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Gulliver girls’ basketball team beats Calvary Christian, advances to girls’ semifinals

 

Special to the Miami Herald

The Gulliver’s girls’ basketball team has suffered defeats in regional finals the previous two seasons, and Friday night the Raiders found themselves in the same round that has tormented them.

But this time would be different. Gulliver finally got over that hump, defeating Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian 44-40 at home in the Region 4-4A final to advance to state semifinals in Lakeland where the Raiders will face defending state champion Jacksonville Ribault.

“We were ready this time. We believed before this game that we had this,” said Chloe Nixon, who led the Raiders with 15 points. “It only took us three years, but we got it.”

Gulliver (25-5) was jump-started by six three-pointers in the first half and led by as many as 10 early in the second quarter. Calvary (21-8) got to within three points with two minutes to play, but back-to-back mid-range jump shots by Maja Stjepanovic, who finished with 10 points, put the game away.

Gulliver coach John Zambolla has never been to Lakeland in his 20-plus years around high school basketball going back to his playing days.

“I’m excited. I don’t know what to expect when I get up there,” said Zambolla, who shared emotional hugs with players and fought back tears. “A lot of people have told me once you go once you want to go every year, but I’ll take one year at a time.”

Calvary, which was led by 12 points from Alex Spring, missed the state final four a year after making it. Calvary played in the 3A semifinals last season before getting bumped up to Class 4A.

GUL (25-5): Nixon 15, Wirshing 13, Stjepanovic 10, Bellingherri 4, Pyatt 2. CCA (21-8): Spring 12, Nazario 6, Gray 6, Patullo 6, Nevils 4, Bender 6. Halftime: GUL 34-25. Three-pointers: Wirshing 2, Nixon 3, Stjepanovic 2, Bellingherri, Spring 2, Nazario 2. Rebounds: Patullo 10. Assists: Bellingherri 6. Steals: Bellingherri 3. Blocks: Patullo 2.

David Furones

•  Class 3A regional final: Miami Country Day 68, Melbourne Florida Air Academy 41: Pardon Miami Country Dayfor not having a wild celebration after advancing to the Class 3A final four. The Spartans are instead hoping to save their party for a state championship.

The Spartans (26-3) booked a return trip to Lakeland with a thumping of visiting Florida Air Academy in the Class 3A regional finals to earn a second consecutive berth in the state final four. Last season’s trip ended in heartbreak with a 44-40 loss to Daytona Beach Father Lopez in the state championship.

“This has been our goal all season, to get back,” said senior Danielle Minott, who led all scorers with 18 points. “Most of us know what to expect when we get there this time. We know we have to go out and play our game.”

Miami Country Day will face Tallahassee Maclay — a 60-43 winner over Providence — in Tuesday’s semifinals at the Lakeland Center. The other half of the bracket has Seffner Christian facing Clearwater Calvary Christian. The title game is Wednesday.

The Falcons opened the second half with a 6-0 run to pull within 10, but the Spartans had all the answers with Aryan Lewis and Maria Alvarez hitting from outside, and Minott and Ogechi Anyagaligbo scoring in the paint as the lead hit 20 in the fourth quarter.

FA (17-7): Vazquez 14, Gordon 9, Dargie 6, Diaz 5, Stanley 5, Modesto 2. MCD (26-3): Minott 18, Alvarez 15, Anyagaligbo 13, Berry 10, Lewis 10, Edwards 2. Half: MCD 35-19. Three-pointers: Alvarez 5, Gordon 2, Lewis 2, Minott 2, Vazquez 2, Stanley 1. Rebounds: Anyagaligbo 6. Assists: Minott 7. Steals: Lewis 4, Vazquez 4.

BRANT LONG

• Class 2A regional final: Boca Grandview Prep 58, Hebrew Academy 26: Three players scored in double-figure as the host Pride (23-2) earned its third consecutive trip to the state final four in Lakeland.

Vionise Tierre-Louis led the way with 15 points. Danielle Randle and Nadiah Isaac added 12 and 13, respectively.

The Warriors (15-4) had their seven-game winning streak snapped.

CONCEPCION LEDEZMA

BASEBALL

• Braddock 3, Coral Park 1:

BR 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 — 3 9 1

CP 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X — 1 2 0

WP: JJ Marcos (1-0). LP: M. Perez (0-2). Top Performers: Ivan Nunez 3-4, 3 B, HR, 3 RBI, run. Anthony Alvarez 1-2, R, 1 IP, 2K (save). Willie Padron 2-4, 2 SB, R.

• Coral Gables 11, Hialeah Gardens 1:

CG 3 7 0 0 1 — 11 10 1

HG 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 2 2

WP: Tyler Santana 1-0. Top performers: Tyler Santa 2 hits, run, 4 Ks. Raymond Gonzales 2-3, 2 runs scored. Franky Montesino 1-1 double, 2 RBI, run scored, SB, BB. CG 2-0.

• Homestead 19, Central 1:

HOM 3 3 3 3 3— 19 15

CEN 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 1

WP: Juan Casanova. LP: Harris. Top Performers: Juan Casanova 3 inn., hit, run. 8 Ks.Jan Carlos Silverio 4-5. Anthony Willams 4-5. Mark Nichols 3-5. HOM 1-1.

• Calvary Christian 3, Pace 0:

CC 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 — 3 6 2

MP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 1

WP: Andrew Gottfried. Top Performers: Andrew Gottfried 4 AB. Josh Lane 3 AB, BB.

• Late Thursday-Archbishop Carroll 5, Coral Reef 3: WP: David Salgueiro (1-0). LP: Dan Worcester. Top performers: William Roger 1-2, single, run scored, RBI. Miguel Gonzalez 2-2, run scored, RBI. Anthony Gonzalez 3-3, HR, 2 RBIs, run. ACC 2-0.

• Late Thursday-Doral Academy 12, Miami Christian 1: WP: Kevin Allora. Top performers: Christian Martinez 3 AB, 2 hits, 2 runs, SB. Miguel Casanueva 4 AB, 2 hits, double, 3 runs, 2 SB. Ryan Gronlier 3 AB, 2 hits, 3 RBI's. AJ Piugcerver 3 AB, 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI's.

• Late Thursday-TERRA 8, Miami Springs 3: WP: Andres Perez (1-0). LP: Iruela 0-1. Top performers: Alex Saavedra 3-4, 2 RBI's, 2 runs. Nick Lopez 2-4, RBI, run. Reuben Pino 1-2, RBI, 3 BB. Andres Perez 5 inn.,7 K's. TER 2-0.

• Late Thursday-Archbishop McCarthy 10, Dillard 0: WP: Austin Haworth. LP: Daniel York. Top performers: Alex Rodriguez 3-3, 2 singles, double, 3 RBI's. Aaron Soto 3-3, HR, 2 runs, 7 RBI's.

• Late Thursday-Palmer Trinity 7, Miami Country Day 2: WP: Julian Stark. Top performers: Blake Miller 3-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBI's, SB. Evan Steinman 1-3. Daniel Chumbley 1-3, RBI.

• Late Thursday-South Dade 14, Ferguson 0: WP: Gorordo (1-0). LP: Garcia (0-1). Top Performers: Artie Paula 3-4. Angel Zabala 2-4. SD 2-0.

SOFTBALL

• Lourdes Academy 15, Coral Park 6:

LA 0 0 2 3 2 8 0 — 15 14 3

CP 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 — 6 7 7

WP: Victoria Vega (1-1) 7 Ks. Top performers: Jennifer Herold 3-5, single, 2B, HR. Emalie Hernandez 3-5, 3 singles. Amanda Senra 2-4, 2 singles.

• Late Thursday-Miami Christian 18, Coral Shores 13: WP: Janellene Lopez (1-0). Top performers: Janellene Lopez 2-5, 2 runs, RBI. Yodels Noriega 1-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs. Cherie Cordeau 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI. MC 1-0.

• Late Thursday-Palmetto 9, Varela 3: WP: Daijaa Williams (1-0). LP: G. Mesa. Top Performers: Amanda Guglietta 3-4, tripple, 3 runs, RBI. Nicole Pepe 3-4, 2 doubles, run, 2 RBIs. Erin Love 3-4, 4 SB, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Daijaa Williams 10 Ks. PAL 4-0.

• Late Thursday-Mater Lakes 11, Ransom Everglades 1: WP: Alexis Castroman (3-0). LP: Jadotte. Top performers: Alexis Castroman 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 K. Melanie Arauz 2 hits, 2 RBIs. Alyssa Rodriguez 2 hits, 2 runs. ML (3-1).

• Late Thursday-Killian 12, South Dade 2: WP: Kelly Speer (3-1). Top Performers: Emily Demurias 3-3, HR, 4 runs. Kristen Munoz 3-3, 2 B, 3 B, 4 RBIs. Megan Zollo 3-4, 3 B, 2 RBIs.

• Late Thursday-Coral Reef 15, Southridge 0: WP: Michelle Mesa 3-0. LP: S. Revilla. Top Performers: Michelle Mesa 2 K, CG. Sarah Ortiz 3-3, 2 RBIs, HR. Carsyn Gordon 2-3, RBI. Kylan Becker 1-2, 2 RBIs. Denver Keller 1-2, 2 RBIs. CR 3-0.

• Late Thursday-Pines Charter 10, Flanagan 0: WP: Blount (2-0). LP: Degan. Top performers: Devesa 3-4, 2 B, RBI, 3 runs, Blount 2-4, 3B, RBI, 11 Ks. PC 3-0

• Late Thursday-Braddock 15, Sunset 0:WP: Genesis Brenes (1-0). Top performers: Shelsea Brenes 1-1, 2 runs, 2 RBI's. Jeneese Santana 1-1, 2 runs, RBI. Beatriz Navarro 1-2, 2 runs, RBI, HR. BRA 2-2

• Late Thursday-Colonial Christian 19, Pinecrest Prep 1: WP: Chloe Gates (1-0). Top Performers: Chloe Gates 6 Ks, 3 runs. Aubrey Long 2-3, 3 runs. Danielle Gonzalez 2-3, 3 RBI's. CC 1-0.

BOYS’TENNIS

• Late Thursday-Miami Springs 6, Mater Academy 1: Singles: Cory Harrington 8-3. Gabriel Fernandez 8-1. David Chavez 8-4. Adrian Perez 8-4. Brent Cates 8-3. Doubles: Figueroa/Hayes 8-5. Cates/Devin Valdez 6-4.

• Late Thursday-Gulliver Prep 6, Ransom Everglades 1: Chase Perez-Blanco 8-2. Andre Libnic 8-1. Laurentiu Schinteie 8-0. GP 2-0.

• Late Thursday-American Heritage 5, Krop 2: Zach Ebenfeld 8-5. Ariel Hollender 8-6. Jordan Shalet 8-2. AH 1-0. KR 1-1.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

• Late Thursday-Miami Springs 5, Mater Academy 2: Singles: Ashley Varela 8-0. Erica Bradley 8-1. Kelly Alvarez 9-7. Natessa Perera 8-4. Gaby Sanchez 8-3. Doubles: Rodriguez/Garcia 8-3. Olguin/Dearmas 8-3.

• Late Thursday- Gulliver Prep 4, Ransom Everglades 3: Olivia Thaler 8-1. Julieta Dalmau 9-8 (7-4). Lindy Lyons 8-3. GP 3-0

• Late Thursday-Krop 7, American Heritage 0: Naiya Oden 8-1. Danna Gandelman 8-3. Sophia Sultan 8-1. KR 2-1. AH 1-1.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

• Ransom Everglades 16, Palmer Trinity 4: Max Waldman 5 goals. Mack Shoer 3 goals, 2 assists. Alex McDowell 3 goals. RE 1–0. PT 0 –1.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

District 16-4A final at Florida Christian, 7

District 15-3A final at Miami Country Day, 8

District 16-3A final at Westwood Christian, 7

District 15-2A final at Miami Christian, 8

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Region 4-8A final Ferguson at Miami High, 7.

Region 3-8A final Deerfield Beach at Lake Worth Park Vista, 7.

Region 4-7A final Nova at Palm Beach Lakes, 7.

Region 4-6A final Norland at Boyton Beach, 7.

Region 4-5A final Dillard at Rockledge, 7.

WRESTLING

Region 4-3A at Reagan

Region 4-2A at Jensen Beach

Region 4-1A at Cardinal Gibbons

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