Coral Springs Charter closing in on history


If you go

What: State girls’ basketball finals.

When: Through Saturday.

Where: The Lakeland Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland.

Admission: $10 per session; Parking: $7 per day.

Wednesday’s results — Class 3A semifinals: Daytona Beach Father Lopez 50, Clearwater Calvary Christian 41; Miami Country Day 60, Seffner Christian 51; Class 1A championship: South Walton 58, Chipley 49; Class 2A championship: Tallahassee FAMU 57, Land O’Lakes Academy at the Lake 34.

Thursday’s schedule — Class 6A semifinals: Winter Haven vs. Fort Walton Beach Choctawatchee, noon; Miami Norland vs. Orlando Edgewater, 1:30; Class 4A championship: Coral Springs Charter vs. Jacksonville Ribault, 4:35; Class 3A championship: Father Lopez vs. Miami Country Day, 8:05.

Special to The Miami Herald

Late Tuesday night, after her team had overcome 29 points and 13 rebounds from the top-ranked player in the state, Coral Springs Charter coach Ericka Haney chatted with reporters while one of her beige pumps rested in her left hand.

“My feet are tired,” Haney said simply.

The symbolism should not be ignored, however.

Her Panthers (24-7) could be the basketball equivalent to Cinderella, and the shoe might just fit perfectly 4:35 p.m. Thursday when the Panthers face another monumental challenge in Lakeland.

Coral Springs Charter will play Jacksonville Ribault (30-0) — one of only two undefeated teams in Florida — in the battle for the Class 4A girls’ basketball state championship.

Last year, the Panthers made it to the state semifinals for the first time in the program’s history, losing by two points to Fort Myers Dunbar.

“We had a goal in mind since last year,” said Haney, who was an assistant on that team. “We came here to win a state title.”

Now Coral Springs Charter will have to face a Ribault program that has won more girls’ basketball state titles (eight) than any school in Florida history — not that it matters to the Panthers.

After all, the Panthers have already overcome the loss of Aisha Edwards, a 5-6 point guard who was ranked third in the state in the junior class by ESPN. She was dismissed from the team due to disciplinary issues, according to Haney.

On Tuesday, the Panthers showed they can still rise to a challenge, rallying from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Fort Orange Atlantic 53-50.

Coral Springs Charter was led by Emily Williams, a 5-5 junior guard who scored 24 points — more than twice her season’s average. She made 9 of 18 shots, including a pair of three-pointers, to power the Panthers.

Atlantic’s Ronni Williams — no relation to Emily Williams — had a huge second half with 24 points and made 10 of 19 shots overall after missing her first five. She finished with 29.

Ronni Williams, a 6-2 forward and a University of Florida recruit, came in 13th on ESPN’s list of the nation’s top prospects.

“Our strategy was to double team her,” Coral Springs Charter guard Morgan Smellie said, “because one on one was probably going to kill us.”

The Panthers, of course, did not die and now have just one more game to win to silence all the doubters who thought their season was over when Edwards was dismissed.

“There’s no reason to doubt us,” Smellie said of her team’s surprising run to the state final. “With or without Aisha, we have each other, and that’s never going to change.”

Panthers guard Jade Wyatt said she never took the skeptics seriously.

“In my head, I just had to laugh,” she said. “Honestly, I know Thursday we’re going to win.”




WP: Angie Norris 4K. LP: Pericles.



WP: Sarah Maloney 5IP 11K (2-0). LP: Katie Kalasunas (2-1). Top performers: Maddie Gott 1-3, HR. Monika Garabedian 3-3, run. CB 4-0



WP: P. Fairchild (2-0). LP: N. White 2-2. Top performers: Casey Huber 3-4, 2 SB, RBI, 4 runs. Paulo 2-3, triple, 2 RBI, run. CSC 3-0


•  Late Tuesday — Ransom Everglades 4, Nova 3: Jordan Bluestein won No. 1 singles 8-4. T. Vulcain won No. 2 singles 8-2. L. Vailoces won No. 3 singles 8-2. Vulcan/Vailoces won No. 1 doubles 8-6. Espe/Emery won No. 2 doubles 8-6

•  Late Tuesday — Pine Crest 5, Westminster Academy 2: Ned Shashova won No. 1 singles 8-2. Tyler Shevin won No. 4 singles 8-0. Davey Celentano won No. 5 singles 8-3. Ned Shashova/Ismail Ercan won No. 1 doubles 8-2. Chad Resnik/Tyler Shevin won No. 2 singles 8-0.


•  Late Tuesday — Ransom Everglades 6, Nova 0: S. Gonzalo won No. 1 singles 8-0. J. Charles won No. 2 singles 8-0. Maria Unigarro won No. 3 singles 8-0. Gonzalo/Charles won No. 1 doubles 8-0. Carrea/Ta won No. 2 doubles 8-1

•  Late Tuesday — Pine Crest 6, Westminster Academy 1: Dax Seidlin won No. 2 singles 8-0. Amanda Gomez won No. 3 singles 8-1. Abby Tartell won No. 4 singles 8-0. Danielle Shecter/Gillian Grove won No. 1 doubles 8-0. Taylor Bogdon/Sylvia Rosner won No. 2 doubles 8-0


Late Tuesday — Archbishop McCarthy Home Meet No. 1 – Girls: Jenna Eljaua (AM) won 100m. Tayler McDuffie (CC) won 200m, shot put, discus. Kayla Burke (NBP) won 400m, 100 hurdles. Marianne Aguilar (AM) won 800m. Katie Pinnell (NBP) won 1600m. Sara Bowden (AM) won 3200m. Jessica Brownell (CC) won 300 hurdles, pole vault. Archbishop McCarthy won 400 relay, 1600 relay, 3200 relay. Alia Hammer (CC) won high jump. Faith Cone (CC) won long jump. Rachel Sieradzan (CC) won triple jump.

Boys: Philip Martin (CC) won 100m. Roger Pettingell (CC) won 200m, 400m. Max Shooster (NBP) won 800m. Pasha Gulibert (CC) won 1600m. Jonathan Klumpp (NBP) won 3200m. Josiah Swinton (CC) won 110 hurdles. Bruce Brown (CC) won 300 hurdles. Calvary Christian won 400 relay. Archbishop McCarthy won 1600 relay, 3200 relay. Marco Collie (AM) won high jump. Asher Shashaty (CC) won pole vault. Jordan Cabral (CC) won long jump, triple jump. Nicholas Bost (AM) won shot put. Nahel Abugattas (CC) won discus.


Cardinal Gibbons 9, Douglas 11: Kate Ingerto 4 goals, Lauren Burns 4 goals

•  Late Tuesday — Pine Crest 14, Miami Palmetto 2: Carli Marsh 4 goals, 2 assists. Sabrina Udwin 2 goals, 4 assists



Coconut Creek vs. Boyd Anderson (Home), 3:45

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Cooper City (Home), 6:30

Piper vs. Coral Glades ( Home), 6:30

Coral Springs vs. Douglas (Home), 3:45

Stranahan vs. Hallandale (Johnson Park), 3:45

Nova vs. McArthur (Home), 6:30

Miami Country Day vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Lakes Optimist), 6:30

Miami Country Day vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pemb. Lks Opt.), 6:30

South Broward vs. Plantation (Home), 6:30

Taravella vs. South Plantation (Home), 3:45


Somerset Academy vs. Monsignor Pace (Pace), 3:30

Monarch vs. Coral Springs (Home), 4

South Plantation vs. Cypress Bay (CB), 4

Coral Glades vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4

Blanche Ely vs. Dillard (DIL), 4

Pompano Beach vs. Douglas (DOU), 4

West Broward vs. Everglades (EVR), 4

Miramar vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Cooper City vs. Northeast (Home), 4

Western vs. Nova (Home), 4

Coconut Creek vs. Taravella (Cypress Park), 4


Boyd Anderson vs. Coconut Creek (Home), 4

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Cooper City (Home), 6:30

South Plantation vs. Coral Springs (Home), 6:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Hollywood Hills (Home), 4

Deerfield Beach vs. Piper (Sunrise Athletic Complex ), 4

South Broward vs. Plantation (Home), 6:30

Dillard vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach), 4

Coral Glades vs. Taravella (Home), 6:30

Coral Springs Charter vs. Archbishop Curley (CUR), 4

Coral Springs Charter vs. Archbishop Curley (Curley), 4


Cardinal Gibbons vs. American Heritage (AHP), 4

Monarch vs. Coral Springs (CS), 4

South Plantation vs. Cypress Bay (CB), 4

Coral Glades vs. Deerfield Beach (DB), 4

Blanche Ely vs. Dillard (DIL), 4

Pompano Beach vs. Douglas (Home), 4

West Broward vs. Everglades (EVR), 4

Miramar vs. Flanagan (Home), 4

Ft Lauderdale vs. Hallandale (Golden Isle), 4

Cooper City vs. Northeast (NE), 4

Western vs. Nova (Home), 4

Coco. Creek vs. Taravella (Cypress Park), 4

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