Sports beat: Bell’s season ends, Gainesville teams win


On Tuesday night the season came to an end for the Bell girls basketball team. The No. 4-seed Lady Bulldogs (15-9) lost to 5th-seeded Hilliard, 31-26, in the Class 1A-District 6 quarterfinals.

Hilliard will now face top-seed Trenton in Thursday’s district semifinals.

Elsewhere, Hamilton County (Jasper) upset Lafayette (Mayo), 49-48, in the 1A-District 5 semifinals.

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The Lady Trojans (8-11) hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to advance.

The No. 2 seeded Hornets’ season ends at 13-6.

The 3rd-seeded Trojans (8-11) will face top seed Madison County in Thursday night’s district championship game. Madison County advanced with a 41-34 win against Dixie County (Cross City).

In 1A-District 7, Chiefland edged Bronson, 37-33, to advance. The 4th-seeded Lady Indians will face defending 1A state champion and top seed Hawthorne Wednesday night at 7 in the district semifinals.

Gainesville was also a winner. The Lady ‘Canes defeated Chiles (Tallahassee), 66-65, to advance in 6A-District 2. GHS will face top-seed Columbia (Lake City) in Wednesday night’s district semifinals.

BOYS HOOPS – The Gainesville boys basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 60-32 win at Belleview.

Josh Graham set a school record with nine 3-pointers in the game. He finished with 32 points.

GHS (8-10) will travel to Newberry tonight at 7:30 p.m.

P.K. Yonge defeated Hawthorne on the road on senior night, 74-52, as four players scored in double figures for the Blue Wave.

Adrian Bloodworth led the way with 23 points, followed by Seth English, who scored all 14 points in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Wave (12-9) will close out the regular season at home against Buchholz on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

Columbia (Lake City) won its seventh game in a row.

The Tigers, who have won 13 of their last 14, improved to 15-4 with a 70-44 win against Trinity Catholic (Ocala).

Charleston Ponds led Columbia with 13 points.

Bell advanced to the finals of the Suwannee River finals. The Bulldogs defeated Lafayette (Mayo), 67-36.

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