Lehigh's journey to its first FHSAA state final four was derailed early on as Edgewater jumped out to an early lead and held on to beat Lehigh 83-53 on March 2 in the Class 7A state semifinals in Lakeland.
Lehigh (21-9) went home, while Edgewater played for the Class 7A state championship on March 4 against Fort Lauderdale Dillard.
"We turned the ball over 28 times," said Lightning coach Greg Coleman. "Our first five possessions were turnovers, that's tough, you can't give a good team extra possessions like that."
Edgewater broke out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 35-17 at the half.
"We cut it to 15 with a minute left in the second quarter, but only hit 5-of-24 shots in the first half and just 1-of-9 3-pointers," Coleman said. "When you don't shoot well your defense has to be hot. They shot well and the kid that's going to Louisville wound up with 26 points."
Coleman's reference was of Edgewater's Anfernee Simons, who converted four of the team's 14 total 3-pointers.
"They hit a bunch of shots in the second half and 10 threes in the second half alone," said Coleman. "You hit 14-of-26 threes you will beat anybody."
Jarvis Martin led the Lightning with 20 points, while Jartavius Martin and Delshawn Green each contributed eight points. Lehigh hit just 29 percent from the floor on 14-of-48 shooting overall.
"The bar was set high when I took over the program, but the bar is set extremely high now," Coleman said. "We just have to get over the hump and get back here.
"We still had a tremendous season. We will bounce back and be strong next year,"?he added. "It's just a shame it had to end one game early."