Girls’ basketball

Country Day wins title


Special to The Miami Herald

The championship game of the Adidas Holiday Slam girls’ basketball tournament provided a potential Region 4-3A final preview between Miami Country Day and Sagemont.

But if the matchup does come to fruition, and if it looks anything like it did Saturday, it may not be a very competitive contest to reach state semifinals.

Behind a 15-0 run to start the second half, Miami Country Day trounced Sagemont 52-23 at Florida Christian on Saturday to take home the tournament crown.

The Spartans (16-0) remain undefeated and have beaten every opponent on their schedule thus far by no less than 20 points.

Eighth-grader Channise Lewis won tournament MVP for the Spartans.

She led the Spartans with 13 points in the championship game and added four rebounds, five assists and three steals.

“It’s great. First time playing varsity, first time coming to the school, it’s a great experience winning this MVP trophy for my team,” a humble Lewis said. “I think it’s not just for me. I’ll give it to my whole team.”

Danielle Minott had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Onika Swaby pitched in 11 points and seven rebounds. Both earned spots on the all-tournament team along with Lewis.

The Spartan press defense stifled Sagemont into several turnovers. Country Day registered 17 steals as a team and only allowed nine Lion points after halftime, shutting them out through the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the second half.

“That’s our main focus every game,” Swaby said. “We haven’t given up a lot of points this year. I think we’re probably one of the better defensive teams in the state.”

Country Day also held two of Sagemont’s better scorers, Ebony Griffin and Erica Correa, to two points each.

For the Lions (11-5), Kandice Smith and Jessica Black were named to the all-tournament team.

Smith hit two three-pointers for her six points Saturday, and Black had five.

An undefeated season is a realistic possibility for Miami Country Day, but that’s not where coach Ochiel Swaby’s focus is.

“It’s not really a goal. We just want to go out and play as hard as we can each game, and if that happens, then great,” he said.

• Miami Country Day 52, Sagemont 23 – MCD (16-0): Swaby 11, Lewis 13, B. Blot 8, Minott 11, Mackenzie 7, L. Blot 2. SAG (11-5): Black 5, Smith 6, Marshall 3, Rucker 3, Correa 2, Cole 2, Griffin 2. Halftime: MCD 22-14. Three-pointers: Lewis 3, Smith 2, Marshall. Rebounds: Minott 11. Assists: Lewis 5. Steals: Mackenzie 5. Blocks: Cole.

All-tournament awards — MCD: Channise Lewis (MVP), Onika Swaby, Danielle Minott. SAG: Kandice Smith, Jessica Black.


•  Adidas Holiday Slam — Gulliver 46, Ransom Everglades 28 - GUL: E Deutch 3, J Westbrooks 16, M Pyatt 7, C Wirshing 11, C Nixon 10. RE: C Crotty 4, A Lopez 16, B Smith 2, J Deutch 6


• Champagnat Catholic 66, Northwest Christian 31 - CC (8-3): Holanda 6, Chapotin 9, Collie 5, Leadon 7, Mackey 9, LaBranche 9, Nairm 15, McDonald 4, Arnaud 2. NWC: Jones 21, Roger 5, McCorkle 2, Phillips 3. Rebounds: LaBranche 11. Steals: LaBranche 4.

• Seacrest Naples Tournament — Monsignor Pace 85, Seacrest 63 - MP (6-11): Thomas 2, Norvius 5, Justinien 10, Waite 9, Logan 3, A Alvarez 17, Wilson 9, S Jean 9, Desgrieux 4, Duarte 13, Sainvil 4. Halftime: MP 41-37. Rebounds: Sainvil 8, Assists: Justinien 11. Steals: S Jean 4.

• Late Friday — Miami Central 56, Key West 40 - MC (12-3): Simeon 22, Wilder 11, Joseph 6, Hardy 5, Fils-Aime 4, R Johnson 4, Francois 2, E Johnson 2. Halftime: MC 24-19. Three-pointers: Wilder 3, Simeon 3. Rebounds: R Johnson 11. Assists: Hardy 4. Steals: R Johnson 3, Hardy 3.

• Late Friday — Champagnat 45, Plantation 42 - CHAMP (7-3): Holanda 4, Chapotin 4, Collie 4, Leadon 7, Mackey 14, LaBranche 8, Nairm 4. Rebounds: Mackey 9, LaBranche 8.

• Late Friday — Hollywood Christian New Years Classic (Championship) — Jackson 91 Hollywood Christian 48 - JAC (6-6): Phillips 12, Chavalier 10, Porter 17, D. Brown 7, Thompson 13, M. Brown 10, Johnson 3, Negroni 8, Neal 5, Raymond 6. Halftime: JAC 41-20. Rebounds: Thompson 7, Chavalier 7. Steals: Porter 7. Assists: Porter 5.

• Late Friday — Boca Raton High School Tournament — Gulliver 65, Santaluces 49 - GUL (11-2): Ralat 27, Lafuente 20, Thomas 12, Chasin 4, Jackson 2. Halftime: GUL 37-20. Rebounds: Thomas 10. Assists: Ralat 4.


• Ransom Everglades 3, Westminster Christian 0: Casey Colucci (RE) 3 goals, Jake Deuel (RE) shutout. RE: 15-1-3

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