Bernadette Devaney scored 26 points and Nova defeated Douglas 68-39 in the BCAA Big 8 girls’ basketball semifinals Friday night at South Plantation.
Dillard, which beat Coconut Creek 72-25 in the other semifinal, will play Nova for the sixth time in seven years for the championship Saturday night. Dillard beat Nova the first five times in the championship game before losing the Titans last season in the title game.
“I wouldn’t know what to if we didn’t play on a Saturday night in January,” Hively said after the team clinched its seventh consecutive appearance in the championship game.
The Titans took over and put the hammer down in the third quarter after pressing Douglas into 35 turnovers.
Devaney scored 17 points, including a pair of threes that turned a 14-point halftime lead into a rout. The Titans (17-5) scored 12 of the first 16 points in the third quarter and built a 42-19 lead.
“I knew they [Dillard] were in the gym and wanted to send them a message for [Saturday night],” Devaney said. “It’s always a great feeling to play Dillard because you know their reputation and they always bring a big crowd.”
Dillard (20-2) made quick work of Coconut Creek opening up on a 12-0 run to start the game.
The Panthers heavy pressure was too much as they forced 25 turnovers in the first half and led 52-12 at the break, playing the entire second half in running clock.
NOVA (17-5): English-Lurry 12, Roberts 4, Devaney 26, Lurry 11, Cowart 6, Holmes 2, Corazza 4, Ducanson 2. DOU (17-5): Arinus 15, Mogent 11, Feig 5, Cooper 2, Enos 4, Rampersad 2. Halftime: NOVA 29-15. Three-pointers: Devaney 3, Mogent 2. Fouled Out: Cowart, Cooper, English-Lurry. Technical Fouls: Cooper.
DIL (20-2): Anderson 6, Wright 15, Adams 8, Clayton 8, Green 14, Myers 5, Burns 6, Wilks 2, Lee 3, Johnson 5. CC (21-2): Richards 11, Allen 1, James 5 Thompson 8. Halftime: DIL 52-12. Three-pointers: Richards, Clayton 2, Myers, Lee.