Senior point guard Taylor Izatt led the Bayshore Bruins to their second straight girls title Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Classic Basketball Tournament, an evcnt held annually at Bradenton Christian School.
Izatt also won the MVP award, scoring a combined 46 points in Bayshore’s three straight tournament victories, including Wednesday’s 46-32 win over Manatee in the championship game.
Izatt broke open what had been a close championship game against Manatee (4-11) by draining three straight 3-point shots midway through the fourth period. She also made her foul shots and handled the ball down the stretch, finishing with 14 points as Bayshore (12-5) ran away with the win.
“I’m especially happy since this is my senior year,” Izatt said after accepting her team and individual honors. “We’ve been grinding away. For us, it’s mainly about hustle.”
Bayshore senior Joy Norman took game-high honors with 15 points.
“I knew at halftime that if we came out and played defense like we can, we would win it,” veteran Bayshore coach Jamaal Sanders said. “By no means did we play our best game. But we found a way to win.”
Manatee made it to the title game by beating Sarasota Christian and host Bradenton Christian during the first two days of the tournament.
Junior Eldine Simeus led Manatee with 12 points and senior teammate Jada Guion added 10 in the title game.
In the boys title game, tournament MVP Corey Davis threw down 23 points and teammate Ronald Taylor added 24 as the Seminoles beat the tournament host Panthers, 69-62.
Southeast (8-7) set the tone jumping out to a 13-0 lead and then held on, as the Panthers (10-3) staged a furious second-half comeback. Southeast held a 16-point lead after three quarters before BCS trimmed the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Leunk paced the Panthers with 19 points. Junior Vincent Rehfeldt added 15 points, and JT Noellert scored 14.
Lemon Bay (10-8) won the third-place trophy by defeating Bradenton Christian 47-29. Senior Kacyn Shirley, who led the Manta Rays in scoring in all three tournament games, scored 11 points. Junior Shannen Smith added 10 more.
Senior Katie Swaagman, whose mother Kelly also played basketball for veteran BCS coach Jim Van Til, led the Panthers with 11 points.
Oldsmar Christian (10-6) took fifth place by beating Sarasota Christian 65-38.
The Blazers (10-7) got 15 points apiece from Heidi Miller and Megan Garriott. Lexie McDuffy led Oldsmar with 20 points.
The Braden River boys team (7-7) captured third place with a 49-44 victory over the Bayshore Bruins (2-13).
Senior Deondrick Bacon led a trio of Pirates in double figures with 14 points. Senior Isaiah Garrett and junior Jonathan Colon added 10 points each.
Chris Harris paced the Bruins with 10 points.
The Sarasota Christian Blazers (9-5) settled for fifth place with a 69-22 win over Cape Coral (5-10).
Sophomore Brion Whitley led the way with 17 points. Teammates Emmanuel Lambright and Blake Morrow chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
After losing its first two games of the tournament, Manatee finished seventh by trouncing Seven Rivers Christian (1-12) of Ocala, 69-22. Sophomore Dominick Otteni topped the Hurricanes (4-10) with 15 points.