GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL: Regional playoff roundup

Wiregrass Ranch and freshman Ashlyn Couzens will play in the Class 6A region semifinals Tuesday against Palmetto.

WESLEY CHAPEL — It’s been quite the season for Wiregrass Ranch’s girls basketball team. 

The Bulls were able to overcome the odds in a tough Class 6A, District 9 and defeated Mitchell in the district semifinals and East Lake 41-30 for the district crown. Now, Wiregrass Ranch has its sights set on making a deep playoff run and it began Feb. 11.

Using a big second half, the Bulls were able to run away with a 62-30 victory over Seminole in the Class 6A region quarterfinals. Wiregrass Ranch faces Palmetto on Tuesday night. Palmetto is 16-6 and riding a six-game winning streak.

The Bulls had a slim 11-5 lead after one quarter and by halftime boosted that up to a double-digit lead at 28-15. It was the third quarter that made the difference for the Bulls, as they entered the final period leading comfortably 45-20. Wiregrass Ranch is now 14-9 on the season. 

Wiregrass Ranch is the last public school with a girls team in the playoffs, as the rest of Pasco County’s top teams have been bounced out. Wesley Chapel fell at home 64-56 to Eustis, finishing the season with a 19-5 record. Also falling in the playoffs was Fivay, which lost to Lecanto in the opening round 49-32.

Amongst the other schools that were in postseason play and lost in the region quarterfinal round was Zephryhills, losing to Orlando Jones 69-43, and Anclote falling to Lake Highland Prep 88-17. Wiregrass Ranch will look to clinch a berth in the region final when it faces Palmetto next week.