parker, Shannon Pridgeon, and Brooklyn Quinn each scored four points.
Two nights later, Port St. Joe hosted East Gadsden, which Port St. Joe beat earlier in the year. Port St. Joe jumped to an 18-6 lead after the first quarter, but with a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer the margin was 26-25 Port St. Joe. East Gadsden took a 39-35 lead after three periods. The lead changed hands four times in the final quarter, with Port St. Joe prevailing 54-51 by hitting seven of 10 from the free throw line down the stretch.
Robbins scored six of her 19 points in the fourth quarter and Brooklyn Quinn scored three of her nine points in the final period. Teiyahana Hutchinson had four of her 12 points in the fourth.
Fleshner added 10 points, Jasinski three, and Parker two.
Mosley visited “The Dome” the following night, which was Senior Night and a salute to Parker, the lone senior on the team.
“Alyssa has been a great leader on a very young team of two juniors, two sophomores, two freshmen, two eighth-graders and two seventh-graders,” said Port St. Joe assistant coach Tracy Browning.
Mosley won 54-20. Robbins led Port St. Joe with seven points, Fleshren had five, Pridgeon three, Quinn three and Hutchinson two.
The next night, the Lady Tiger Sharks traveled to Bay High and led the entire way en route to a 38-29 win.
Hutchinson had 12 points to lead Port St. Joe. Quinn added 10, Robbins nine, Parker three, Fleshner two and Jasinski two.