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Ivory propels Country Day to District 15-1A girls’ soccer title

 

Special to The Miami Herald

The Dade Christian girls’ soccer team looked like it was going to seal its 16th consecutive district title up a goal late on Miami Country Day in the District 15-1A final Friday.

But Country Day coach Kyllene Weiss pulled goalkeeper Laurel Ivory out of goal and Ivory scored a game-tying goal on an assist from Avery Watson with 3:47 to play to force overtime.

Ivory wasn’t done for the night.

With the game going into penalty kicks, Ivory had the clinching saves on Dade Christian’s fourth and fifth attempts to give Miami Country Day the upset victory, 1-1 (3-2 PKs), and crown the Spartans district champs.

The Spartans (10-9-2) will now face Westminster Christian in regional quarterfinals while the Crusaders (17-5-2) get District 16-1A champion Marathon.

Watson, Winona Paez and Gina Nacropolis scored the Spartans’ penalty kick goals on the team’s third, fourth and fifth attempts.

Dade Christian’s early goal was scored by Victoria Vandesande.

• Late Friday – District 11-5A final – Douglas 2, Taravella 1: The undefeated Douglas girls’ soccer team clinched its 20th consecutive district title with a 2-1 win over Taravella Friday. Bailey Leal and Brianna Raaf scored goals for the Eagles (21-0).

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

• MLK Classic – Hialeah Gardens 62, Dillard 52: In a battle of South Florida basketball heavyweights, it was defending Class 8A champion Hialeah Gardens that came up with the crucial plays to cement a wire-to-wire victory over Dillard in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic at Miami Central.

The Gladiators capitalized on their height advantage and the Panthers’ poor shooting — Dillard shot 22 of 57 from the field — to secure the win.

Hialeah Gardens senior Adrian Gonzalez, the leading scorer in Miami-Dade County, poured in a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Gonzalez, who added seven rebounds and a steal, got hot in the third quarter, making all four of his third quarter shots in a spurt that swelled the Gladiators lead to as many as eight.

The frontcourt combo of Alvaro Simoza and Henry Leonardo combined for 29 points and 23 rebounds for Hialeah Gardens. Dillard finished with 18 rebounds as a team.

The Panthers’ struggles could also be attached to the offensive struggles of senior guard Romello Walker. Walker, one of Dillard’s leading scorers this season, finished with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting and committed a pair of turnovers.

Tradon Smith finished with team highs in points and rebounds for the Panthers – 15 and eight respectively.

From the onset, Hialeah Gardens tried to work the ball inside to Simoza and he didn’t disappoint. Simoza’s combination of size and strength — 6-6, 245 pounds — forced the Panthers defense to collapse and open driving lanes for Gonzalez and Luis Huertas, who finished with seven points, five assists and three steals.

Dillard tried to speed up the tempo, closing the third gap to 46-40, but the absence of Walker’s shooting touch from the outside, the Panthers struggled to penetrate the Gladiators’ zone defense.

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• HG: Gonzalez 22, Simoza 19, Leonardo 10, Huertas 7, Sanchez 2, Frias 2. DIL: T. Smith 15, Dixon 12, Wright 11, Kennedy 8, Heastie 3, Walker 2, Osson 1. Halftime: HG 32-27. Fouled out: Wright. Technicals: Huertas. Three-pointers: Huertas, Simoza, Dixon, Heastie. Rebounds: Leonardo 12, Simoza 11. Assists: Huertas 5. Steals: Huertas 3.

• MLK Classic – St. Thomas Aquinas 71, Columbus 54: Using a balanced effort, St. Thomas Aquinas defeated Miami Columbus.

The Raiders had four players have double-digit point totals, led by Steven Haney’s 15 points. John Hunter was right behind with 14 points and Jason Wilkinson and Matt Maturah finished with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Columbus fought throughout, closing its deficit to within three and four points multiple times throughout the second and third quarter. St. Thomas’ height advantage and timely shots by Haney and Maturah kept the Explorers at bay.

Senior guard John Minervino did score a game-high 22 points for Columbus — hitting three three-pointers in the process — and Kevin O’Brien added 14 points, but no other Explorer produced much offensively.

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• COL (18-4): Rico 5, O’Brien 14, Durant 8, Minervino 22, Rodriguez 5. STA (13-3): Hunter 14, Haney 15, Downes 5, N’Diaye 4, Maturah 11, Umude 4, Wilkinson 13, Powell 3, Harvey 2. Halftime: STA 27-22. Three-pointers: Maturah 3, Powell, Minervino 4, O’Brien, Durant.

MORE BOYS’ BASKETBALL

• MLK Classic – Palm Beach Lakes 77, Miami High 68 – MH (13-6): Concepcion 7, James 19, Baez 9, Cook 2, Mompremier 25, Gualtien 5, Sierra 1. PBL (15-1): Rideau 20, St. Fort 8, Coleman 23, Caines 2, Williams 12, Cole 8, Gates 6. Three-pointers: Rideau 2, Williams 2, Coleman, James 5, Concepcion, Mompremier, Gualtien. Halftime: PBL 42-34.

• MLK Classic – American 58, Doral Academy 37 – AME (17-3): Foster 14, Spicer 14, Tavernier 2, Grant 3, Andrews 8, Escobar 8, Liz 14. DA (14-7): Ruiz 6, Garcia 6, Fernandez 4, Mendia 9, Oquendo 4, Solivan 2. Halftime: AME 29-16. Three-pointers: Spicer 2, Andrews, Garcia 2. Rebounds: Spicer, Amparo 8. Steals: Foster 3.

• Boyd Anderson 61, Monarch 27 – BA: Jean-Pierre 16, Eubanks 17, Wilson 7, I. Pierre 4, Joseph 4, Harris Jr. 3, Romaine 8, Carter 2. MON: Nicholas 5, Shaw 5, Banks 4, Vendryes 1, Siril 2, Peters 6, George 4. Halftime: BA 34-15. Three-pointers: Jean-Pierre, Wilson, Nicholas. Rebounds: Eubanks 8.

• Archbishop Carroll 63, Piper 44 – CAR (19-4): Amaro 15, Lima 13, Cohen 10, Brimah 8, Garcia 8, Leon 5, Fernandez 4. PIP: Daniels 18, Joseph 11, Burton 6, Robinson 5, Williams 2, Drummond 2. Halftime: CAR 29-19. Three-pointers: Lima 3, Amaro 3, Garcia 2, Cohen 2, Leon, Daniels 4, Joseph 2, Robinson. Rebounds: Brimah 10. Assists: Lima 8. Steals: Amaro, Leon 3. Blocks: Brimah 7.

• Palmetto 59, Coral Gables 57 (OT) – PAL (14-6): Coffey 26, Povea 12, Wasser 6, Parlic 6, De la Cruz 5, Koss 3, Malagon 1. Three-pointers: Coffey 3, Povea 2, Wasser, Koss. Rebounds: Coffey 12. Assists: Wasser 6. Steals: Coffey 3. Blocks: Parlic, Coffey 2.

• Late Friday – MLK Classic – Booker T. 76, Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer 51 – BTW (17-3): Spiller 18, Holcomb 18, Pitpit 3, Boyd 4, Passmore 9, Ray 8, Jackson 13, Henvill 3. DWY: Bakari 8, Davis 10, Gaines 5, Jean-Louis 6, Andors 3, Gonzalez 6, Huff 8, Howard 1. Halftime: BTW 37-23. Three-pointers: Spiller, Holcomb, Passmore, Ray, Gaines, Jean-Louis 2. Rebounds: Jackson 16. Assists: Spiller 11. Steals: Spiller 5. Blocks: Jackson 3.

• Late Friday – Miami Country Day 49, Archbishop Curley 44 – MCD (14-5): Clements 1, Cordero 2, Parizo 12, Woodside 4, Alvarez 3, Sherwood 3, Zimmer 11, Kydd 13. CUR: Lemonier 10, Cheron 13, Georges 2, Ermitus 2, Dorvil 5, Brown 8, Esquillian 4. Three-pointers: Alvarez, Cheron 2. Rebounds: Kydd 14. Assists: Clements, Woodside 3.

• Late Friday – Keys Gate 73, Colonial Christian 30 – KG: Gage 15, Reyes 14, Robinson 12. Rebounds: Moreau 10. Assists: Reyes 11. Steals: Moreau 5.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

• Lourdes 53, Miami High 41 – LOU: Farinas 6, Minervino 5, Jordan 19, Palmer 7, Nunez 2, Suarez 14. MH: Reid 8, Mendoza 12, Pierre 8, Johnson 3, Smith 6, Kimbrough 4. Halftime: LOU 31-21. Three-pointers: Minervino, Jordan 2, Mendoza 2. Rebounds: Farinas 6. Steals: Minervino 5. Assists: Jordan 7.

• Miami Country Day 69, Palmer Trinity 54 – MCD (21-0): Mackenzie 6, Swaby 12, B. Blot 10, Lewis 9, Minott 28, L. Blot 2, Kotalik 2. PT: James 19, Smith 10, Hebb 3, Granada 5, Parten 8, Waldman 9. Halftime: MCD 40-29. Three-pointers: James 4, Hebb, Lewis, Minott. Rebounds: Swaby 14. Assists: Lewis 8. Steals: Mackenzie 5.

• MLK Super Showcase – Sagemont 38, South Broward 34 – SAG (16-5): Black 12, Rucker 1, Smith 5, Pierre 2, Griffin 8, Correa 6, Marshall 4. SB: Pester 9, Spatafora 2, Jackson 5, Mack 5, Lloyd 13. Halftime: SAG 19-11. Three-pointers: Smith, Black, Pester. Rebounds: Griffin 11. Assists: Marshall 4. Steals: Rucker 2.

• Gulliver Prep 50, West Boca 34 – GUL (15-8): Bahadue 2, Westbrooks 19, Pyatt 10, Wirshing 10, Nixon 7, Gomez 2. WB: Mesdi 7, Petell 12, Wollitz 13, Terrel 2. Rebounds: Campbell 7. Assists: Wirshing 8. Steals: Wirshing 4. Three-pointers: Nixon, Wirshing 2, Mesdi.

• Late Friday – Miami Country Day 68, Archbishop Curley 10 – MCD (20-0): Mackenzie 4, Alvarez 4, Lewis 28, Minott 12, Kotalik 1, L. Blot 4, B.Blot 11, Swaby 4. CUR: Edgecomb 8, Hyppolite 1, Romanik 1. Halftime: MCD 51-4. Three-pointers: Lewis 5, Minott. Rebounds: Minott 6. Steals: Mackenzie, Minott 7. Assists: Lewis 5.

• Late Friday – MLK Super Showcase – Sagemont 58, Pace 54 – SAG (15-5): Cole 11, Black 9, Smith 6, Pierre 4, Griffin 10, Correa 12, Marshall 6. MP: Harrington 19, McCloud 19, Floyd 8, Cepeoucy 2, Narin 2, Samuel 4. Halftime: SAG 30-20. Three-pointers: Smith 2, Marshall, Harrington 4, McCloud 4, Floyd. Rebounds: Correa 15. Assists: Black, Correa 4. Steals: Pierre 2. Blocks: 2.

• Late Friday – MLK Super Showcase – American 47, Cardinal Gibbons 43 – AME (18-4): Jones 15, Smith 14, Bradshaw 13, David 3, J. Williams 2. CG (12-6): Ozaltin 2, Lanzon 4, Cohen 9, Jones 14, Williams 14. Halftime: CG 26-21. Three-pointers: David, Bradshaw, Jones 2. Rebounds: Smith 19. Assists: Jones 3. Steals: Bradshaw 4.

• Late Friday – Reagan 60, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 36 – RR (5-14): Arias 19, Calderon 8, Zamora 15, Rubio 4, Montoya 4, Cruz 5, Castro 2, Concepcion 3. HML: Pickney 4, Williams 4, Pellgrino 16, Matamora 4, Mallad 8. Halftime: RR 32-23. Three-pointers: Cruz, Williams. Foul-out: Rios.

BOYS’ SOCCER

• Ransom Everglades 3, Palmer Trinity 0: Casey Colucci 2 goals. Matt Lirman goal. Jake Deuel shutout. RE: 18-2-3.

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