By JOHN C. COTEY
Published February 8, 2007
All games at 7 p.m.
Sarasota Riverview 22-4 at Mitchell (25-2)
About Mitchell: Mitchell's strong group of seniors have been the team's strong suit all season. They have shooters (Kristi Hopper has 73 3-pointers and averages 17.1 points), rebounders (Latoya Hillmon, Hanna Bernard and Taylor Lunin each average more than 5.0 a game) and floor leaders (point guard Joanna Bussa may be the best around and along with Lunin combines for 7.0 assists a game).
About Riverview: The Rams are led by Jasmine Roberts, Rachel Harrison and Shannon Washington. The No. 1 seeds in their district, the Rams were stunned 48-47 by Sarasota in the final, beaten by a shot with 13 seconds left.
Something to think about: Riverview lost to Sarasota in the district final. Over the winter break, Mitchell beat Sarasota 48-38.
Winner gets: Melbourne-Orlando Boone winner.
Freedom (18-9) at Wesley Chapel (23-4)
About Wesley Chapel: The Wildcats are looking to avenge last year's playoff loss to Freedom, in the process picking up the school's first playoff win. Clemson-bound Sthefany Thomas leads the way with 29 points per game, and no other Wildcat is in double figures. Ashley Carey is the closest at 9.3, including 25 points in two district games.
About Freedom: The Patriots lost all five starters from last year's 27-2 team, and rely on 5-foot-7 juniors Kelley Maronic, their leading scorer, and Charlet Davis.
Something to think about: Freedom scored 28 and 29 points in two district games, but actually won one of them (28-24 victory in the semifinals).
Winner gets: Lake Gibson-New Smyrna Beach winner.
Ridgewood (16-9) at King (18-3)
About Ridgewood: The Rams are making their first playoff appearance since 2004. They have no standout, instead relying on a swarm of guards and the inside presence of Jen Daun, the team's leading scorer. Six players average more than five points.
About King: The Lions were the No. 1 seed in their district and won what was supposed to be a wide-open tournament convincingly. They beat Freedom in the final, holding it to 29 points after allowing only 38 in the semifinals.
Something to think about: The Rams have won their first-round game the last three times they have made the playoffs; King is 0-5 in first-round games dating to 1999.
Winner gets: Daytona Beach Mainland-Winter Haven winner.
Pasco (17-7) at Orlando Bishop Moore (23-2)
About Pasco: The Pirates came out ice cold in the district final against Nature Coast, and their reward is a road trip to the No. 3 team in the state. Ouch. The young Pirates hope their defense can keep them in the game and the shots start falling again, like they did more freely in the district semifinal.
About Bishop Moore: The Hornets are the Class 4A state runnerups from the past two years and are one of the favorites to reach the title game again. Point guard Lindsey Watson is a dangerous shooter and has been offered by Florida, but injuries have slowed her down the stretch.
Something to think about: Pasco coach John Edwards is 1-0 in the playoffs against teams from Orlando.
Winner gets: Dunnellon-St. Augustine winner.
John C. Cotey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6261
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