Dillard girls in unusual underdog role in regional semis

02/11/2014 12:01 AM

02/11/2014 12:14 AM

As improbable as it might seem, four-time defending Class 5A state champions Dillard and Hall of Fame coach Marcia Pinder will be in the unfamiliar role as decided underdogs when they travel to No. 1 Coconut Creek in the Class 5A regional semifinals on Tuesday.

All eyes will be on Dillard-Coconut Creek III when Pinder and the Dillard brain trust, led by top assistant George Adams, will try to keep the Panthers’ drive for five alive against a Cougars’ team (23-3) intent on taking the Panthers’ state championship crown.

Dillard’s state title hopes took a hit when Broward Player of the Year candidate Briana Green went down with a season-ending injury before the district playoffs.

Still, Pinder refused to use Green’s absence as an excuse for the Panthers (20-7) dropping two games in the season series with a 69-40 loss in the District 16-5A championship game on Feb. 1.

“The girls are just playing,” Pinder said. “I don’t think they really had time to sit down and think that, ‘OK, Briana is gone, she is not going to be with us.’ There is no letdown, no sobbing, none of that.”

Pinder said the Panthers can ill afford a repeat of the District championship, when poor ball security and rushed shots led to a 41-22 halftime deficit from which they never recovered.

If the young Panthers, led by Jamesha Paul, can minimize the Cougars’ vaunted fast break with better ball-handling decisions, Pinder likes her team’s chances.

“Now we have to go back and prepare for the next one,” Pinder said. “Being patient. We rushed things in the district final. We were erratic.”

SOFTBALL

• Archbishop Edward McCarthy 11, Calvary Christian 5:

AM 3 1 2 2 2 0 1 — 11 12 1

CC 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 — 5 13 3

WP: Dimler. LP: C. Chang (0-2). Top Performers: Calvary: T. Deibel 4-4, 2R, RBI. C. Chang 2-4, HR. ABM: E. Vazquez 3-5, HR, 3 RBIs. Calvary 0-2.

• Nova 11, South Broward 1:

NH 2 0 0 1 3 5 — 11 3 3

SB 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1 2 6

WP: L Henderson. LP: Norris (2-2). Top performers: Bourley 2 hits, 2 runs. Henderson 2 hits, run. SB 2-2.

• University School 13, Mater Lakes 1:

US 0 1 0 4 2 7 – 13 15 4

ML 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 1 1 2

WP: Flores (1-1). LP: Herranz (2-1). Top performers: Flores 11 Ks, 3-4, 2 RBIs. Frank 3-4, 2 runs.

BASEBALL

• Cooper City 24, Krop 0: WP: Johnny Haney (1-0). LP: Ortega (0-1). Top performers: Johnny Haney 3-3, 2 RBI. run. Phillip Tomasulo 2-2, 4 runs, RBI. Quest Copler 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI. CC 1-0.

• Pinecrest 5, Pope John Paul 1: WP: Garret Rukes. LP: Parker. Top performers: Jordan Schulefanb 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs, SB. Garret Rukes 4-2. PC 1-0

• Late Saturday-Marathon 18, Sagemont 8: WP: Joel Ruiz

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Region 3-8A semifinal: Deerfield Beach at Douglas, 7

Region 4-8A semifinal: Miami High at Flanagan, 7

Region 4-7A semifinal: St. Thomas Aquinas at Nova, 7

Region 4-7A semifinal: Northeast at Palm Beach Lakes, 7

Region 4-5A semifinal: Dillard at Coconut Creek, 7

Region 4-4A semifinal: Calvary Christian at Coral Springs Charter, 7

Region 4-3A semifinal: Sagemont at Miami Country Day, 7

Region 4-2A semifinal: Zion Lutheran at Boca Grandview Prep, 7

BASEBALL

Hallandale vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 6:30

Northeast vs. Boyd Anderson (Boyd Anderson), 3:45

Cypress Bay vs. Coral Glades, 6:30

Hollywood Hills vs. Miramar (Miramar), 6:30

Nova vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 3:45

West Broward vs. Western (Western), 6:30

Hialeah Educational Academy vs. Sagemont (Sagemont), 3:00

Posnack Day School vs. Princeton Christian, 3:30

BOYS’ TENNIS

Cypress Bay vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 3:00

Coral Glades vs. Blanche Ely (Blanche Ely), 3:00

Coral Springs vs. Coconut Creek (Coconut Creek), 3:00

Flanagan vs. South Plantation (South Plantation), 3:00

Western vs. Monarch (Monarch), 3:00

Pompano Beach vs. Northeast (Northeast), 3:30

Pembroke Pines Charter vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Thomas Aquinas), 3:30

Taravella vs. West Broward (West Broward), 3:00

SOFTBALL

Blanche Ely vs. Miramar (Miramar), 4:00

Monarch vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Cardinal Gibbons), 4:00

Coconut Creek vs. Stranahan (Stranahan), 4:00

Cypress Bay vs. Cooper City (Cooper City), 6:30

Coral Springs vs. Coral Springs Charter (Betti Stradling Park), 6:30

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

Flanagan vs. Everglades (Everglades), 6:30

Archbishop McCarthy vs. Hallandale (Hallandale), 4:00

McArthur vs. West Broward (West Broward), 6:30

Piper vs. Western (Western), 6:30

Everglades vs. Somerset Charter (Homestead) (Somerset Charter (Homestead)), 4:00

WEDNESDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Coconut Creek vs. Monarch (Monarch), 3:45

South Broward vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 6:30

McArthur vs. Hollywood Hills (Hollywood Hills), 3:45

Western vs. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines Charter), 6:30

BOYS’ TENNIS

Deerfield Beach vs. Everglades (Everglades), 2:00

Douglas vs. Nova (Nova), 2:00

SOFTBALL

Coral Glades vs. Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), 4:00

Douglas vs. Taravella (Taravella), 4:00

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