Nova advances to regional semifinals


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Nova is accustomed to being the smaller team.

Despite being outrebounded by a 41-28 margin, the Titans proved to be the clutch team in the fourth quarter, going on a 9-0 run late in the fourth to eliminate host Coconut Creek 46-39 in Thursday’s Class 4-7A regional quarterfinals.

“We’ve been the smaller team, it seems, the last three years,” Nova coach Jason Hiveley said. “We just adjust our game.”

His Titans (19-7) will face South Broward in the regional semifinals. The Cougars finished their season at 23-3.

“I thought our girls did a good job winning on the road the way they did,” Hiveley said, “especially the way they took over the fourth quarter.”

The game was last tied at 37-37 before Nova scored nine unanswered points in a two-minute span.

Juniors Bernadette Devancey, who finished with a game-high 20 points, and Kiani Lurry (14 points) scored all the points during the spurt, ending the run with Nova’s biggest lead at 46-37 with 1:20 remaining.

“We knew there was a chance we’d get outrebounded,” Devancey said, “so we had to make sure we covered ourselves on the offensive [possessions] with good, smart shots, and avoid the dumb fouls.”

Nova took a 27-24 halftime lead despite Creek’s advantage in rebounding (23-15). The Titans made up for their deficiency underneath with outside sharpshooting from Devancey, who led Nova with 15 first-half points, including three three-pointers.

Her second three-pointer off a pass from Trellaine England-Lurry gave the Titans their biggest lead of the half at 24-16 before Creek pecked away to close the gap to three.

The Cougars battled back, tying the score at 34 entering the fourth quarter before managing to score just two field goals the rest of the way.

Andreka Thompson and Tanease Richardson each scored seven points to lead the Cougars.

Richardson pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

NOVA: Devancey 20, Lurry 14, English-Lurry 4, Roberts 4, Lurry 2. CC: A. Thompson 7, Richardson 7, T. Thompson 6, Patterson 4, Josey 4, Mardis 4, Watson 2, Woods 2. Halftime: NOVA 27-24. Rebounds: T. Richardson 11. Assists: Devancey 5. Steals: Mardis 5.


After three seasons that included a district championship and two playoff seasons, coach Art Taylor stepped down from his post at Cooper City to accept the coaching job at Everglades High.

Taylor takes over for Rodney Rumph, who stepped down recently after only one season and a 4-6 record.

Taylor compiled a 23-11 record while at Cooper City, leading it to its first district championship in 2011 in a season that included the school’s first win over national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in 15 years. The Cowboys also won first-round playoff games in 2010 and 2011 — another first for the school.

“It’s always tough leaving behind kids and especially this group of kids that is so hard-working,” Taylor said. “The opportunity offered to me by Everglades was just too good to pass up, and I’m grateful to them for offering it to me.”

Before his stint at Cooper City, Taylor coached at Deerfield Beach, Zion Lutheran and Miami Sunset.

At Deerfield Beach, Taylor led the Bucks to the playoffs three times, including a state semifinal and regional final appearance.

At Sunset, he guided the Knights to a winning season in 2001, something the school had not done in 16 previous seasons.



• Region 4-2A quarterfina l — Hebrew Academy 49, Posnack 32 – HEB (16-0): Gordon 22, Dobin 16, Matis 6, Widroff 3, Suster 1, Slomianski 1. POS: Doobrow 11, Lindsey 7, Bak 6, Wernick 6, Sumkin 2. Halftime: HEB 15-12. Rebounds: Gordon 12. Assists: Gordon 6. Steals: Dobin 4

•  Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Sagemont 65, Lake Worth Trinity Christian 44 — SAG (19-8): Cole 10, Black 8, Rucker 3, Smith 6, Pierre 4, Griffin 14, Correa 12, marshall 8. TC (14-7): McCray 25, Thomas 14, Williams 3, Lugli 2. Halftime: SAG 36-11. Three-pointers: Smith 2, Marshall, McCray 7, Thomas 2. Rebounds: Griffin 14. Assists: Marshall 5. Steals: Cole 2, Griffin 2. Blocks: Correa 3


•  Late Wednesday — District 15-8A semifinal — South Miami 68, Braddock 46 – SM: Perez-Laham 17, Simmons 17, Lopez 10, Cratit 9, Bartley 8, Barney 2, Blanco 5. BRA: Farinas 16, Arrieta 7, Rosario 5, Echemendia 3, Ramos 6, Chiang 2, Garcia 6. Rebounds: Simmons 21. Assists: Perez-Laham 8. Steals: Barney 3.

•  Late Wednesday — District 15-3A semifinal — Miami Country Day 61, Hillel 49 - MCD (21-5): Clements 2, Cordero 1, Parizo 20, Woodside 15, Alvarez 3, Zimmer 7, Gomez 3, Kydd 10. HIL: Kaswan 14, Wainer 12, Paniry 4, Fremizon 2, Babani 13, O’Hayon 4. Three-pointers: Parizo, Alvarez, Kaswan, Wainer 2, Babani 3 Rebounds: Kydd 10 Assists: Clements 5, Woodside 5


•  Archbishop McCarthy 7, Chaminade 0: Kelsey Berman won singles 8-2. Raquel Gil won singles 8-4. Antonella Castillo won singles 8-3.

•  Flanagan 6, Monarch 1: Smantha Arevalo won No. 1 singles 8-6. Natalia Fajardo won No. 3 singles 8-2. Anna Dushak won No. 4 singles 8-0. S. Arevalo/ L. Restrepo won No. 1 doubles 8-3. N. Fajardo/ A. Dushak won No. 2 doubles 8-0.

•  Late Wednesday — Coral Shores 6, Monsignor Pace 1: E. Leopoldo won No. 2 singles 8-0. J. Pena won No 3. singles 8-0. R. Walter won No. 4 singles 8-0. E. Williams/ E. Leopoldo won No. 1 doubles 6-3. R. Walters/ M. Cazado won No. 2 doubles 6-1


•  Archbishop McCarthy 5, Chaminade 2: Andrew Puglisi won singles 8-2. Bruno Dedeschi won singles 8-3. Chris Wheeler-Sabatino won singles 8-1

•  Flanagan 8, Monarch 0: Joey Garcia won No. 1 singles 8-1. Ethan Adre won No. 2 singles 8-1. Steven Yang won No. 3 singles 8-3. J. Garcia/ E. Adre won No. 1 doubles 8-0. S. Yang/ N. Manzato won No. 2 doubles 8-1.

•  Late Wednesday — Pace 4, Coral Shores 3: J. Lesende won No. 1 singles 8-0. O. Ibanez won No. 2 singles 8-5. S. Gaudix won No. 3 singles 8-6. J. Lesende/ O. Ibanez won No. 1 doubles 6-0. C. Houser/ G. Snell won No. 2 doubles 6-1




WP: Sofia Dominguez. LP: Amber Mendoza. Top performer: Sofia Dominguez


WP: Janelle Tato. Top performers: Amanda Portal 3-4, RBI. Victoria Conway 3-3, 3 RBI. Maya Elias 1-1, HR



WP: Jensen Rayburn 7Ks. Top performers: Alyssa Lambert 3 runs, 3 RBI. Rhian Romanik 3 runs, 2 RBI. Kathiana Durney 4 runs, 2 RBI


WP: Samantha Lanzas 9 Ks. Top performers: Alex Castellanos 2-3, HR, 4 SB, 5 RBI. Sarah Garcia 2-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI.


WP: Vanessa Flores 1-1. Top performers: Carolina Rodriguez 1-1, 2 runs. Amanda Senra 2-3, two runs. LOU 2-1



WP: Frank Rubio 5 K. LP: Givens. Top performers: Christian Denby 1-3, RBI. Ross Thibeault 1-2, RBI. Teddy Meissner 1-2, double.



District 15-7A semifinals at Boyd Anderson: Northeast vs. Boyd Anderson, 6; Monarch vs. Blanche Ely, 7:30

District 16-5A semifinals at Dillard: Hallandale vs. American Heritage, 6; Mourning-Pompano Beach winner vs. Dillard, 7:30

District 13-4A semifinals at University School: Cardinal Gibbons vs. University, 5; North Broward Prep-Somerset winner vs. Pine Crest, 7

District 14-3A semifinals at Coral Springs Christian: Westminster Academy vs. Sagemont, 5:30; Calvary Christian vs. Coral Springs Christian, 7:30

District 13-2A final at Zion Lutheran: 7


Class 5A state semifinal: Boca Raton at Cypress Bay, 7

Class 4A state semifinal at Dillard: Naples Gulf Coast vs. Fort Lauderdale, 7

Class 3A state semifinal: Bradenton Palmetto at American Heritage, 7


Region 3-3A at Lake Worth Park Vista – Prelims: noon

Region 4-3A at Reagan – Prelims: noon

Region 4-2A at Stuart Martin County – Prelims: noon

Region 4-1A at Cardinal Gibbons – Prelims: noon



District 11-8A final: Douglas at Deerfield Beach, 7

District 15-7A final at Boyd Anderson: 7

District 16-7A final at St. Thomas Aquinas: 7

District 15-6A final at Stranahan: Archbishop McCarthy vs. Pines Charter, 7

District 16-5A final at Dillard: 7

District 13-4A final at University: 7

District 14-3A final at Coral Springs Christian: 7


Class 3A state semifinal at Melbourne: American Heritage vs. Ponte Vedra, 10 a.m.


Region 3-3A at Lake Worth Park Vista – Semifinals: 10 a.m.; Consolation/championship finals: 6

Region 4-3A at Reagan – Semifinals: 10 a.m.; Consolation/championship finals: 6

Region 4-2A at Stuart Martin County – Semifinals: 10 a.m.; Consolation/championship finals: 6

Region 4-1A at Cardinal Gibbons – Semifinals: 10 a.m.; Consolation/championship finals: 6

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