Mainland girls finish district championship as runners up, heading to Class 6A state tournament on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Mainland High School’s girls basketball team walked away from the District 4-6A championship as runners up after a hard-fought battle against the Wekiva Mustangs, finishing with a 69-55 loss on Friday, Feb. 5. Mainland’s Isys Grady scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in defeat.
The intensity of the game forced a double technical in the fourth quarter. Grady and Mustang Shaniyah McCarthy each made the shot for their teams, bringing the score to 51-38. Mainland had three players in foul trouble: Nyasia James, Jymea Jackson and Hailee Brennen, who were able to avoid additional fouls and finish the game.
Mainland’s head coach Brandon Stewart reflected on the game and his team’s future.
"We fought hard and are still learning how to fight harder than hard," Stewart said. "We are still building our culture — those moments are worth more than our girls know. Preparation comes with time. We are preparing to be a really great program for years to come. I am happy that we are competing in games like that one. Some teams can’t compete in those games. We can. We build from that.”
Mainland Buccaneers play First Coast Buccaneers in the Class 6A state tournament on Thursday, Feb. 11.