Marco Academy wins, Lely girls lose in basketball
Lely's Rebecca Senatus wins state wrestling title
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By SCOTT BUTHERUS and ROGER LALONDE
Lely sophomore Rebecca Senatus accomplished something that has never been done when she won Lely's first state girls wrestling title.
For her success she was named Naples Daily News Girl Prep of the Week.
"To be the first one to do it in our 40-year history, that's pretty cool," Lely coach Mark Modica said.
"It feels good. I'm proud that I got to be the one to achieve that," Senatus said.
Senatus won the 152-pound weight class over Haines City's Lyanette Pillot, the defending state champion, last weekend in Kissimmee.
"I just kept thinking how much I wanted it and wanted it all season," Senatus said. "I kept working hard all season and when I won, I kept thinking, 'I did it, I did it.'"
Modica said, "I'm not the least bit surprised (that she won) with all of the hard work that she put into it."
Senatus had never competed in organized wrestling before this season, which coupled with factors like a lack of consistent competition locally, makes the state title even more impressive. Even though she had only seven matches this season — mostly against male opponents, Senatus pointed out that her teammates, particularly fellow female grappler Shantoy Williams, were instrumental in helping her reach the championship.
"It was a challenge sometimes to compete in other weight classes, but wrestling the guys gave me a real advantage. They'd push me hard, but it helped when I got to wrestle other girls," Senatus said.
"She just never stops. She works hard in practice. Academically, she excels," Modica added. "She is everything that exemplifies Lely wrestling."
Lely girls lose to Immokalee in playoffs
In a game of air balls, turnovers and poor shooting, Immokalee pulled away in the final period to defeat Lely, 27-17 in the opening round of the Class 4A-District 14 tournament on Monday.
In an uneventful first quarter, Immokalee scored just four points, but led 4-2.
The second quarter was a bit more productive, with Lely's Casey Mendel, making her only shot of the game, a three-pointer, to bring Lely back to a two-point deficit, 11-9 at halftime.
JoJo Pierre, five points and Destiny Christopher, four points, led Immokalee.
Lely's Jenny Pierre made a steal and scored, then scored again on a breakaway to give Lely its only lead at 13-11 in the third period. Christopher and Pierre kicked up their scoring, taking a 19-17 lead going into the final quarter.
Turnovers and poor shooting led to a goose egg for Lely in the fourth, with Christopher and Pierre again dominating for Immokalee to run away to a 27-17 win.
Marco Academy edges Moorehaven
With the game tied at 45 after three quarters, the Manta Rays had their best quarter in the fourth, scoring 22 points, taking a 67-61 win to even their season mark at 11-11.
Jared Jackson, the top scorer in the county, couldn't be contained, scoring 30 points. Freshman Cole Stretton chipped in with 19, including to two 3-pointers. Yali Luna also added two 3-pointers.
"Our shooting was much better tonight from the arc and at times we played well offensively," coach Roger Raymond said. "We have to play better on the defensive glass as we gave up too many second shot baskets. It was a nice win for our team."