As host of the BCAA Cheerleading Championships, Dillard cheerleading coach Torri Telfair set the bar of success for her squad at a third-place finish.
It wasn’t because of lack of faith in team. The reason had more to do with the fact that a pair of powers are dominating the Broward cheerleading scene with seemingly no end in sight.
Despite the Panthers finishing second in their past four competitions, Telfair admitted two teams from separate sides of the county currently have a stranglehold on the top two spots in Broward.
Defending BCAA champion West Broward and Stranahan were the teams Telfair projected to come out on top at Saturday’s event.
“It will be a battle between west and east,” Telfair said. “That’s what people are coming to see. That’s the talk on the street.”
As it turned out, Telfair’s prediction was correct.
West Broward once again won the BCAA large, non-tumbling championship with a score of 240. Stranahan (238) took runner-up, and Taravella (215) finished third.
In the small, non-tumbling section, Miramar (241.5) finished first place, followed by Coral Glades (238) and Fort Lauderdale (202.75). Western (229.25) came in first in the varsity section, with Flanagan (216.75) second and Douglas third (209.5). South Plantation, the lone co-ed team, had a score of 224.5.
Host Dillard (210.5) finished fourth in the large non-tumbling section.
West Broward’s high energy and efficient routine was no surprise to Telfair.
“They have a lot of spirit. They didn’t have a lot of bobbling,” Telfair said. “Just replication is a lot to do with it. They’re just consistent in always being clean [with their movements] and making no mistakes.”
Sagemont, on the second day of a back-to-back, held host Naples Community School scoreless in overtime to secure a 39-33 win.
The Lions battled back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to tie the game. With the score tied at 33 and only a few seconds remaining in the game, Community School had the chance to inbound the ball and go for the win. Sagemont’s Deshaun Jackson pressured the inbounder and tipped the incoming pass, freshman Kandice Smith stole the tipped pass and forced overtime.
“It was a defensive battle,” Sagemont assistant coach Michael Smith said. “They [Community School] are very disciplined and very calm under pressure.”
In overtime, the Lions (12-5) went on a 6-0 run and clamped down defensively, not allowing Community School to convert on any scoring opportunities.
Jessica Black led the Lions with nine points and six rebounds.
Community School (13-7) is a common 3A opponent for Sagemont, which is one of the reasons coach David Correa scheduled it.
“They typically go to state every year or every other year,” Smith said. “Our coach makes sure that we are battle-tested.”
The Lions will continue their tough schedule when they travel to Miami to face off against Miami Country Day (14-2), which is on a three-game winning streak, on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.Norland 37, Lourdes 33: NOR (10-6): LOU: St. Brendan 55, Key West 37: SB: (13-6): KW: Palmer Trinity 49, Marathon 33: PT (17-2): MA (12-4): Late Friday - Miami Country Day 65, Archbishop Curley 12: MCD (13-2): ABC:
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