It was a tough night for No. 1 seeds in Friday night’s area district championship games.
Top seeds Williston, Eastside, Columbia (Lake City), and Bell were all district runners-up.
Dre Lawrence hit a jumper with 1.3 seconds to play to give No. 2 seed Hawthorne a 56-54 win at top seed Williston in the Class 1A-District 7 championship game on Friday night.
Lawrence finished with 27 points for the defending 1A state champions.
Hawthorne (12-9), which is ranked ninth in Class 1A by MaxPreps, will host Vanguard (Lake Wales) in a regional semifinal on Thursday, Feb. 18, while fifth-ranked Williston (14-9) will travel to 1A No. 2 Wildwood.
No. 3 seed Santa Fe defeated top seed Eastside for the second time this season.
The Raiders edged the Rams, 41-40, for the 4A-District 5 title at Legacy Park in Alachua, breaking Eastside’s 17-game win streak.
Eastside (20-2) will travel to The Villages next week, while Santa Fe will host Central (Brooksville).
In Class 3A-District 3, No. 2 seed P.K. Yonge defeated St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine, 42-29, to win the district title.
Friday, February 12 – District championship results
Class 6A-District 2 at Lincoln (Tallahassee)
(2) Lincoln (Tallahassee) 64, (1) Columbia (Lake City) 57
Class 4A-District 5 at Legacy Park (Alachua)
(2) Santa Fe (Alachua) 41, (1) Eastside (Gainesville) 40
Class 3A-District 3 at St. Joseph Academy (St. Augustine)
(2) P.K. Yonge (Gainesville) 42, (1) St. Joseph Academy (St. Augustine) 29
Class 2A-District 2 at Saint Francis Catholic (Gainesville)
(1) St. Francis Catholic Academy (Gainesville) 66, (2) Redeemer Christian (Ocala) 35
Class 1A-District 6 at Trenton
(3) Trenton 55, (1) Bell 36
Class 1A-District 7 at Williston
(2) Hawthorne 56, (1) Williston 54
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