2013 FHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament Set to Begin Tuesday
Mon. February 18, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. | By Rick Brown
By RICK BROWN
LAKELAND | Two local girls teams are trying to etch their school's name in the history books of high school basketball.
Haines City and Winter Haven are two of the 32 teams returning to the state finals basketball tournament, which starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday at The Lakeland Center.
Haines City, ranked No. 1 in Class 7A will take on No. 4 Davie Nova at 4 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals. The winner will face the winner of the Gainesville Buchholz-Tampa Freedom game in the 7A title game Saturday at 5:05 p.m.The Hornets, who are making their fourth trip to the state finals tournament, lost in the championship game last season to Sebastian River. Haines City is seeking its first state championship.
Winter Haven, ranked fifth in Class 6A, takes on third-ranked Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee. The winner takes on the winner of the Orlando Edgewater-Miami Norland game Saturday in the 6A title game Saturday at 1:35 p.m.
This is Winter Haven's 14th appearance in the state tournament and third straight. The Blue Devils, who have won two titles, lost in the semifinals to Miami Norland last season.