South Miami girls oust Coral Reef


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Kaneeshia Brown scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Region 4-8A quarterfinals to lead South Miami (24-4) to a 55-47 win at Coral Reef on Thursday night.

Brown benefited from the sharp game management of point guard Tamarra Graham, who tallied 10 points and eight assists. Graham exuded a calming influence in a sloppy game that featured more turnovers than field-goal attempts.

The Cobras were slow out of the gate, allowing multiple offensive rebounds and trailing 15-10 after the first quarter. But Brown and Graham spurred a 17-3 run in the second quarter, and Simone King snuck out for three easy transition baskets to start the third.

“At halftime we made a plan to change the momentum. We went with two bigs — one to rebound and another to just box out,” South Miami coach Unethia Fox said.

The switch helped to close the gap on the boards, and the Cobras pounded the ball inside in the second half.

Ariana Arabitg had 13 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks, leading the Barracudas (20-5) along with Janesha Hollin (20 points) in a game effort to keep their season alive.

South Miami will next face a powerful Lourdes team that has defeated the Cobras in three consecutive playoff matchups.

•  Region 4-8A quarterfinal — Miami High 57, American 31: Outrebounding American 52-22 and holding the Patriots to single-digit scoring in every quarter, the Miami High girls’ basketball team prevailed at home.

Miami High (22-5) advances to face Krop, the team that has eliminated the Stingarees in the past two postseasons, in the regional semifinals Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Beatrice Mompremier had a double-double of 14 points and 16 rebounds. At one point in the fourth quarter the 6-4 sophomore center, who also blocked six shots, went on a 6-0 run by herself with three consecutive put-back tips-ins.

“Beatrice is a load in the middle,” Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said. “They don’t have a lot of bigs, and since they don’t have anyone to really match up with her, she’s going up and she’s getting the boards.”

Tynesha Johnson scored 10 points for the Stings, and Amanda Mendoza added nine, all on three-pointers.

Miami High’s press defense frustrated American, which ended its season with a record of 19-7. The Patriots’ leading scorer throughout the season, D’Ajahnae Smith, scored only three points, and second-leading scorer Shanaya Jones finished with six.

The start of Thursday’s game was delayed 45 minutes because the bus driver for American was late in picking up the team from its Hialeah campus.


MH: Mendoza 9, Mompremier 14, Kimbrough 6, Johnson 10, Pierre 2, Guerrero 2, Smith 8, Dukes 1, Jackson 2, Reid 3. AM: Bradshaw 9, Williams 3, Smith 3, David 6, Arellano 2, Jones 6, Gibson 2. Halftime: MH 27-15. Three-pointers: Mendoza 3, Johnson, Bradshaw 2, David 2. Rebounds: Mompremier 16. Assists: Kimbrough 4. Steals: Smith 3. Blocks: Mompremier 6.


• Columbus running back Lorenzo Woodley signed with the University of Massachusetts. Woodley ran for 1,086 yards and a county-best 24 touchdowns, 10 of them in the playoffs.

Woodley is the No. 9 overall prospect in Miami-Dade County in the 2013 class and was originally being recruited by several FBS schools including USF, Cincinnati, N.C. State and Purdue. But Woodley had to restart the recruiting process with all four of those schools after recent coaching changes at each institution.

• Jackson wide receiver Vincent Hall signed with NAIA Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Hall led the Generals receivers with 591 yards on 43 receptions, averaged 13.7 yards per catch and had five TDs.



•  Region 4-2A quarterfinal — 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


•  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.

•  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




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.


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



WP: Christina Bramblett. LP: Yesi Mondragon. Top performers: Zaria Hall 1-1. SD 1-0


•  Ransom Everglades 6, LaSalle 1: Antonio Mora won No.4 singles 8-0. Samuel Rubell won No.5 singles 8-0. RE 2-0

•  Miami Springs 5, Goleman 2: David Fernandez won No. 1 singles 8-1. Kefyn Tamboboy won No. 2 singles 8-0. Cory Harrington won No. 3 singles 8-0

• TERRA 6, Varela 1: Luis Diamanti won singles 7-5, 5-7, 10-5. Charles Ogden won singles 6-3, 6-1. Karl Hallstrand won singles 6-0, 6-3. Brian Melamud won singles 6-0, 6-1

•  Late Wednesday — Monsignor 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


•  Miami Springs 4, Goleman 3: Jocelyn Salazar won No. 1 singles 8-3. Erica Bradley won No. 2 singles 8-4. Lantian Fang won No. 5 singles 8-0. Salazar/ Bradley won No. 1 doubles 8-5

•  Ransom Everglades 6, LaSalle 1: Allegra Hanlon won No.1 singles 8-0. Lindsey Mendelson won No.2 singles 8-2. Heather Boehm won No.3 singles 8-0. RE 1-0

•  Gulliver 7, Palmer Trinity 0: Olivia Thaler won No. 1 singles 8-0. Julieta Dalmau won No. 2 singles 8-0. Madeline Benn won No. 3 singles 8-0. GUL 2-0

•  TERRA 6, Varela 1: Victoria Cambe won singles 8-0. Karla Perez won singles 8-1. Jessica Waddell won singles 8-0. TER 2-0

•  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



District 13-8A final: Hialeah Gardens at Carol City, 7

District 14-8A final at Miami High: 7

District 15-8A final at Braddock: South Miami vs. Columbus, 7

District 16-8A final at Southridge: Coral Reef vs. Palmetto, 7

District 16-6A semifinals at Columbus: Central vs. Northwestern, 5; Norland vs. Belen, 6:30

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

District 14-4A final at Monsignor Pace: Archbishop Carroll vs. Booker T. Washington, 7

District 16-3A final at Florida Christian: 7

District 15-2A final at Miami Christian: 7

District 16-2A final at Island Christian: 7


Class 2A state semifinal at Melbourne: Gulliver vs. Ocala Trinity Catholic, 8


Class 2A state semifinal: Tampa Berkeley Prep at Gulliver, 3



District 16-6A final at Belen: 3

District 15-4A final at Ransom: 7

District 16-4A final at Gulliver: 7

District 15-3A final at Archbishop Curley: 8

District 14-2A final at Northwest Christian: 8


Class 5A state semifinal at Melbourne: Lourdes vs. Oviedo, 4


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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