The Norland girls’ basketball team didn’t like how it felt about itself when it walked off the court after its GMAC final loss two weeks ago at Miami High.
So much so that seniors Brittany Dinkins, Nia Roberts and Danneal Ford showed up the next morning — on a Saturday — at the team’s gym ready to find a way to get the squad back on track.
“We’ve had a whole different mind-set since we lost that game,” Dinkins said. “We didn’t have a championship mentality the way we were approaching games earlier this season. Our instinct now is get people down and don’t let up.”
Norland did exactly that Thursday night, routing visiting Fort Lauderdale 54-14 in a Region 4-6A quarterfinal.
The Vikings (25-3) will host Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy (16-9) in a regional semifinal Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they hope to move a step closer to a potential sixth trip to state in eight years.
With a defensive toughness that allowed them to score the game’s first 17 points, Norland forced a running clock early in the third quarter after their lead exceeded 35 points.
Brittany Dinkins led with 17 points and four steals, while Nia Roberts had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Dinkins has excelled this season, averaging a team-best 14.5 points per game after missing most of last season with a knee injury.
“We’re dreaming of a state title, and as seniors we know at this point there are no more do-over’s,” Dinkins said. “I fought back from that injury, and it’s felt great to be back and now I know nothing is impossible.”
Tyana Williams came off the bench to score 10 points and collect seven rebounds. Jamena Harvey also played well on the defensive end, forcing turnovers on Norland’s full-court pressure.
“I’m not one of those coaches that thinks you need a loss sometimes since we went 32-0 one season,” Norland coach Carla Harris-Curry said. “But I think you try to find the positives in any loss you can learn from.
“We had our struggles, but Brittany has come back strong, Nia is showing what a beast she can be on the court, Ford is getting everyone involved at the point and Jamena is really contributing on the defensive end. It’s been a blessing to see how this team has responded.”
FTL (15-11): Harris 2, Dejesus 2, Francois 8, DeGraff 2. NOR (25-3): Dinkins 17, Hilbert 4, Jean-Baptiste 7, N. Roberts 14, Williams 10, McCoy 2. Half: N 37-7. Three-pointers: Dinkins, Francois. Rebounds: N. Roberts, Williams 7. Assists: Ford 3. Steals: Dinkins 4.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Monsignor Pace 43, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 28: It didn’t matter that the Monsignor Pace girls’ basketball team walked into Thursday night’s Class 4A regional quarterfinal contest with a 12-13 record. Hosting Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, the Spartans, led by Maikala McLoud’s 17 points, had no problem disposing of the Chiefs as they cruised to the 15-point victory.
Pace, which avenged a 52-49 loss to Gibbons in this same round a year ago, will host Coral Springs Charter in a regional semifinal on Tuesday night.
CG (14-10): Williams 11, Cohen 8, Jones 5, Ozaltin 4. MP (13-13): McCloud 17, Floyd 13, Nairn 7, Wilson 3, Harrington 3. Halftime: MP 24-17. Three-pointers: McCloud 2, Wilson. Rebounds: Nairn 15. Assists: Harrington 8. Steals: McCloud 4
• Region 4-3A quarterfinal — Miami Country Day 58, Florida Christian 20: Looking like a serious contender for their first state title, the host Spartans (25-1) routed the overmatched Patriots (19-11). The Spartans, ranked No. 1 in the state in 3A, will play either Palmer Trinity or Archbishop Curley in Tuesday’s regional semifinals.
MCD: Minott 17, Swaby 12, Lewis 12, B. Blot 11, L. Blot 4, Kotalik 2. FC: Jimenez 9, Saumell 5, Renouf 2, Wright 2, Fontela 2. Halftime: MCD 47-10. Three-pointers: Jimenez 2, Saumell, Minott 3, Lewis.
• Region 4-6A quarterfinal — Archbishop McCarthy 44, Northwestern 35: Although they played without any seniors, the Mavericks managed to pull ahead and win in the final minutes. Freshman Hailey Duren scored a team-high 18 points and added nine steals and nine blocks. Archbishop McCarthy improved to 16-9 and will continue through the playoffs.
AM: Middleton 13, Periu 4, Amortegui 6, Duren 18, Kouri 3. NW: Noble 7, Allen 3, Dawkins 3, Huel 2, Gunn 5, Stalworth 15. Halftime: 21-17 AM. Three-pointers: Middleton 2, Noble. Rebounds: Duren 13. Assists: Middleton 2. Steals: Duren 9. Blocks: Duren 9.
• Region 4-8A quarterfinals — Krop 52, Miami Beach 43: After two years of making deep playoff runs, most thought that Krop would have more problems than it did answers after losing three of its top four players before the start of the season.
They had an answer Thursday night, defeating visiting Miami Beach in the Region 4-8A quarterfinals.
The Lightning (21-4) will face Miami High on Tuesday in the regional semifinals.
MB (20-8): Haney 22, Reque 11, Morgan 9, Jean 1. KROP (21-4): N. Anyagaligbo 15, Hines 12, Carr 6, Upshur 6, Gay 6, Alberts 5, Roberts 2. Halftime: KROP 21-11. Three-pointers: Haney 3, Alberts. Rebounds: Gay 10. Assists: 2 tied 3. Steals: Upshur 4.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Coral Springs Charter 58, Jackson 17: Miami Jackson’s girls traveled to Broward County to play Coral Springs Charter in a Region 4-4A quarterfinal game.
The Generals could not keep up with the host Panthers and lost.
Coral Springs Charter was led by Morgan Smellie with a game-high 14 points on four three-pointers to go along with four rebounds and four assist.
The Panthers’ pressure defense shut down the Generals, outscoring them 23-4 in the second quarter and took a 39-7 lead into halftime.
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CSC: Smellie 14, Hall 11, Wojcik 8, Wyatt 7, Williams 6, Smith 5, K. Williams 3, J. Williams 2, Vardy 2. JAC: Johnson 4, Hill 3, Pascal 3, Keaton 2, De La Rosa 2, Holt 2, Bellot 1. Three-pointers: Smellie 4, Hall 2, Williams, Pascal, Hill. Rebounds: Smellie 4, Holt 4. Assists: Smellie 4
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Ransom Everglades 43, St. Brendan 31: The Raiders (18-4) came out of halftime fired up and outscored the Sabres 11-2 in the third quarter to help clinch the Region 4-4A quarterfinal victory at Ransom Everglades.
With the win, the Raiders advanced to the Region 4-4A semifinal, where it will face Gulliver. The two teams met twice in the regular season and split the two games.
RE: Deutch 19, Crotty 8, Lopez 8, McDowell 4, Oppenhiem 4. SB: Falla 10, Martinez 9, Diaz 4, Rodriguez 3, Vargas 3. Halftime: RE 17-15. Three-Pointers: Oppenheim. Rebounds: Smith 12. Assists: Deutch 5. Steals: Deutch 7.
• Region 4-8A quarterfinal — Lourdes 63, Palmetto 23: From the opening tip to the final buzzer, the Lourdes Bobcats (26-1) were in full command as they cruised to a blowout victory over the Palmetto Panthers (13-10) in their quarterfinal matchup at Belen.
LOU (26-1): Farinas 2, Jordan 17, Buitrago 10, Campanella 5, Palmer 6, Vidal 5, Nunez 5, Suarez 13. PAL (13-10): Calice 9, Bistrong 3, Elliot 9, Alford 2. Halftime: LOU 48-12. Three-pointers: Jordan 2, Buitrago, Suarez, Calice. Rebounds: Palmer 12. Assists: Suarez 4 Steals: Jordan 5.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal — Gulliver 39, La Salle 30 - GUL (19-9): Nixon 8, Pyatt 4, Westbrooks 18, Gilbert 8. LAS (18-8): Noriega 1, Echevarria 4, Pena 2, Tilman 7, De La Madriz 7, Berry 6, Chapoteau 3. Halftime: GUL 19-10. Rebounds: Berry 8. Steals: Westbrooks 4