Area teams continue success at Hitchcock’s

Hawthorne's Jhalea Jackson drives the baseline

A total of four area girls basketball teams are undefeated after two days at the Hitchcock’s Challenge in Alachua.

Gainesville, Buchholz (Gainesville), Hawthorne and P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) were all winners on Tuesday to improve to 2-0 in pool play, which concludes on Wednesday. Bracket play will begin on Thursday.

Hawthorne, last year’s Class 1A state runners-up, defeated Tampa Bay Tech, 56-46, and handed the Class 6A Titans (9-1) their first loss of the season. The Hornets (6-1) will play North Marion (Citra) this afternoon at 5 p.m.

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GHS, which defeated North Marion (Citra), 57-48, on Monday, grinded out a 39-25 win against Hilliard on Tuesday. The Hurricanes, who improved to 7-4, will play Tampa Bay Tech on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

P.K. Yonge also moved to 2-0 in pool play with a 62-42 win against North Marion. The Lady Blue Wave (5-3) will play Buchholz on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Buchholz topped Miami Killian, 50-24, to improve to 6-6.

Santa Fe (Alachua) and Columbia (Lake City) are in the winners’ bracket on the boys’ side.

The host Raiders, who received a bye into the winners’ bracket after another team pulled out, won their opening game on Tuesday with a 62-33 rout of St. John Paul II (Tallahassee).

Santa Fe will play Milton, a 46-25 winner against Trenton, on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the semifinals.

Columbia (Lake City) will play Trinity Catholic (Ocala) in the other semifinal on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

The Tigers (6-5) raced out to a 44-10 lead at the half against Belleview and cruised to a 54-18 win against the Rattlers. Columbia, which also received a bye, will face the Celtics for the second time in a week.

Last week the Celtics defeated the Tigers, 66-50, at the Jim Haley Christmas Classic at Trinity Catholic.

Girls Basketball tournament scores

Monday, Dec. 27

Gainesville 57, North Marion (Citra) 48^

Hawthorne 47, Hilliard 25^

Dunnellon 63, Eastside (Gainesville) 60*

Buchholz (Gainesville) 57, Santa Fe (Alachua) 36^

P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) 58, Miami Killian 51^

Tuesday, Dec. 28

P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) 62, North Marion (Citra) 42^

Buchholz (Gainesville) 50, Miami Killian 24^

Hawthorne 56, Tampa Bay Tech 46^

Santa Fe (Alachua) 42, Suwannee (Live Oak) 38^

Gainesville 39, Hilliard 25^

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Santa Fe (Alachua) vs. Miami Killian, 9:30 a.m.^

Gainesville vs. Tampa Bay Tech, 11 a.m.^

Buchholz (Gainesville) vs. P.K. Yonge (Gainesville), 12:30 p.m.^

Eastside (Gainesville) at Bronson, 4:30 p.m.*

Hawthorne vs. North Marion (Citra), 5 p.m.^

^Hitchcock’s Challenge

*Eagle Holiday Invitational

Boys Basketball tournament scores

Monday, Dec. 27

Trenton 40, Eastside (Gainesville) 37^

St. John Paul II (Tallahassee) 56, Fort White 27^

Buchholz (Gainesville) 75, St. Cloud 53@

Godby (Tallahassee) 77, Hawthorne 59^

Gainesville 53, Edgewater (Orlando) 41#

Newberry 79, Taylor County (Perry) 51*

Palatka 52, Williston 45%

Bronson 57, Hilliard 56*

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Miami Killian 77, Fort White 35^

North Fort Myers 51, Williston 44%

Bolles (Jacksonville) 49, Gainesville 41#

Columbia (Lake City) 54, Belleview 18^

Hawthorne 57, Tampa Bay Tech 48^

Milton 46, Trenton 25^

Bronson 68, Taylor County (Perry) 60*

Santa Fe (Alachua) 62, St. John Paul II (Tallahassee) 33^

West Orange (Winter Garden) 52, Buchholz (Gainesville) 49@

Wednesday, Dec. 29

Hawthorne vs. Fort White, 2 p.m.^ – at Santa Fe High School

Trenton vs. St. John Paul II (Tallahassee), 2 p.m.^

Williston vs. Oakleaf (Orange Park), 3 p.m.%

Buchholz (Gainesville) vs. Kathleen (Lakeland), 3:20 p.m.@

Eastside (Gainesville) vs. Tampa Bay Tech, 3:30 p.m.^ – at Santa Fe High School

Columbia (Lake City) vs. Trinity Catholic (Ocala), 5 p.m.^

Gainesville vs. Mosley (Lynn Haven), 5 p.m.#

Newberry at Bronson, 7:30 p.m.*

Milton at Santa Fe (Alachua), 8 p.m.^

Bell vs. TBA&

^Hitchcock’s Challenge at Legacy Park Multipurpose Center (Alachua)

@Daytona Beach Mainland Christmas Tournament

#Mosley Holiday Hoopfest (Panama City)

*Eagle Holiday Invitational

&Middleburg Christmas Tournament

%Jarvis Williams Holiday Tournament at Palatka

$Florida Get Down Holiday Basketball Showcase (St. Francis Catholic Academy)

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