Miami High’s girls’ basketball team has won a lot of games this season on the dominant play of sophomore Beatrice Mompremier.
But on Tuesday night a short-handed yet resilient Dr. Krop squad found ways to limit the Stingarees star center and put them on the brink of elimination.
Miami High, however, collectively found a way to survive.
Senior guard Amanda Mendoza hit a clutch three-pointer with 2:45 remaining to put the Stingarees ahead and help them defeat the visiting Lightning 39-34 in a Region 4-8A semifinal.
Miami High (23-5) advanced to its first regional final since 2005 — the year it won its lone state championship — and will play Lourdes at 7 p.m. Saturday at Belen Jesuit.
“We got a little frustrated because we couldn’t score and they kept packing in their defense on Beatrice,” Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said. “They had a great game plan” They doubled the ball and we made a lot of mental errors.”
Krop (21-5) played without star wing N’Kiru Anyagaligbo, who coach Ray Thompson said was suspended for disciplinary reasons.
The Lightning still found a way to limit Mompremier to only eight points, including two in the first half. Anyagaligbo’s sister, Ogechi, matched up with Mompremier inside but got help from Krop’s guards who cut off passing lanes into the post.
Krop forced Miami High into 29 turnovers for the game and rallied from a 9-1 deficit to start the game to take a 26-14 lead early in the third quarter.
The Stingarees responded with a 12-0 run to end the third quarter with some stellar defense of their own. Mendoza finished with a game-high 10 points and four steals — tied with guard Melsheree Reid for a game-high in that category.
Miami High had 16 steals as a team and although she still struggled from the field, Mompremier finished with 11 rebounds and five blocks.
Guards Jasmine Albert, Kenova Gay and Briana Upshur kept Krop in it but could not make a shot in the final minutes following Mendoza’s go-ahead three-pointer.
“We had a bad practice [Monday], but we just have to get our focus back,” Baumgarten said. “The way Krop played tonight shows you what a great guy and coach [Thompson] is. Even though they lost some of their best players coming into the season, they still had a great team and those kids showed a lot of heart.”
KR (21-5): Carr 8, Alberts 7, Upshur 6, Gay 4, O. Anyagaligbo 6, Hines 3. MHS (23-5): Reid 3, Mendoza 10, Johnson 6, Smith 2, Kimbrough 6, Guerrero 2, Mompremier 8. Half: K 22-13. Three-pointers: Alberts, Mendoza 2. Rebounds: Mompremier 11. Assists: Mendoza 3. Steals: Mendoza, Reid 4. Blocks: Mompremier 5.
SOUTH DADE 11, SOUTHRIDGE 1
WP: Samantha Cardillo. LP: Serrano. Top performers: Nikki Rosado 2-2, 3B, 3 RBI. Lizzie Diaz 2-3, 2 3B, 4 RBI. Crystal Bennett 1-2, RBI.
PALMETTO 11, VARELA 1
WP: Amanda Guglietta (2-0). LP: Mesa. Top performers: Amanda Guglietta 3-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI. Gaby Spallone 2-3, 2 R, 2 RBI. Mia Bellinghieri 1-2, 2 R. PAL: 2-1.
BRADDOCK 14, SUNSET 4
WP: Ginyer Morales (2-0). LP: Miguel. Top performers: Beatriz Navarro 2-3. Natalie Benedit 2-3. Alyssa Flores 2-4, 3 RBI.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 8, PRINCETON CHRISTIAN 6
WP: Megan Romanik (1-1). Top performers: Megan Romanik 2-2, 2 2B, 3 RBI. Kathiana Durney 3-3, R. Tiffany Ospin 2-4 2 R. Jensen Rayburn RBI, R. AC 2-2.
FERGUSON 17, CORAL PARK 7: FER 1-3.
BARBARA GOLEMAN 10, RONALD REAGAN 0 (6)
WP: Francis Santos (1-1). Top performers: Jessica Costero 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB. Chastity Velez 2-2, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB. Sharon Zamora 2-3, HR, 6 RBI.
MIAMI SPRINGS 11, MIAMI BEACH 1 (5)
WP: Taylor Navarro (1-0). Top performers: Taylor Navarro 3-3, HR, RBI. Nicole Borroto 2-4, HR, 2 RBI. Geneva Santos 3-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI. MS 4-0.
LATE MONDAY — MATER ACADEMY 15, WESTLAND 0 (3)
WP: Amanda Garcia (4-0). Top performers: Amanda Garcia no hitter, shutout, 4K, 1-3, RBI, R. Kassandra Ordoqui 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R. Ailani Lourerio 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R. MA 4-0
GOLEMAN 4, SUNSET 2
WP: Sean Carrasco 2K. LP: A. Diaz. Top performers: Erick Delgado 2-3, run. Javier Perdomo 2-3, run, SB. Daniel Ruiz 1-2, 2 RBI
SOUTH DADE 15, FERGUSON 0 (4)
WP: Adam Roush. LP: Morrell. Top performers: Jordan Garcia 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R. Shane Castro 2-3, HR, 2B, RBI. Jori Rodriguez 1-2, 2 RBI.
BELEN 3, MOURNING 2
WP: Danny Parets. LP: Reyes. Top performers: Parets 5 IP, 7 K. David Guevara 1-3, 2B, RBI. Alex Cabrera 1-2, BB, R, 2 SB. BEL 1-0.
RANSOM 8, MARATHON 1
WP: Chris Rossi (1-0). LP: Pierce. Top performers: Chris Rossi 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 K. Matthew Heisenbottle 2-4, 2B, RBI, R. Jimmy Gutierrez 1-2, 2 RBI.
CORAL PARK 12, MIAMI CHRISTIAN 2
WP: Mathew Perez. Top performers: Ariel Laries 3-4, 3 RBI. Adrian Cuesta 3-4, 2B, RBI. Jossuan Gonzalez 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI. CP 2-1.
HIALEAH MIAMI LAKES 12, NORTHWESTERN 0 (6)
WP: John Calmbacher (1-0). Top performers: John Calmbacher 4 IP, 9 K, 2-2, RBI. Jose Mora 2-2, 2B, 4 RBI. Julio Santana 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI. HML 1-0.
BRITO 12, DADE CHRISTIAN 4
WP: Angel Cortes (1-0). LP: Munoz. Top performers: Savian Fernandez 2-3, 3 RBI. Marco Bolanos 3-3, 2 RBI. Diosvanny Boulet 2-3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI. BRI 3-0.
SOUTHWEST 19, SOUTH MIAMI 4
WP: Katherine Dube. Top performers: Alex Castellanos 2-3, HR. Sam Lanzas 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI. Stephanie Lobo HR, 3 RBI.
WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 12, SOMERSET 2
WP: Auerbacher (1-0). Top performers: Julian Infante 3-3, HR, double, 4 RBI. Dakota Robbins 3-3, HR, 5 RBI. Jared Walsh 1-2, HR, 3 RBI.
TERRA 7, RONALD REAGAN 4
WP: Frank Bartow. LP: Cortes. Top performers: Alexis Valladares 2-3, 3 RBI. Nick Lopez 3 R. Alex Saavedra 1-3, RBI.
LATE MONDAY — JACKSON 17, MIAMI CENTRAL 0
WP: Bryan Rodriguez (1-0). Top performers: Bryan Rodriguez 3 IP, 8 K.
LATE MONDAY — SOUTHWEST 7, PALMETTO 3
WP: Fernando Rabel (1-0). LP: Ian Exposito (0-1). Top performers: Luis Gutierrez 2B, 3 RBI. Chris Mourelle 2-4. Carlos Pena 2 2B. SW 1-0.
• International Studies 7, Westminster Christian 0: Renato Smith won No. 1 singles 8-5. Basil Rohrer won No. 2 singles 8-0. Pierre Fabre won No 3. Singles 8-3. IS 2-1.
• Palmetto 7, Southwest 0: Danny Trainor won No.1 singles 6-4, 6-4. Victor Garcia won No.2 singles 6-1, 6-1. Jake Guttentag won No.3 singles 6-0, 6-0. PAL 2-0.
• Miami Springs 7, Carol City 0: Kefyn Tamboboy won No.1 singles 8-0. Cory Harrington won No.2 singles 8-0. Jose Suarez won No.3 singles 8-1. Harrington and Suarez won No.1 doubles 8-1.
• Doctors Charters 7, Dade Christian 0: Santiago Zurita won No.1 singles 8-0. Steve Million won No.2 singles 8-0. Daniel Strouse won No.3 singles 8-7. DC 1-0.
• Coral Gables 7, Miami High 0: Danny Spatz won No.1 singles 8-2. Mirko Radosevic won No.2 singles 8-2. Cristian Gazzolo won No.3 singles 8-0. CG 2-0.
• Palmetto 7, Southwest 0: Cary Milanes won No.1 singles 8-0. Sophia Dao won No.2 singles 8-0. Natalie Calderon won No.3 singles 8-0. PAL 2-0.
• Doctors Charters 7, Dade Christian 0: Mia Irwanto won No.1 singles 8-0. Ashely Rolle won No.2 singles 8-1. Isabella Trias won No.3 singles 8-1. DC 1-0.
• Coral Gables 5, Miami High 2: Sonja Radosevic won No.1 singles 8-2. Cynthia Diaz won No.2 singles 8-3. Sonja Radoesvic and Paulina Bejar won No.1 doubles 8-2. CG 2-0.
TRACK & FIELD
Late Monday — Roaring Lions Time Trials at Westminster Academy — Boys: Thomas D’Onofrio (WA) won high jump. Connor Guidry (AMH) won pole vault. Mark Aguilar (AMH) won long jump. Matthew Santovenia (FC) won triple jump. Walter Tucker (AMH) won discus, 100 hurdles. Brandon Boyce (US) won shot put. Brandon Bejarano (WA) won 1600m. Isaiah McKenzie (AMH) won 100m. Khari Herbert (AMH) won 400m. Ben Manuel (TC) won 800m.
Girls: Keeley Casey (WA) won high jump. Paulina Johansson (RE) won pole vault. Marina Gatihno (FC) won long jump. Georgia Smith (WA) won triple jump. Isabella Luke (WA) won discus, shot put. Beatriz Ruan (RE) won 1600m. Khadeeja Dooling (AMH) won 100 hurdles. Jimlyn Laurent (WA) won 100m. Diamond Spaulding (AMH) won 400m. Daesha Rogers (AMH) won 800m.
Class 1A state championship at Melbourne: Hillel vs. Tampa Prep, 5
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Coral Reef at South Miami, 7
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Miami Springs at Hialeah Gardens, 7
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Carol City at Miami High, 7
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Columbus at Palmetto, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal: Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy at Norland, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal: Northwestern at Pembroke Pines Charter, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Key West at Ransom Everglades, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Booker T. Washington at Davie University School, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Coconut Creek North Broward Prep at Archbishop Carroll, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Doral at Gulliver, 7
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Miami Country Day at Florida Christian, 7
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Westminster Christian at Archbishop Curley, 7
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Hebrew Academy at Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran, 7
Region 4-2A quarterfinal at Northwest Christian: Hollywood Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Champagnat Catholic, 7