Marco Academy falls to Seacrest in first district playoff game

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Defense was the name of the game for Seacrest Country Day in white, as, from left, Valerie Dorvilus (32), Marissa Murray (5) and Meghan Marsala (12), block out Marco Island Academy players on a rebound in Seacrest's 51-14 win in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action on Tuesday. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history, against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Defense was the name of the game for Seacrest Country Day in white, as, from left, Valerie Dorvilus (32), Marissa Murray (5) and Meghan Marsala (12), block out Marco Island Academy players on a rebound in Seacrest's 51-14 win in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action on Tuesday. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history, against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Steals and turnovers gave Seacrest Country Day uncontested points in its 51-14 win over Marco Island Academy on Tuesday night in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action.  Catherine Stiffler makes the basket as she led her team in scoring with 14 points. Seacrest advanced to its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Steals and turnovers gave Seacrest Country Day uncontested points in its 51-14 win over Marco Island Academy on Tuesday night in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action. Catherine Stiffler makes the basket as she led her team in scoring with 14 points. Seacrest advanced to its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Seacrest Country Day's Martyna Anisiewicz drives through the lane for two points in her team's win over Marco Island Academy, 51-14, in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action on Tuesday night. The win put Seacrest into the district championship game for the first time in school history. Seacrest played Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Seacrest Country Day's Martyna Anisiewicz drives through the lane for two points in her team's win over Marco Island Academy, 51-14, in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action on Tuesday night. The win put Seacrest into the district championship game for the first time in school history. Seacrest played Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Seacrest Country Day had no problem going to hoop as Marissa Murray (5) scores two points in a 51-14 romp in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action. Marco only had six players and got into foul trouble early, making its defense more tentative. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Seacrest Country Day had no problem going to hoop as Marissa Murray (5) scores two points in a 51-14 romp in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action. Marco only had six players and got into foul trouble early, making its defense more tentative. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Seacrest Country Day's Catherine Stiffler leans into Marco Island Academy's Sarah Colburn as she scores two points in Seacrest's 51-14 win in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action on Tuesday night. With the win Seacrest played in its first district championship game  in the school's history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Seacrest Country Day's Catherine Stiffler leans into Marco Island Academy's Sarah Colburn as she scores two points in Seacrest's 51-14 win in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action on Tuesday night. With the win Seacrest played in its first district championship game in the school's history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Marco Island Academy’s Jessica Ragan scored her only points, a 3-point basket, on this shot as the Lady Manta Rays lost to Seacrest Country Day, 51-14, on Tuesday night in a Class 2A-District 10 playoff game. The win put Seacrest into the championship game for the first time in school history, playing Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Marco Island Academy’s Jessica Ragan scored her only points, a 3-point basket, on this shot as the Lady Manta Rays lost to Seacrest Country Day, 51-14, on Tuesday night in a Class 2A-District 10 playoff game. The win put Seacrest into the championship game for the first time in school history, playing Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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All loose balls were contested in Seacrest Country Day’s 51-14 victory in a Class 2A-District 10 playoff game on Tuesday night. The win put Seacrest, No. 2 seed, into its first district championship game in school history, going against No. 1 seed Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff All loose balls were contested in Seacrest Country Day’s 51-14 victory in a Class 2A-District 10 playoff game on Tuesday night. The win put Seacrest, No. 2 seed, into its first district championship game in school history, going against No. 1 seed Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Marco Island Academy’s Jessica Ragan tries to reach in to take the ball away from Seacrest Country Day’s Logan Nikolich in Seacrest’s 51-14 win in Class 2A-District 10 action on Tuesday night. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Marco Island Academy’s Jessica Ragan tries to reach in to take the ball away from Seacrest Country Day’s Logan Nikolich in Seacrest’s 51-14 win in Class 2A-District 10 action on Tuesday night. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Seacrest Country Day had no problem going to hoop as Marissa Murray (5) scores two points in a 51-14 romp in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action. Marco only had six players and got into foul trouble early, making its defense more tentative. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Seacrest Country Day had no problem going to hoop as Marissa Murray (5) scores two points in a 51-14 romp in Class 2A-District 10 playoff action. Marco only had six players and got into foul trouble early, making its defense more tentative. The win put Seacrest into its first district championship game in school history against Ahfachkee on Thursday night.

The Marco Island Academy girls basketball team played it first district playoff game in school history, but it didn’t go well.

Seacrest Country Day rolled over Marco Island Academy, 51-14, in a Class 2A-District 10 playoff game at Seacrest on Tuesday night.

It put Seacrest, No. 2 seed, in its first district championship game in school history when it played No. 1 seed Ahfachkee in the championship game on Thursday night at Seacrest. The team celebrated even more when they defeated Ahfachkee.

Ahfachkee downed Everglades City to reach the championship game.

The Marco-Seacrest game was only close early, with Seacrest holding an 8-6 lead after the first quarter.

Seacrest dominated in every aspect of the game from then on, blanking Marco Academy in the second quarter, to run off to a 24-6 halftime lead. It was 43-9 after three.

Seacrest’s balanced scoring attack had Catherine Stiffler with 14 points, Marissa Murray with 10. Victoria Vale led Marco Academy with eight.

The loss concluded the Lady Manta Rays season at 3-15.

Coach Tim Tudor had his hands full with only six players. By halftime, three players had two fouls and one three. Vale fouled out in the fourth quarter.

The Manta Rays showed aggressiveness early, but foul trouble made them more tentative.

Seacrest had a lot do with Marco Academy’s offensive woes as they used a pressing defense that caused turnovers and they controlled the boards.

Being short on numbers has been a problem when teams like Seacrest substituting fresh bodies.

“In practice we don’t have enough people to play 5-on-5 like other teams,” Tudor said. “We lost a close game earlier this season against Seacrest, finishing with four players against five when one fouled out. Even with fewer numbers, the team has improved tenfold over the season.”

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