LYNN HAVEN — Alexis Ware scored half her team’s points as short-handed Mosley produced a key District 2-6A win in girls basketball, downing visiting Niceville 56-46 on Thursday evening.
Dolphins coach Steve Canfield said the victory not only was satisfying because of a limited roster, but secured the No. 3 seed in the upcoming district tournament. That enables Mosley to avoid meeting unbeaten Choctawhatchee in the semifinals.
The Dolphins, 15-4, 4-3, have been challenged since before the holidays with point guard Catie Byrd lost for the season with a knee injury. In addition, starter Hazel White is enduring a mandatory six-week suspension from the FHSAA for what was termed a flagrant elbow in a prior meeting with Niceville and recently freshman guard Kiana Yangson was sidelined due to a concussion.
“Three out of the six girls we had on the floor tonight were freshmen,” Canfield said, adding that sophomore post player Hennessey Smith fouled out with one minute remaining.
The Dolphins trailed 25-24 at intermission, but rallied when freshman J’nyiah Daniels made three consecutive 3-pointers to open a 39-33 lead. Daniels finished with 12 points.
Ware made five consecutive free throws down the stretch to clinch the win and had 28 points and eight rebounds. Smith had six points and 11 rebounds and Segovia Goodin nine points and eight rebounds.
“Going into the game adversity was something we’d talked about,” Canfield said. “It was a credit to how well they’re listening and the seniors’ leadership. They’re still responding and the freshmen really are growing up quick.”
In addition to Daniels, freshman Jordyn Simmons had three steals and five rebounds and Niyah Grady was a key contributor.
Mosley will host Ponce de Leon, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A in the latest statewide poll, 7 p.m. tonight.
“It doesn’t get any easier, but we’ve just got to buckle down,” Canfield said of the matchup.
Mosley’s junior varsity, stripped of freshmen talent playing on the varsity, lost 41-10. Nadine Alvarado had four points and three steals for the Dolphins.