The Spartans were led by the trio of Breanna Blot, Danielle Minott and Channise Lewis on offense, combining for 41 of the team’s 53 points. Blot led the way with a team-high 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, combining for just 11 points to open up the game, but the Spartans offense burst to life with an 18-point second quarter to take a 22-13 lead at the half.
MCD (26-1): B. Blot 15, Lewis 12, Mackenzie 2, Minott 14, Kotalik 4, L. Blot 2, Swaby 4. PTS (24-4): Gonzalez 2, James 2, Smith 6, Hebb 8, Granada 7, Parten 9. Halftime: MCD 22-13. Three-pointers: Minott 2. Rebounds: Blot 13. Assists: Lewis 5. Steals: Lewis 5.
• Region 4-6A Semifinal — Norland 66, Archbishop McCarthy 32: The Vikings (26-3) went on a 17-0 run in the second quarter and never looked back in an impressive victory over Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy (16-10) at Miami Norland High.
The first quarter was closely contested and each team traded leads. Toward the end of the quarter the Vikings went on a small run and led 19-13 going into the second. Norland’s full-court press defense was key to the 17-0 run as it continuously forced Mavericks turnovers. Senior guard Brittanny Dinkins scored 19 first-half points and the Vikings led 46-20 going into halftime.
With the win, the Vikings advance to the Region 4-6A final where it will face either Fort Myers or Naples Barron Collier.
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, the Panthers of Coral Springs Charter are closing in again. CSC traveled to Monsignor Pace and turned in an impressive 20-point victory over the Spartans at Pace High School.
And with that, 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 game.
“We’re on a mission to get back to Lakeland,” said Cee Cee Wojcik, Charter’s 6-1 center who was one of four Panther players in double figures and led the way with 15 points and 17 rebounds. “We lost by two points [to 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 — Westwood Christian 52, Redland Christian 29: Down 9-4 in the first quarter, Westwood Christian quickly picked up the pace, outscored Redland 15-6 in the third quarter and emerged victorious. It will face Sheridan Hills in the regional final on Saturday.
WWC: Ridenour 3, N Rodriguez 13, Jenkins 22, Osceola 2, Perez-Carrillo 4, Morales 8. RC: Cobbs 4, Thompson 23, Bentley 2. Half: WWC 21-14 WWC. Three-pointers: Ridenour, N Rodriguez 2, Thompson 3. Rebounds: Jenkins 10, Perez-Carillo 10. Assists: Jenkins 4. Steals: Jenkins 2, N Rodriguez 2, Ridenour 2.
• Region 4-2A semifinal — Sheridan Hills Christian 51, Hebrew Academy 48 (OT)