An afternoon in-school game changes the mood and the atmosphere from the traditional night time start, but it did not adversely affect the Mariner Tritons Tuesday as they bolted past Riverdale 65-43.
"We got a lead in the first quarter and shot the ball well on the road," said Tritons coach James Harris. "We hit some outside shots and that opened it up for us. I thought we shared the ball well and were very unselfish."
Rodney Hunter poured in a game-high 28 points to lead the Tritons. Austin Tindell led the Raiders with 13 points.
Mariner's Erica Metcalf tries to get by Estero's Rebecca Rocauant in a game played at Mariner High School Tuesday night.
The Tritons (2-0) take on Jensen Beach at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the 10-team Turkey Shootout at Island Coast. The Tritons also play C.S. Naples in their second of two Shootout matchups at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mariner 15 20 18 12 - 65
Riverdale 13 8 15 7 - 43
MARINER (65) - Davis 6, Patton 6, Sillie 8, Carpenter 5, Hunter 28, Darrett 7, Taylor 5. Totals: 22 11-16 65.
3PG: Hunter 5, Davis 2, Patton 2, Carpenter 1.
RIVERDALE (43) - Rogers 4, Carr 3, Ellis 2, Rek 8, Banks 2, Tindell 13, Bridley 1. Totals: 18 6-7 43.
3PG: Carr 1.
Estero 52, Mariner 49: Estero wiped out a deficit with three minutes remaining Tuesday night to edge Mariner in a close game.
Junior Mariah Ortiz led the Tritons with 20 points while junior Katie Adams contributed six points, six rebounds and three assists.
"The game went back and forth, but Estero came out on top in the final three minutes," said Tritons coach Jeremy Dearinger.
The Tritons (3-5) play this weekend in a tournament in Orlando. Their first opponent is TFA at 6 p.m. Friday followes by Ocoee at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Fort Myers 3, North Fort Myers 0: Two first-half goals were all Fort Myers needed to knock off North Fort Myers Tuesday night.
Goalkeeper Coral Jarvis made seven saves for the Red Knightsw (4-8), who host South Fort Myers next Tuesday.