Sports beat: Hawthorne girls win big

Last night, the Hawthorne girls basketball team bounced back in a big way following their loss to Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) on Wednesday. The defending 1A state champions routed Williston at home, 53-8.

Kentavia Hagins led all scorers with 13. Hawthorne, which improved to 13-4, will travel to Class 4A North Marion on Monday night.

Meanwhile, it was a shootout for the Hawthorne boys. The Hornets lost their game to Williston, 84-81, to drop to 9-5. Williston improved to 12-4.

Elsewhere, it was a busy night for Gainesville High athletics on Thursday. The GHS girls weightlifting team finished third at the district meet. Nine lifters advanced to regionals next week.

The GHS girls basketball team defeated North Florida Educational Institute (Jacksonville), 51-50. The boys soccer team tied Stanton College Prep (Jacksonville), 1-1, in a match-up of top 10 Class 5A teams. And the Gainesville girls soccer team defeated Columbia (Lake City), 4-0, on senior night.

Columbia (Lake City) point guard Na’Haviya Paxton surpassed 1,000 points for her career in the Tigers’ 65-23 win over Countryside Christian on Thursday night. She recorded another triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) as Columbia improved to 12-3. Anzarria Jerkins added 16 points, six assists, and four steals.

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