Coconut Creek girls’ basketball team defeats Dillard on third-quarter spurt

01/08/2014 12:00 AM

01/08/2014 1:25 PM

In an outcome Coconut Creek girls’ basketball coach Max Ruback boldly declared was the changing of the guard in District 16-5A, visiting Coconut Creek used a 17-3 third quarter blitz to rally from a 29-18 halftime deficit and defeat the four-time defending Class 5A state champion Dillard 58-51 on Tuesday.

The Cougars (16-1) were projected as the No. 3 team in District 16-5A behind Dillard and American Heritage coming into the season but can lock up the number one seed in what most the toughest District in Florida with a victory over Heritage (10-3) on Thursday.

“We are in the drivers’ seat for this district right now,’’ Ruback said. “We want the number one seed in the district. Right now we have Heritage on Thursday night. If we win against Heritage on Thursday night we control it.”

In a post-game speech to his team outside the Dillard gym, Ruback declared the victory a changing of the guard.

It is a claim after a regular season victory that Dillard eight time state champion coach Marcia Pinder, the winningest coach in Florida history, appeared amused over.

Despite the uncharacteristic turnovers that opened the door for the Cougars' comeback, Pinder warned against anybody writing off her team’s bid for a run at a fifth consecutive state title.

“I don’t know about all that changing of the guard stuff,’’ Pinder said. “It is too early for that. It’s a lot more basketball left. We are still Dillard. We’re Dillard. You have to come through Dillard. That is the way it is. It’s not over.”

Trailing 29-18 at halftime, Coconut Creek stormed back with six quick points to start the third quarter and forged ahead 35-32 for good when Ambresha Long hit a long three-pointer and made a layin with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.

Coconut Creek guard Destiny Frazier had a game-high 14 points against her former team. Meanwhile, Jacaira Allen finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Tanease Richardson added 11 points.

Delise Williams added seven points, highlighted by two clutch free throws with 13.8 seconds left which gave the Cougars a 56-50 lead, and seven steals.

Dillard forward Briana Green scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half to try and stave off the Cougars. Amber Lee and Jamesha Paul added nine points each for the Panthers (11-4).

Dillard, which beat the Cougars 57-53 in their first matchup, appeared to be headed to 2-0 seaon series edge after opening a 29-18 halftime lead. The Panthers rode the hot shooting of Jade Wyatt in the second quarter to go on a 11-4 spurt. Wyatt converted a three-point play and then a left-handed layup for seven consecutive points to propel the Panthers to a 25-11 lead with 3:54 left in the second quarter.

But the Cougars outscored the Panthers 17-3 in the third quarter and got the double digit cushion they needed down the stretch with a 14-6 run to start the fourth quarter, capped by Allen’s steal and layup for a 49-38 lead with 4:22 left.

• Coconut Creek 58, Dillard 51: CC (16-1): Mardis 1, Long 7, Stoddard 2, D. Williams 7, Frazier 14, Allen 10, Jordin Gomes 2, K. Johnson 2, Woods 2, Richardson 11. DIL (11-4): Paul 9, Tierra Wilks 6, Tyler Wilks 2, Green 15, Wyatt 8, Grier 2, Lee 9. Half: Dill 29-18. Three-pointers: Long 1, Frazier 3, Paul 1, Green 1, Green 1. Rebounds: Allen 8. Assists: Allen 3. Steals: D. Williams 7.

•  Ferguson 53, South Miami 46: FER (16-2): N. DeJesus 16, A. Osceola 14, K. Johnson 12, T. Gonzalez 9, S. Molina 2. SM: T. Graham 23, P. Evans 13, K. Brown 4, C. Ayerdis 3, K. Cummings 2, L. Gil 1. Assists: A. Osceola 7, T. Gonzalez 7, N. DeJesus 6. Rebounds: N. DeJesus 8, K. Johnson 6. Steals: N. DeJesus 5, A. Osceola 5.
•  Coral Park 56, Reagan 44: CP: A. Varela 24, N. Morales 13, P. Fernandez 10, Y. Torres 5, Y. Perez 2, M. Quijada 2. REA: K. Rubio 2, L. Arroyave 3, D. Saied 12, B. Guzman 2, J. Montoya 11, P. Guerrero 14. Rebounds: Varela 9. Steals: Varela 6. Assists: Varela 5.
•  Palmer Trinity 58, Archbishop Carroll 18: AC: Gonzalez 6, Medina 8,Davis 2, Diaz 2. PT (14-2): Gonzalez 5, Iglesias 2, Esco 5, Baiamonte 5, Forristall 6, Hebb 14, Solar 10, Parten 8, Quintero 2. Halftime 35-9. Three pointers: Hebb, Forristall, Medina 2, Esco 1. Rebounds: Baiamonte 9. Steals: Solar 5. Assists: Quintero 4.
•  Hebrew Academy 42, Riveria Prep 14: HA (12-2): Weiss 12, Dobin 13, Chami 6, Smith 2, Suster 2, Matis 7. RP: Basrivero 6, Pemoya 2, Gottenger 6. Rebounds: Dobin 10, Smith 10. Assists: Weiss 6. Steals: Weiss 8.
•  Late Monday - Booker T. Washington 40, Jackson 38: BTW (13-2): Leite 10, Bello 18, Durant 5, Miller 6, Burke 1. JAC: Keaton 2, Mitchell 11, Paschal 16, Holt 5. Steals: Bello 7. Assists: Leite 5. Rebounds: Bello 7.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

•  Braddock 44, Sunset 30: SUN: Smith 8, Galvan 5, Tomas 3, Felipe 3, Delsolar 9, Lazo 2. BRA: Garcia 16, Echemendia 10, Reese 7, Sanchez 4, Diaz 3, Esqueviel 2, Cueto 2. Assists: Cueto 4. Steals: Garcia 3. Rebounds: Echemendia 8, Reese 7, Diaz 7.
•  Florida Christian 65, Lasalle 43: FC (11-6): Cardoza 17, Thompson 4, Valdes 2, Wicks 14, M. Herschman 2, Sikora 12, Campbell 2, Wright 2, Jane 6, Jim 2, Perez 2.Three-pointers: Cardoza 1, Wicks 3, Richards 3, Puig 1, Regueira 1, Lopez 1. Rebounds: Sikora 12, Perez 8. Steals: Wicks 4, Cardoza 3. Blocks: Sikora 4. Assists: Cardoza 7, Wicks 5.
•  Southridge 63, Killian 50: SR (10-2): Marzan 2, Giles 7, Collier 6, McNair 4, Bernard 4, Darling 6, Bartley 15, Garcia 15, Charles 2, Tisdale 2. Three-pointers: Bartley 2. Rebounds: Bartley 9. Blocks: Molano 3. Steals: Mcnair 5. Assists: Collier 3.
•  Mourning 64, MAST 24: MOU: Salazar 6, Souffrant 14, Silva 6, Fachler-Tal 7, Calloway 1, Mervil 2, Reyes 6, Popov 7, Champagne 2. MAST: Pochi 2, Roberts 6, Albion 2, Martinez 3, Roman 3, Adulami 2, Oria 2, Mulder 4. Three-pointers: Martinez 1, Dangervil 1. Rebounds: Souffrant 10. Assists: Fachler-Tal 5. Steals: Champagne 4.
•  Ransom Everglades 59, St. Brendans 27: RE: Campano 5, Woolworth 2, Tomasino 8, Bonner 4, Bercow 6, Rivlin 13, Mourning 22. SB: Garcia 2, Whittingham 2, Rodriguez 3, Moliter 8, Suarez 4, Fenelon 4, Moreau 4. Rebounds: Mourning 9. Assists: Mourning 6. Blocks: Mourning 5.

BOYS’ SOCCER

•  American Heritage 7, Coconut Creek 0: Kevin Bibal goal. Reinaldo Cillos goal. Joshua Franco goal. Kenn Guithard goal. Sebastian Baval goal. Jack Tubio goal. Mikael DeSilva goal. AH 14-0-3.
•  Everglades 5, North Miami 2: Juan Sanchez 2 goals. Felipe Beltran goal. Ismael Costa goal. EVR 6-3-5.
•  Westminster Academy 5, Coral Springs Christian 3: James Scasserra 3 goals. Patrick Sastre 2 goals. WA 12-1.
•  Gulliver 7, Westminister Christian 2: Andy Alvarez 2 goals, 2 assists. Alex Moztarzadeh 2 goals, 2 assists. Jose Novas goal, assist. GUL 9-1-1.
•  Mater Lakes 8, Archbishop Carroll: Andre Glanville 2 goals. Cesar Murillo 2 goals. Alejandro Cabrera shutout. ML 8-4-2.
•  Miami Country Day 1, SLAM 1: SLAM: Franco Herrera goal. MCD: Teddy Pornprinya goal. MCD 4-10-2.
•  Hillel 7, Greater Miami Academy 0: Julian Ribak goal. Daniel Mouadeb goal. Albert Dichy goal.
•  Ransom Everglades 4, Keys Gate Charter 0: Fran Carrera-Justiz 2 goals. Ferris Bustamante goal. Adrian Grant-Alfieri goal. RE 15-0-4.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

•  University School 8, Lake Worth Christian 0: Jessica Roman goal. Angie Korakakos goal. Alex Bonomogoal. Rylee Simons goal. Jackie Lieberman goal. Isabella Bermingham goal. Sydney Juda goal. Camilla Cardenas goal.
•  MAST 8, American 0 (GMAC Quarterfinals): Mariana Steckmaier 5 goals, assist. Naty Gilbert 2 goals. Shannon Plummer goal. ML 14-1-4.
•  Ferguson 8, Miami Beach 0: Isa Jara 2 goals, assist. Brianna Austin goal. Nicole Bovo goal, assist. Adanna Edwards goal, assist. Marcela Ramirez goal. Jasmine Suarez goal, assist. Jessica Suarez goal, assist. Savannah Ward and Tori Dominguez combined shutout. FER 14-2-1.
•  Palmetto 8, Krop 1: Ava Gruener 3 goals, 3 assists. Stephany Diaz 2 goals, 2 assists. Shelby Denkert goal, assist. Taryn D'adesky goal, assist. Julia Wayne goal. Veronica Clark assist.
•  South Miami 5, Booker T. Washington 0: Giselle Schreiber 2 goals, assist. Doneisha Carballo goal. Sharon Navarro goal. Alina Carmona goal. Madison Askew 2 assists. Cassy Rojos assist. SM 10-11.
•  Hialeah-Miami Lakes 4, Westland Hialeah 0: Syann Marc 2 goals. Hannah Sanchez goal. Ruba Raad goal.
•  Westminster Christian 2, Coral Reef 1: Kelly Rico goal. Maite Gutierrez goal.
•  Mater Academy 5, Florida Christian 0: Karly Villar 3 goals, assist. Elexus Martin goal, assist. Julissa Benitez goal, assist. MA 15-4-2.
•  St. Brendan 8, Miami High 0: Kate Alvarez 2 goals. Alexa Dussaq 2 goals. Adri Prieto goal. Alex Guixens goal. Nicole Dennis goal. Ashley Campis goal. SB 14-3-3.
•  Dade Christian 8, Posnack 0: Amanda Martin 4 goals. Abby Clanton 2 goals. Lenora Moore goal. Sophia Galvez goal. Alyssa Hessing 9th shutout. DC 13-2-2.

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