Powell helps Deerfield Beach top Cypress Bay in girls' basketball


Special to the Miami Herald

Bri’nesha Powell was just a little girl when Deerfield Beach was winning the second of its back-to-back state titles. But she has not forgotten where the Bucks once were. And she wants Deerfield to return to its former status as a Broward County power.

The Bucks (18-8) hope they took that first step Thursday when they knocked off host Cypress Bay, 60-48. Powell, a senior guard, had 17 points and four steals to lead Deerfield. Liz Wright finished with a game-high 22 for the Lightning, (23-3).

“We remember when they won state championships,” Powell said. “We want to make history again at Deerfield.”

Another test looms for the Bucks as they face Douglas, the team that beat them for the district title, in the regional semifinals.

“It’s a great win … even greater that we get another chance to face Douglas,” Powell added.

It was a back-and-forth battle in the first half as neither team led by more than three points. Wright, one of only two seniors on the Lightning roster, was the catalyst with 19 points in the opening half.

But the second half was a completely different story as the Bucks’ aggressive half-court defense forced 11 turnovers and Cypress Bay’s shooting went cold.

The Lightning hit just two shots from the field in the second half, and Wright had just three points — all free throws — before fouling out. The Lightning also hit just 53 percent of their free throws.

“We had open looks, we just shot poorly,” Lightning coach Scott Selvidge said. “Kudos to Deerfield. They gave us a lot of problems tonight.”

Tiara Walker added 13 for the Bucks while freshman Jessie Lizano contributed 15 for Cypress Bay, including a trio of three-pointers.

Deerfield Beach 60, Cypress Bay 48: DB (18-8): Powell 17, Walker 13, Williams 8, Price 7, Hadler 6, Bruton 5, Swinton 4. CB (23-3): Wright 22, Lizano 15, Rocha 7, Rojas 3, Aleman 1. Half: 29-29. Three-pointers: Lizano 3, Wright 1, Powell 1. Rebounds: Hadler 9, Wright 7. Steals: Walker 4. Assists: Walker 5.


• Pinecrest 15, Dade Christian 2: WP: Garret Rukes. Griffin Conine 2-2, 2 RBI.

•  Champagnat 14, Dr. Krop 4: WP: Luis Garcia (1-0). Top performers: Luis Garcia 5 innings (2) earned runs, Miguel Fonseca and Guillermo Fonseca each went 3-3 scoring 3 runs each and driving in 4 combined. Champagnat Catholic (2-0).


• American Heritage - Delray 4, University 3: 1. Daniel Obolevitch d. Dominique Momtier 9-7. 2. Mia Bush d. Angelica Blake 8-3. 3. Melissa Sakas d. Natalie Bnenayuon 8-0. Rachle Guttman 8-0. Franchesca Chin d. Kayelle Woodson 9-8. Doubles: 1. Obolevitch/Bush d. Mortrier/Sakas 8-4. Blake/Moore d. Benayoun/Woodsoon 8-2.

•  Monarch 6, Nova 1: 1. Kendra Bunch d. Coral Navarre 8-5. 2. Jennifer Nguyen d. Samantha Seidman 8-0. 3. Valeria Mantilla d. Emily Kurnia 8-1. 4. Jennifer De Souza d. Loraine Maloney 8-4. 5. Maria Baglieri won by forfeit. Doubles: Navarre/ Seidman d. Bunch/De Souza 8-3. Mantilla/Nguyen d. Kurnia/Maloney 8-0.

•  American Heritage Plantation 6, Donna Klein 1: 1. A, Siegel (DK) d. Raquel Gil 8-1. 2. Kelsey Berman (AMHS) d. Ashley Klein 8-0. 3. Paola Gonzalez (AMHS) d. Dana Lipon 8-0. 4, Antonella castillo (AMHS) d. Megan Sharpe 8-0. 5. Gloria Cabrero (AMHS) d. Paris Reiss 8-0. D1. Berman/castillo (AMHS) d. Siegel/Klein 7-5. D2. Gonzalez /Cabrero (AMHS) d. Lipon/sharpe 6-2.

•  Pinecrest 6, North Broward 1: 1. Simona Babb d. Carly Feldman 8-0. 2. Katarina Stevanovich d. Brittany Goldan 8-2. 3. Dani Shecter d. Anastasia Fersonova 8-0. 4. Amanda Rabin d. Rina Arai 8-0. 5. Sylvia Rosner d. Randi Pentregani 8-4. Doubles: Feldman/Shecter d. Babb/Goldan 9-8. Stevanovich/Rabin d. Resonova/Arai 8-0.

•  Calvary 4, Posnack 3: Caitlyn Kahn (CCA) defeated Barr 8-0. Kramer defeated Moody (CCA) 8-1. Chussin defeated Rozenblum (CCA) 8-3. Dattero (CCA) defeated Goetz 9-7. Position 5 default Calvary. Doubles: Kahn/Moody (CCA) defeated Barr/Kramer 6-0. Rozenblum/Dattero (CCA) defeated Chussin/Goetz 6-6.

•  Gulliver 5, Sagemont 2: 1. Olivia Thaler 8-1, 2. Julieta Dalmau 8-1, 3. Alyssa Pujals 8-1, 4. Lindy Lyons 8-1, 5. Estefania Navarro 8-0. Gulliver 1-0.

• Late Wednesday — Westminster Christian d. Carrolton 5-2: Singles: Cassandra Restrepo won 8-4. Taylor Huffman won 8-1. Sara Fernandez won 8-2. Doubles: Cassandra Restrepo and Linda Arostegui won 8-5. Sara Fernandez and Taylor Huffman won 8-7.


•  University 7, American Heritage — Delray 0: 1. Ryan Khan d. Hunter Robin 8-0. 2. David Onsky d. Miles Rich 8-0. 3. Mark Sedotovskiy d. Neil Sharma 8-1. 4. Alex Zager d. Oscar Sdark 8-0. Jordan Gutt d. Connor Dodge 8-4. Doubles: Gutt/Feddotoviskiy d. Robin/Rich 8-4. Sager/Jacoudo d. Gureck/Euvaldo 8-1.

•  American Heritage Plantation 5, Donna Klein 2: 1. Sam Glaun (DK) d. Chris wheeler-Sabatino 8-0. 2. Walter Paniagua (AMHS) d. Chad Friedman 8-1. 3. Luis Gallego (AMHS) d. D. Alady 8-3. 4. John Bradley(AMHS) d. M. Levine 8-6. 5. Alex Balke (AMHS) d. Z. Moran 8-1. D1. Glaun/alady (DK) d. F. Lafontant/n. Goncalves 6-3. D2. N. Menendez / S. Plate (AMHS) d. Friedman / S. Wohl 6-2.

•  North Broward 4, Pinecrest 3: 1. Ismail Ercan d. Evan Dean 9-7. 2. Guliano Renigifo d. Chris Kotite 8-1. 3. Zander Gomez d. Mark Rabin 8-0. 4. Tyler Shevin d. Kevin Shen 8-6. 5. Ryan Berman d. eric Nayman 9-8. Doubles: Dean/Renigifo d. Rabin/Wesiberg 8-4. Gomez/Shen d. Berman/Shevin 7-5.

•  Gulliver 5, Sagemont 2: 1. Chase Perez-Blanco 8-6, 2. Baker Newman 8-4, 3. Andre Libnic 8-5, 4. Laurentiu Schinteie 8-4. Gulliver 1-0.


• Monarch 4, Taravella 3: WP: Emily Forbes (2-0). LP: M. Makusfeld. Top performers: Madison Mihok 2-3, 3 runs. Ashley Rohloff 1-3 game-winning single.

•  Archbishop Carroll 16, LaSalle 1: WP: Justine Cinalli (1-0). LP: Bill (0-1). Top performers: Jennifer Blanchard 2-2 double, triple, 4 RBI, 2 runs scored. Emily Vaglio 2-2, 2 hits, BOB, 2 runs scored. Mailyn Gonzalez 1-1 Hit, 2 BOB, 3 runs scored. ACC 1-0.



Westminster Academy vs. Columbus (Columbus), 6:30


Olympic Heights vs. Douglas (Douglas), 3:00


South Broward vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 4:00

West Broward vs. Douglas (Home), 4:00

Western vs. McArthur (McArthur), 6:30

Nova vs. Pompano Beach (Pompano Beach), 4:00

Boynton Beach vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Silver Lakes Park), 6:30

Piper vs. Highlands Christian (Highlands Christian), 6:30

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. South Plantation (Pop Travers Park), 4:00

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