Monday saw an intriguing game to open the District 7A-6 girls basketball tournament. The only two Osceola County teams, Osceola and Celebration, met for the right to continue their season Wednesday and face top-seeded Windermere.

It’s the Kowgirls who will go on after a 61-48 victory over the Storm.

Celebration (11-9) stayed in the game for stretches with some very good defensive rebounding, but couldn’t cash in at the offensive end to score enough to keep up with the breakout speed of Osceola (12-8). The Kowgirls also played swarming defense, with five steals in the first quarter alone when they jumped to a 10-3 lead.They stayed in control the whole game.

Still, OHS Coach Dion Bynum said it was a slow start, something they can’t afford Wednesday.

“We played Friday and had the weekend off, so you expected this on a Monday,” he said. “We have some things to overcome defensively. We’re young so some times this kids have it and then get out of control.

“We missed a lot of open shots tonight, we can be better there, which makes me think we have a chance on Wednesday.”

Sophomore Angel Roman poured in 25 points, Mya Lomax added 16 and Yahnae Kindell scored 12.

For Celebration, Selina Rivera led with 22 points and Giomarie Rodriguez added 13.

Elsewhere, it was a good night for basketball teams.
In the 6A-6 tournament, Poinciana scored a 48-33 win over Edgewater Monday, using a 33-13 run in the second half to pull away. The Eagles (8-14) will move on to the semifinals Wednesday against Winter Haven at Bartow.
At the 5A-8 event at Palm Bay Heritage, Gateway used a 26-point first quarter and 20-point fourth quarter to down Eau Gallie, 63-49, for a quarterfinal win. The Panthers (16-9) will play in Wednesday’s semifinal at Heritage at 7 p.m..