5A: Ribault over Bishop Moore for 11th State Title
Jacksonville Ribault’s girls basketball team found itself back in a familiar position Saturday — hoisting another state championship trophy.
The Trojans, who lost in the semifinals last year, used their inside strength to defeat Orlando Bishop Moore 60-37 and win the Class 5A state title in the FHSAA Girls Basketball State Championships at The Lakeland Center.
It was Ribault’s 11th girls basketball state title, the most by any school, and its third in four years. It was also a title that brought Trojans coach Sheila Seymour-Pennick to tears. Her team lost in the Class 4A semifinals game to Lake Highland Prep last year.
“It’s been on my mind since that horn went off last year,” said Seymour-Pennick, her third title as head coach.
This year, her Trojans faced a 15-5 deficit late in the first quarter before the inside duo of of 6-foot Day’Neshia Banks and 5-10 Rennia Davis took over. The two, who combined for 39 points and 23 rebounds in the game, scored a combined 17 points as the Trojans turned the 10-point deficit into a 28-22 halftime lead. By the end of the third quarter, it was 42-24.
Even though Bishop Moore had 6-foot-4 Morgan Davis in the middle, the combination of Banks and Davis inside created a matchup problem for the Hornets.
“Their big girl (Davis) wasn’t playing me as hard as any girl can so I took control of that and started rebounding and putting it back up,” Banks said. “I just knew I was stronger than her. She might have the height, but I knew offensively or defensively she wasn’t going to outrebound me.”