Girls’ Basketball

Flanagan wins, heads to region final

 

Special to The Miami Herald

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.

RUDY RODRIGUEZ-CHOMAT

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).

CONCEPCION LEDEZMA

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.

DARREN COLLETTE

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.”

BILL DALEY

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)

Read more Broward High Schools stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
Kristi Isabelle, a home schooled senior representing the South Florida HEAT Team, won the 300m hurdle during the Region 4-1A track meet on Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014, at Killian.

    Track and field

    Westminster’s James achieves rare sprint triple at regionals

    Westminster Academy’s Andrew James showed the Region 4-1A field at Dade Christian why he’s become one of the biggest box office draws in Florida.

  • Water Polo

    STA sweeps to district titles

    Anna Smith-Johnson scored three goals as St. Thomas Aquinas put a halt to Fort Lauderdale’s improbable turnaround season in Thursday’s District 10 title game at Fort Lauderdale.

  • Tennis | Class 1A state championships

    Young Sagemont boys’ team finishes third at state

    With a young team already facing an uphill battle to defend Sagemont’s Class 1A boys’ tennis title, coach Steven Browne brought a few extra passengers up to this week’s state tournament.

Get your Miami Heat Fan Gear!

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category