Roundup

Country Day heads to final

 

If you go

What:The 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

The solution for Miami Country Day’s girls’ basketball team was simple.

“What got us in a rut in the first half was fouling,” Country Day senior forward Breanna Blot said. “We just needed to move our hands and feet without fouling.”

Once the Spartans did that, they were well on their way to a strong third quarter and an eventual 60-51 victory over Seffner Christian in a Class 3A state semifinal Wednesday in Lakeland.

Country Day advanced to play Daytona Beach Father Lopez 8:05 p.m. Thursday.

Father Lopez (26-5) won its only state title in 2005, but this will be Country Day’s first appearance in a championship game.

Spartans coach Ochiel Swaby said he feels the “burden” of trying to win this title for the school, but he didn’t see any signs of nervousness from his players on Wednesday.

The only problem, Swaby said, was the whistles. The Spartans (28-1) led just 25-24 at halftime after they were called for eight fouls.

“The press defense doesn’t work if we’re fouling,” Swaby said.

Seffner led 26-25 early in the third quarter, which is when the Spartans’ press finally started clicking. From there, the Spartans went on a 22-9 run to close the third quarter with a 47-35 lead.

The closest Seffner got after that was 57-51 with 53 seconds left, but the Spartans — despite making just 3 of 8 free throws in the final minute — were able to hold on for the win.

Blot had a game-high 16 points and eight rebounds. Fellow senior forward Onika Swaby added 15 points and seven rebounds. Eighth-grade point guard Channise Lewis had 15.points and seven assists, and sophomore guard Stephanie Mackenzie had eight points and a game-high seven steals.

Junior forward Danielle Minott, who is the team’s leading scorer on the season, was held to six points, but the Spartans survived with their balanced offense and press defense, which forced 28 turnovers.

Next up are the Green Waves, who advanced by beating Clearwater Calvary Christian, 50-41. Father Lopez held Calvary to 20.6 percent shooting.

The Waves are led by 5-9 senior point guard Shannon Cranshaw, who is averaging 22.2 points and 5.4 assists, and 6-1 senior forward Ashley Folsom, who chips in 18.7 points and 12.3 rebounds.

They played a tough schedule and beat Class 4A state semifinalist Port Orange Atlantic in the regular season.

Of the Waves’ five losses, four are against state semifinalists in larger classifications: Orlando Colonial (8A), Orlando Dr. Phillips (8A); Gainesville Buchholz (7A) and undefeated Jacksonville Ribault (4A). The other loss was to 4A regional semifinalist Lake Highland Prep.

Coach Swaby said he watched Father Lopez play earlier Wednesday but otherwise has no scouting report on them.

“They’re sneaky,” he said. “They hid all of their video. We, as coaches, have to try to find out as much as we can about them between now and Thursday night.”

BASEBALL

LATE TUESDAY — BELEN 2, HIALEAH MIAMI LAKES 1

WP: Danny Parets 7K. LP: M. Cuecha. Top performers: Christian Del Castillo 1-3, SB, run. Danny Guevara 2-3, RBI, double. Willie Fabra 1-3, double, run

LATE TUESDAY — AMERICAN 14, HIALEAH GARDENS 2

WP: Luis Lopez. LP: C.Suarez. Top performers: Edison Cabrera 2-3. Eric Gonzalez 3-3. Romy Gonzalez 2-3. AME 2-3

LATE TUESDAY — BRADOCK 10, CORAL PARK 9

WP: Abel Fernandez 1-0. LP: Carlo Marreros. Top performers: Gaby Mundo 2-4, 2 runs, 4 RBI, double. Ariel Lauries 2-3, double, 2RBI. Adrian Cuesta 2-3, double, 2 RBI. Dany Lopez 2-3, double, 2 RBI. CP 3-2

LATE TUESDAY — CORAL GABLES 3, MIAMI HIGH 2 (8)

WP: Chris Viera (1-0) 8IP. LP: D. Rodriguez (0-1). Top performers: Elih Marrero 2-4, triple, run. Raymond Gonzalez 2-5, RBI. CG 2-2

LATE TUESDAY — MOURNING 11, NORLAND 1 (5)

WP: Chris Contreras (1-0) no hitter, 8K. LP: De La Cruz. Top performers: Alex Vallejo 3-3, HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs, triple, 2 SB. Jose Reyes 2-3, RBI, 2 runs. Steven Cepeda 1-2, SB. MOU 1-2

LATE TUESDAY — HIALEAH EDUCATIONAL ACADEMY 7, MATER EAST 3

HEA 2-0

SOFTBALL

MONSIGNOR PACE 18, BOOKER T WASHINGTON 0 (4)

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WP: Sofia Dominguez 4 IP, 7 K. LP: Cheril. Top performers: Sofia Dominguez 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI. Kristen Cazañas 2-4, HR, 2 RBI. Zuylnn Brito 4-4, RBI, 2 runs. MP 4-3

LATE TUESDAY — SOUTH DADE 6, KILLIAN 5 (8)

WP: Samantha Cardillo. LP: K Speer. Top performers: Dani Harrah 2-3, single, triple, run. Nikki Rosado 2-3, 2 singles, 2 runs, RBI. Samantha Cardillo 2-3, 2 singles, 2 RBI

LATE TUESDAY — CORAL REEF 3, PALMETTO 2 (8)

WP: Dayna Wilson 8 IP (2-0). LP: A. Guglietta. Top performers: Denver Keller 1-4, HR, 2 RBI. Kylan Becker 2-4, run. CR 2-0

LATE TUESDAY — MONSIGNOR PACE 14, HIALEAH GARDENS 3 (5)

WP: Briana Herdia 5 IP 2 K. LP: Y. Hernandez. Top performers: Natalie Leon 3-3, double, 3 RBI, 3 runs. Sofia Dominguez 4-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs. Briana Heredia 2-3, double, 2 RBI, 2 runs. MP 3-3

BOYS’ TENNIS

•  TERRA 6, Sunset 1: Charles Ogden won No. 1 singles 8-1. Alex Pizarro won No. 2 singles 8-3. Gary Yeung won No. 3 singles 8-3. TER 3-1

•  Gulliver 7, LaSalle 0: Brian Granoff won No. 1 singles 8-1. Andres Nido won No. 2 singles 8-2. Jalen Kupatt won No. 3 singles 8-3

•  North Miami Beach 7, Hialeah 0

•  Late Tuesday — Gulliver 6, Belen 1: Baker Newman won No. 1 singles 8-1. Andres Nido won No. 2 singles 8-2. Ben Roque won No. 3 singles 8-1. GUL 4-0

•  Late Tuesday — Krop 4, Ronald Reagan 3: Paul Andrey Pierre-Louis won No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-2. Ariel Hollender won No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-4. Alex Rothman won No. 3 singles 6-2, 4-6, 10-8

GIRLS’ TENNIS

•  TERRA 7, Sunset 0: Samantha Franco won No. 1 singles 8-3. Jessica Waddell/Priscilla Perez won No. 1 doubles 8-3. Marisa Stephens/Courtney Severs won No. 2 doubles 8-3. TER 3-1

•  Gulliver 7, LaSalle 0: Olivia Thaler won No. 1 singles 8-0. Julieta Dalmau won No. 2 singles 8-0. Sara Culbertson won No. 3 singles 8-1

• North Miami Beach 7, Hialeah 0

•  Late Tuesday — Krop 5, Ronald Reagan 2: Naiya Oden won No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-2. Sophia Sultan won No. 2 singles 6-0, 6-0. Naomi Maehama won No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-0

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

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

WRESTLING

Duals Meet at Krop — Boys’ team results: 1. Dr. Krop (167). 2. Miami Springs (86). 3. North Miami Beach (79). 4. North Miami (42). 5. Hialeah Miami Lakes (5). 6. Goleman (30). 7. M. Beach(19). Girls team results: 1. Krop (174). 2. North Miami (73) 3. Miami Beach (57). 4. North Miami Beach (51). 5. Miami Springs (5). 6. Goleman (31). 7. Hialeah Miami Lakes (6)

BOYS’ WATER POLO

•  Columbus 10, MAST Academy 8: Nick Anderson 3 goals. Jorge Rizo 3 goals. Ryan Dawson 2 goals

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

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

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

Dade Christian vs. Archbishop Curley (Curley), 4

Mater Academy Charter vs. Belen Jesuit (Belen), 3:30

Southridge vs. Miami Palmetto (CR Park), 3:30

South Dade vs. Coral Reef (CR), 3:30

Miami Beach vs. Miami High (Curtis Park), 7

Hialeah vs. Krop (Krop), 3:30

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