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Lady Knights set to fire up districts

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor
Posted 2/2/23

OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High's girls basketball team; with the now-four Amigas; Kaylah Turner, Fantasia James, Kamiya Jones and Trista Brown, playing about as furious a game as coach Fred Cole could ask …

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Lady Knights set to fire up districts


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OAKLEAF - Oakleaf High's girls basketball team; with the now-four Amigas; Kaylah Turner, Fantasia James, Kamiya Jones and Trista Brown, playing about as furious a game as coach Fred Cole could ask for, will look to batter opponents for the next three weeks en route to a return to the Class 6A Final Four. Add a tough underneath Jan'Nease Bender battled for boards and that's a tough lineup.

Oakleaf, at 21-2 with a recent loss to top-ranked Bishop Kenny, has pretty much obliterated its schedule with a combination of unrelenting athleticism with an across the lineup basketball skill set that is only limited by momentum swings determined by how fast the buckets arrive.

In District 3-6A, Oakleaf will get a bye until Wed., Feb. 1 while Orange Park opens with Fleming Island, Nease vs. Fletcher and Ponte Vedra vs. First Coast, all on Tues., Jan. 31.

Fleming Island's shooting duo; London Jenkins and Victoria Noble will face off against an Orange Park team that may or may not have a full tilt Eris Lester on the floor. Lester has been dealing with a foot injury in the latter part of the season as the the Lady Raiders try to offset her absence with great play of Piera Alexander and Autumn Nesmith. If guard Hailey Revak gets hot from three point land, the Raiders can get to a next game, but that means Oakleaf on the rebound.

On the flip side, Ponte Vedra has been the lone game that Oakleaf had a little anxiety with; a 66-62 win for the Lady Knights and that came down to a fourth quarter surge.