After trailing by as much as 11 points against Miramar, Flanagan rallied in the second half behind the shooting of Patricia Albano and its pressure defense as the host Falcons defeated district rival Miramar 58-46 in the region 3-8A semifinal in Pembroke Pines.
Albano finished with 19 points and five rebounds. Laura Morency also added 19 points and four assists for the Falcons. Flanagan will host Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer in the regional final.
Throughout the first half, Miramar controlled the paint, as center Rickae Jinks scored, blocked shots and rebounded at will against the smaller frontcourt of Flanagan. The Patriots’ pressure defense led to multiple turnovers as guard Samauria Bridges led the Patriots to multiple fast-break points. Miramar (19-6) went on a 10-2 run to take a 20-11 lead midway in the second quarter and took a 28-17 lead at halftime.
“Our defense in the first half was out of position a lot,” Flanagan coach Latravis Bernard said. “Offensively, we didn’t execute. In the second half, we were able to turn that around.”
Flanagan (22-3) came out in the third quarter with better energy on defense as it pressed Miramar’s guards into multiple turnovers. The Patriots struggled to establish Jinks inside the paint for most of the second half.
“We rotated the ball well in the first half, “ Miramar coach Pat Woods said. “In the second half, that did not happen.”
Albano led Flanagan in the third quarter as she scored nine of the first 11 points for the Falcons. Morency scored five consecutive points in the third to give the Falcons a 33-31 lead late in the quarter. The Falcons closed the quarter leading 37-34.
Miramar cut the deficit to 41-40 with 5:40 to play in the game. Albano and Morency’s aggressive penetration to the basket led to multiple trips to the free-throw line. Morency (6-for-6) and Albano’s (5-for-6) shooting from the line late fueled a 17-6 run to close out the game.
“We realized that we just had to pick it up,” Albano said. “The second half was about heart and who wanted it more. We did not want to end our season early.”
FLAN (22-3): Albano 19, Morency 19, Oramas 9. MIR (19-6): Bridges 17, Jinks 13, Lee 8, Daniel 8. Halftime: MIR 28-17. Rebounds: Cortes 10, Albano 5. Assists: Oramas 5, Morency 4.
• Region 4-7A semifinal — Nova 52, South Broward 48: Two weeks ago, Nova watched as South Broward celebrated a district championship following a 61-49 win.
Thursday night, it was the Titans celebrating on South Broward’s home floor following a 52-48 win over the Bulldogs Tuesday night in the Region 4-7A semifinal. They will travel to the Lake Worth-Palm Beach Lakes winner Saturday.
Bernadette Devaney hit an awkward floater off the glass from a difficult angle from about eight feet out, giving the Titans a 50-48 lead with 36.9 seconds to play. After a South Broward turnover, Trellanie English-Lurry hit a pair of free throws with 25.2 seconds left to seal the game.
“It was probably one of the better basketball games I could talk about in Broward County history. Nobody had control all night long,” Nova coach Jason Hively said. “Our team hung in there. We got some stops in there at the end. I am still trying to figure out how [Devaney’s] shot went in.”
Adjustments were the key though as Hively said he made some changes coming into the game.
“When you see somebody a lot, you just got to keep the girls positive,’’ Hively said. “We made a few keys adjustments tonight. We played good basketball and made some adjustments and it made the difference.”
Devaney led Nova with 18 points and 10 rebounds, including four three-pointers, one late in the game that gave Nova a four-point lead and one at the buzzer in the third quarter that tied the game.
With no one in control, the up-and-down pace had the crowd on its feet for much of the game. The largest lead of the game was six points in the first quarter. Every time one team made a run, the other responded.
South Broward led 22-17 in the second quarter only to see Nova run off eight straight to finish the half with a 25-22 lead. The Bulldogs came right back to start the third with eight straight points and took a 30-25 lead behind the play of Briyana Lloyd, who dominated the boards and had a plethora of second-shot opportunities. Lloyd finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
“We were working hard on defense and [Lloyd] had a lot of tough buckets. She’s a great player and has a great inside game and was the reason they were here,” Hively said.
But Nova came right back and took a 31-30 lead. Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the way.
NOVA (20-7): Devaney 18, Roberts 6, Cowart 4, K. Lurry 10, English-Lurry 14. SB (17-6) – Pester 9, Spatafore 2, Jackson 2, Brito 15, Lloyd 18, Ingraham 2. Half: NOVA 25-22. Three-Pointers: Devaney 4, Pester 2, Brito 5. Rebounds: Lloyd 14. Assists: Spatafore 6. Steals: Spatafore 4. Blocks: Lloyd. Fouled Out: Mack.
• Region 4-3A semifinal — Sagemont 50, Coral Springs Christian 44: Ebony Griffin’s dominating play under the boards, plus Coral Spring Christian’s poor free-throw shooting midway through gave Sagemont the rubber match against its district rival, 50-44, in Tuesday’s Class 3A regional quarterfinal at Coral Spring Christian.
Griffin led the Lions (20-8) with a season-high 24 rebounds to go with a team-leading 13 points as the Lions took two of three against the Crusaders, who ended their season at 21-6.
Sagemont controlled the game at the outset, leading 24-14 at the half after going on a 10-2 run during the last four minutes of the second quarter.
Sagemont went on to its biggest lead at 12 (26-14) on Meagan Rucker’s jumper early in the third quarter. The Crusaders managed to get to within three but couldn’t close the gap due in part to poor free-throw shooting and Sagemont’s edge on the boards (44-29).
SAG: Griffin 13, Black 11, Correa 9, Marshall 7, Rucker 6, Smith 2, Cole 2. CSC: Williams, White 13, Wilburn 6, Blake 5, Bell 4, Fuller 2. Halftime: SAG 24-14. Rebounds: Griffin 24. Steals: Smith 3, Cole 3. Assists: Wilburn 5
• Region 4-6A Semifinal — Norland 66, Archbishop McCarthy 32: The Vikings (26-3) went on a 17-0 run in the second quarter in an impressive victory over Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy (16-10) Tuesday night at Miami Norland.
With the win, the Vikings advance to the Region 4-6A final, where it will face either Fort Myers or Naples Barron Collier.
Senior Guard Brittany Dinkins finished with a game-high 23 points. Norland’s Danneal Ford scored 17 points and Jeanysha Jean-Baptiste had a game-high nine rebounds and seven points. Hayley Duren led Archbishop McCarthy with 11 points and five rebounds.
NOR: Dinkins 23, Ford 17, Jean-Baptiste 7, N. Roberts 6, K. Roberts 6, Williams 4, Lovett 3. ABM: Duren 11, Middleton 7, Kouri 6, Harrison 4, Periu 2, Amortegui 2. Halftime: NOR 46-20. Three-pointers: Dinkins 2, Ford, Middleton. Rebounds: Jean-Baptiste 9. Assists: Dinkins 5. Steals: Dinkins 5.
• Region 4-4A semifinal — Coral Springs Charter 65, Monsignor Pace 45: Having gotten a taste of the final four in Lakeland a year ago, Coral Springs Charter are closing in again. The Panthers traveled to Monsignor Pace on Tuesday night and turned in a 20-point victory over the Spartans in a Region 4-4A semifinal contest at Pace High School.
The Panthers (22-7) are one win away from getting back to Lakeland and will host Gulliver Prep on Saturday night in a regional final.
“We’re on a mission to get back to Lakeland,” said Cee Cee Wojcik, Charter’s 6-1 center who was one of four Panthers in double figures and led the way with 15 points and 17 rebounds. “We lost by two points [Fort Myers Dunbar] in the semifinals last year and now we want to get back up there and try and finish the job.”
CSC (22-7): Wojcik 15, Wyatt 14, E. Williams 13, Hall 10, Smith 4, J. Williams 2, Vardi 1. MP (13-14): McCloud 16, Floyd 13, Harrington 12, Nairn 2, Brown 2. Halftime: CSC 33-23. Three-pointers: E. Williams 3, Smellie 2, Floyd 2, McCloud, Harrington. Rebounds: Wojcik 17. Assists: E. Williams 6. Steals: Hall 3
• Region 4-2A semifinal — Sheridan Hills Christian 51, Hebrew Academy 48 (OT)