Devaney’s threes lift Nova over Pace

 

flyon@MiamiHerald.com

Once Nova’s three-point ace Bernadette Devaney went into heat check mode, Miami Monsignor Pace knew it was in deep trouble.

Devaney continued to build her case as arguably the best pure shooter in Florida with seven three-pointers and a career-high 32 points to lead host Nova past the Spartans 83-52 on Saturday night.

“I can usually tell in warmups if I’m going to shoot the ball well,” Devaney said. “I just wanted to show out this game. I love shooting threes because it gets the crowd pumping and my teammates excited. I think psychologically the three-pointer puts the other team down.”

Shrugging off a Miami Pace defense designed to get the ball out of her hands, Devaney scored 20 first-half points to help the Titans (4-2) build a commanding 50-35 halftime lead.

Devaney added two three-pointers and 12 points in the third quarter before Nova coach Jason Hively ended his shooting star’s big night for good by emptying the bench.

How Devaney handles the added defensive attention going from the third scoring option on Nova’s surprising run to the Class 7A State semifinals last season, when they lost to 51-45 to eventual Class 7A state champion Sebastian River, to Nova’s main scorer will likely play a huge role in Nova’s bid for a return trip to Lakeland.

“Tonight really showed Bernadette’s ability to shoot the ball,” Hively said. “Her biggest attribute is she is a competitor. She is willing to take and make the big shots. Pace was doing a lot of trapping with their defense so we didn’t want to set up a lot of offense. It was just basic basketball tonight, and Bernadette was knocking them down.”

If not for Devaney’s three-point explosion, all the talk would have been about sophomore guard Kianni Lurry, who put on her own show with a career-high 23 points.

Devaney’s three-point shooting opened up lanes for Lurry to attack the basket with reckless abandon and keep possessions alive with offensive rebounds.

Trellanie English-Lurry added 13 points for the Titans who extended a dominant home record to 22-1 in the past three seasons.

Pace’s best stretch came midway through the second quarter when Brandi Harrington, who tied Makaila McCloud with a team-high 18 points for the Spartans, scored six straight points and McCloud added a three-pointer to pull Pace within 38-28.

But the Titans snuffed out any momentum Pace (3-4) might have going into halftime when Lurry converted a steal and layup off an inbounds pass, English-Lurry tipped in Lurry’s missed free-throw attempt and Devaney added a three-point dagger in front of the Pace bench to push the lead to 48-31 with 35 seconds left in the second quarter.

Nova 83, Miami Pace 52 - MP (3-4): McCloud 18, Harrington 18, Floyd 6, Brown 6, Samuel 2, Nairn 2. Nova (4-2): Devaney 32, English-Lurry 13, Lurry 23, Cowart 6, Duncanson 5, Corazza 2, Gutierrez 2. Halftime: Nova 50-35. Three-pointers: Devaney 7, English-Lurry, Duncanson, McCloud 2, Floyd, Brown.

MORE GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Late Friday — Cardinal Gibbons 50, Pembroke Pines Charter 45 - CG (4-1): Williams 18, Jones 15, Pollock 11, Lanzon 4, Cohen 2. PPC (1-5): Gonzalez 15, Perez 11, Provenzano 9, Boston 6, Devesa 4. Halftime: CG 28-25. Rebounds: Jones 12, Pollock 8, Cohen 8. Assists: Ozaltin 2. Steals: Williams 6.

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Douglas vs. Coral Glades, 7:30

Coral Springs vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 7:30

Taravella vs. Piper (Home), 7:30

Nova vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (STA), 7:30

Deerfield Beach vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7:30

BOYS’ SOCCER

Piper vs. Coral Springs (Home), 7

South Broward vs. Douglas (Home), 5

Hollywood Hills vs. Flanagan (Home), 7

Deerfield Beach vs. Monarch (Monarch), 4

Northeast vs. Nova (Home), 7

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach), 7

Cypress Bay vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Thomas Aquinas), 7

Cooper City vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7

Miramar vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 4

West Broward vs. Western (Western), 7

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Cardinal Gibbons vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 6

Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (Monarch), 6

Cooper City vs. Plantation (Plantation), 6

McArthur vs. South Broward (South Broward), 6

Hollywood Hills vs. West Broward (West Broward), 6

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Piper vs. Coral Springs (Coral Springs), 5

Monarch vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 7

Hollywood Hills vs. Flanagan (Flanagan), 5

Stranahan vs. Miramar (Miramar), 7

Northeast vs. Nova (Nova), 5

Pompano Beach vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 4

Cooper City vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 5

West Broward vs. Western (Western), 5

University School vs. North Broward Prep (North Broward Prep), 6

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Flanagan vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 7:30

West Broward vs. Everglades (Everglades), 7:30

Boyd Anderson vs. Northeast (NE), 7:30

Stranahan vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 7:30

Dade Christian vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 7

BOYS’ SOCCER

Parkway Academy vs. Archbishop McCarthy (MCART), 4

Blanche Ely vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 7

Northeast vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 7

Douglas vs. Coral Springs (Home), 7

Flanagan vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 7

Pompano Beach vs. Dillard (Dillard), 7

West Broward vs. Everglades (Everglades), 5

Coconut Creek vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 4

Hollywood Hills vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7

Cooper City vs. Miramar (Miramar), 7

Monarch vs. Boca Raton (Boca Raton), 8

Piper vs. Plantation (Plantation), 7

Western vs. South Broward (South Broward), 7

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7

Stranahan vs. Mourning (Mourning), 4

WRESTLING

Douglas vs. Coral Glades , 3

McArthur vs. Coral Glades , 3

Plantation vs. Coral Glades , 3

Dillard vs. Fort Lauderdale (FTL), 3

Piper vs. Fort Lauderdale (FTL), 3

Hollywood Hills vs. Nova (NOVA), 3

South Broward vs. Nova (NOVA), 3

Coral Glades vs. Nova (NOVA), 3

Douglas vs. Nova (NOVA), 3

Everglades vs. Nova (NOVA), 3

Coconut Creek vs. West Broward (West Broward), 3

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Western vs. Miramar (Miramar), 6

Chaminade-Madonna vs. Florida Christian (FCS), 5

Zion Lutheran vs. Hillel (HIL), 7:30

Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Ransom Everglades (Ransom Everglades), 4

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Blanche Ely vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 5

Northeast vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 5

Taravella vs. Coral Glades (Coral Glades), 4

Douglas vs. Coral Springs (Coral Springs), 5

Flanagan vs. Cypress Bay (Cypress Bay), 5

Archbishop McCarthy vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 5

Hollywood Hills vs. McArthur (McArthur), 5

Cooper City vs. Miramar (Miramar), 5

Monarch vs. Boca Raton (Boca Raton), 6

Piper vs. Plantation (Plantation), 5

Western vs. South Broward (South Broward), 5

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 5

Stranahan vs. Mourning (Mourning), 4

Everglades vs. West Broward (West Broward), 4

North Broward Prep vs. Delray American Heritage (Delray American Heritage), 7

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

North Broward Prep vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 7:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Coconut Creek (C. Creek), 7:30

Mourning vs. Dillard (DIL), 7:30

Cooper City vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7:30

Fort Lauderdale vs. Monarch (Monarch), 7:30

Blanche Ely vs. Pompano Beach (Home), 7:30

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Broward (South Broward), 7:30

Coral Glades vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7:30

Hallandale vs. Stranahan (STR), 7:30

Coral Park vs. Archbishop McCarthy ( McCarthy), 7:30

BOYS’ SOCCER

Posnack Day School vs. Hebrew Academy (Hebrew Academy), 6

WRESTLING

Douglas vs. Cooper City (Home), 3

Hallandale vs. Plantation (Plantation), 3

Monarch vs. Plantation (Plantation), 3

Stranahan vs. Chaminade-Madonna (CHAM), 3

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Piper vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 6

Nova vs. Plantation (Plantation), 6

Coral Glades vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 6

Douglas vs. Taravella (Taravella), 6

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Coconut Creek vs. Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale), 4

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Fort Lauderdale vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 7:30

Somerset Academy vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 7:30

Monsignor Pace vs. Dillard (DIL), 7:30

Miramar vs. Flanagan (Home), 7:30

Miramar vs. Fort Lauderdale (Home), 7:30

Douglas vs. Nova (NOVA), 7:30

Dillard vs. Plantation (Plantation), 7:30

Coral Glades vs. Taravella (Taravella), 7:30

Westminster Academy vs. Northwest Christian (NWC), 7:30

BOYS’ SOCCER

Archbishop McCarthy vs. Doral Academy (DA), 4

Westminster Academy vs. Colonial Christian (Colonial Christian), 3:30

Posnack Day School vs. Hebrew Academy (Hebrew Academy), 6

Coconut Creek vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 7

Chaminade-Madonna vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 4

West Broward vs. Cooper City (Home), 7

Coral Glades vs. Coral Springs (Home), 7

Pompano Beach vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 7

Flanagan vs. Everglades (Everglades), 7

Boyd Anderson vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 4

Cypress Bay vs. Miramar (Miramar), 7

Piper vs. Northeast (Home), 7

Nova vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Thomas Aquinas), 6

Fort Lauderdale vs. South Broward (South Broward), 7

Monarch vs. Taravella (Taravella), 4

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