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.