Samantha Johnson, Plantation American Heritages big-name transfer, inserted herself into the Heritage-Dillard girls basketball rivalry with a game-high 18 points, punctuated by the game-winning layup as the visiting Patriots upset the four-time defending Class 5A state champion Panthers 48-47 on Tuesday.
After Dillard guard Tierra Wilks missed her second consecutive free throw with 11.5 seconds left, Krystal Moncrief grabbed the rebound, passed the ball to Taylor Smith, who found Johnson cutting to the basket for the game-winner with three seconds left.
As the buzzer sounded the Patriots bench stormed onto the floor to celebrate.
I knew we still had a chance to score after the missed free throws, Johnson said. Taylor went downcourt and I just followed her and hoped I would make it. The game swayed a little bit in the fourth quarter, but we had our heart in the game. It is a big win for us, but we still have a long season to go.
Johnsons transfer from Pine Crest, where she was a two-time All-Broward First-Team selection, gives the Patriots (6-1) a dynamic lead guard who showed tremendous poise against a Dillard press notorious for rattling opponents. Johnson finished with four assists and paced the Patriots with 10 first-half points.
Behind Johnson and Skyla Osceola (nine points) Heritage had its fast break clicking early and built a 26-17 lead with 5:42 left in the second quarter. But Dillard forward Ragene Grier led a 11-0 run, capped by a putback off a missed three-point attempt to give the Panthers a 28-26 halftime lead.
Briana Green had 13 points, six steals and six assists, and Jamesha Paul added seven points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Panthers (9-1).
Heritage 6-3 center Hayley Durden started the frenetic finish with a 15-foot shot on the left baseline to put the Patriots ahead 46-43 with 3:19 left. Green answered with an offensive putback to pull Dillard within 46-45 before Tierra Wilkes converted a layup off a steal to put Dillard up 47-46 with 42 seconds left.
But Wilkes left the door open for Johnsons heroics by missing both free throws.
• American Heritage 48, Dillard 47: AH (6-1): Johnson 18, Moncrief 5, Osceola 9, T. Smith 2, Duren 7, V. Bradley 5, Marshall 2. Dill (9-1): Paul 7, Tierra Wilks 11, Tyler Wilkes 5, Green 13, Wyatt 2,Grier 9. Half: Dill 28-26. Three-pointers: Osceola 3, Johnson 2, V. Bradley 1, Paul 2, Tierra Wilks 3, Tyler Wilks. Rebounds: Paul 16, Moncrief 7. Steals: Green 6, Moncrief 3. Assists: Green 6, Johnson 4.
• Sagemont 58, Doctors Charter 2: SAG (6-2): Provenzano 5, Black 8, Rucker 6, Smith 10, Marshall 10, Jackson 13, Correa 6. DC (4-4): Gutierrez 2. Rebounds: Provenzano 9, Smith 6, Rucker 6. Steals: Rucker 5, Black 3, Provenzano 3, Smith 2, Correa 2. Assists: Rucker 7, Correa 4.
• Calvary Christian 63, Pine Crest 20: CC (5-1): Gray 20, Spring 25, Nevils 6, Pitts 2, Nazario 2, Sieradzan 4. PC (1-5): Anderson 4, Malone 4, Shey 2, Cox 2, Landers 2, Engler 3, Silitsky 1, Taylor 2. Rebounds: Sieradzen 5. Assists: Spring 5. Steals: Gray 4. Three-pointers: Gray 3, Spring 2, Engler 1.
• Deerfield Beach 74, Pine Crest 34: DB: Jean-Pierre 11-1-24, Carpenter 5-1-11, Grant 3-0-8, Houston 3-0-7, Harvey 2-0-4, Johnson 3-0-6, Wilburn 1-0-2, Kelly 1-2-4, Robinson 4-0-8. TAR: Tigner 3-2-10, Simeon 3-0-6, Francious 2-1-3, Groll 2-0-6, Bush 2-0-4, Edwards 1-3-5. Three-pointers: Jean-Pierre 1, Grant 2, Houston 1, T - Francious 1, Tigner 2, Groll 2. Rebounds: Robinson 10. Assists: Carpenter 7. Blocks: Robinson 3.
• Late Monday - Blanche Ely 83, Pembroke Pines Charter 66: BE: Gosier 10, Tejada II 23, Labadi 2, Goodrum 14, Devers 5, Heastie 17, Floyd 12. Rebounds: Gosier 11. Blocks: Gosier 10. Assists: Gosier 5.
Isabel Turner and Jordyn Elliott scored three goals apiece as Pine Crest cruised past Calvary Christian 8-1.
Allie Gershman scored a goal and dished out a team-high four assists for the Panthers (11-3-2), and Katherine Gulley added a goal.
• Pine Crest 8, Calvary Christian 1: Isabel Turner 3 goals. Jordyn Elliott 3 goals. Allie Gershman goal, 4 assists. Katherine Gulley goal. PC 11-3-2.
• St. Thomas Aquinas 3, Nova 0: STA: Dallas Dorosy 2 goals. Bella Dorosy goal. Abby Pangallo and Brittany Macaluso combined shutout. STA 9-0-2.
• Pine Crest 3, Benjamin School 1: Matt Wagner 2 goals. Yani Fabre assist. Jack Marchetto goal.
• University School 6, Pompano Beach 1: US: J. Miot goal. CJ Ardavin goal. D. Ben Reuven goal. J. Heller 2 goals. C. Roberts goal. US 5-1-2.
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Pine Crest (Home), 7:30
North Miami Beach vs. Northeast (Home), 7
Hialeah Educational Academy vs. Westminster Academy (Home), 7
Coral Springs vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Home), 5
Plantation vs. Cooper City (Home), 7
Coral Glades vs. Monarch (Monarch), 6
Deerfield Beach vs. Douglas (Home), 7
Boyd Anderson vs. Coconut Creek (Coconut Creek), 5
Western vs. Cypress Bay (Home), 5
North Miami Beach vs. Northeast (Northeast), 5
American Heritage vs. Lourdes (Kendall Soccer Complex), 7
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Taravella (Taravella), 7
Coral Springs vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 5
Plantation vs. Cooper City (Cooper City), 5
West Boca Raton vs. Coral Glades (Coral Glades), 4
Coral Springs vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 5
Deerfield Beach vs. Douglas (Douglas), 5
Everglades vs. Krop (Krop), 5
West Broward vs. Flanagan (Flanagan), 5
Hallandale vs. Boynton Beach (Boynton Beach), 5
Pine Crest vs. American (Ame), 5
Stranahan vs. Archbishop McCarthy (McCarthy), 4
South Plantation vs. Western (Western), 5
Taravella vs. Douglas (Home), 7:30
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 7:30
St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 5