Miami High’s bid for a perfect season ended Saturday afternoon in a wild girls’ basketball game that featured a key first-quarter ejection, trash-talking, elbows, a buzzer-beating shot to force overtime and a post-game fight.
The result was a 71-70 overtime win by Thomas Edison (Alexandria, Va.) in a semifinal of the Junior Orange Bowl Classic tournament.
Edison (8-1) will play for the girls’ title Monday night at 6:30 against Nova (13-2). The boys’ final, which will match Putnam City West (Oklahoma City, Okla.) vs. the winner between Pembroke Pines Charter and Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), is set for Monday at 8 p.m. All games are at Reagan High in Doral.
“I’m so upset,” Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said. “My best player (Beatrice Mompremier) gets thrown out for nothing — for blocking out. Their kid was right at (Mompremier’s) elbow.”
Mompremier, ranked by ESPN as the nation’s fifth-best center in the Class of 2015, had earlier drawn a technical foul for trash-talking with Edison’s Tierra Cochraham, who was also penalized.
“She said she was going to beat my (butt),” Mompremier said when asked what started the argument.
With 1:14 left in the first quarter and the score tied 10-10, Mompremier was issued her second technical for what was ruled an elbow swing. That second technical resulted in the ejection of a player who had averaged 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Stings’ recent tournament win in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mompremier left Monday’s game with four points, six rebounds and one block.
After she was ejected, Miami High, a tired team from its recent travels to Orlando and Myrtle Beach, somehow found the energy to lead by as many as 15 points.
In fact, Edison never led in the second, third or fourth quarters.
Credit must go to the entire Stings team but especially tiny point guard Amanda Mendoza, who scored a game-high 25 points.
With 12.8 seconds left in regulation, Mendoza hit one of two free throws to put the Stings up 63-60. That left the door open for Tatiana Torres, who threw in a baseball-styled shot that banked in for a three-pointer at the buzzer.
“I think her foot may have been on the line,” Baumgarten said. “We’ll see when we watch the film. I’ll probably be mad all over again.”
Miami High (16-1) never led in overtime but had a chance to win when Edison missed two free throws with 9.6 seconds left. Stings guard Melshree Reid raced up court but was stripped of the ball as time expired.
After the game, as the players and coaches lined up to shake hands, a fight between the girls broke out, and it took a couple minutes before order was restored.
Baumgarten and Edison Coach Diane Lewis said they did not see how the fight started.
“I was shaking hands when I heard the commotion behind me,” Lewis said. “It was getting heated for a while during the game. I’m not saying we weren’t at fault – it was just getting to be an emotional game.
“It was a well-played game. I wish all the other stuff hadn’t happened.”
Thomas Edison (Alexandria, Va.) 71, Miami High 70 (OT)
Other Saturday girls’ scores:
Nova 55, Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 51
Ferguson 62, Flanagan 44
South Miami 50, Fenwick (Oak Park, Ill.) 47
Bartow 78, American 56
Gimnazija Bezigrad (Slovenia) 62, Mater Academy 55
Putnam City West (Oklahoma City, Okla.) 61, South Miami 55
Gonzaga (Washington D.C.) 74, Pembroke Pines Charter 64
9 a.m. – 7th place girls: Ferguson vs. Fenwick
10:30 a.m. – 7th place boys: Mater vs. American
Noon – 5th place girls: Flanagan vs. South Miami
1:30 p.m. – 5th place boys: Bartow vs. Bezigrad
3:30 p.m. – 3rd place girls: Miami High vs. Mt. Lebanon
5 p.m. – 3rd place boys: South Miami vs. Pembroke Pines Charter
6:30 p.m. - Girls’ championship game: Thomas Edison vs. Nova
8 p.m. – Boys’ championship game: Putnam City West (Oklahoma City, Okla.) vs. Gonzaga (Washington D.C.)
•Sagemont 50, Viera 44: SAG (9-4):
Provenzano 6, Black 16, Rucker 2, Marshall 18, Jackson 4, Correa 4. Rebounds: Jackson 5, Black 5. Assists: Provenzano 3, Black 3, Marshall 3. Steals: Rucker 3, Black 3. Three-pointers: Marshall 4, Black 1.
•South Miami 50, Fenwick 47: SM:
Ka. Brown 2, Cummings 8, Gil 2, Graham 16, Kh. Brown 7, Evens 15.
•Ferguson 62, Flanagan 44: FER (14-2):
Osceola 17, Molina 1, DeJesus 18, Johnson 9, Gonzalez 17.Rebounds: T. Gonzalez 9, N. DeJesus 7, A. Osceola 5. Assists: A. Osceola 6, N. DeJesus 6. Steals: A. Osceola 4, N. DeJesus 4.
•Palmer Trinity 44, Bishop Verot 37: PT (12-2):
Gonzalez 7, Iglesias 2, Baiamonte 6, Forristall 2, Hebb 10, Solar 1, Parten 8, Waldman 10. Rebounds: Parten 6. Assists: Gonzalez 4. Steals: Solar 2.
•Coral Reef 53, Southwest 43: CR:
R. Alespeiti 19, B. Sanders 12, A. Alespeiti 6, S. Flores 5, C. Rodriguez 4, J. Delancy 3 A. Rodriguez 2, O. Finol 2. Rebounds: A. Alespeiti 7. Steals: C. Rodriguez 4, A. Alespeiti 4, B. Sanders 4.
•American 72, Rock (Gainsville) 54: AME (15-1):
Mccloud 26, Smith 16, Jones 10, Griffin 10, David 9, Williams 1.
Rodney Simeon scored 23 points as Boyd Anderson defeated the FABC-SourceHoops Class 7A No. 1 Blanche Ely 77-68 in overtime in the D-Hop Classic Championship game at Palm Beach Lakes.
It was sweet redemption for the Cobras (9-2) who wasted a seven-point lead with 48 seconds left in the rivals’ first matchup this season and lost 78-75 to Ely (13-1) in overtime.
Lance Tejada III had a team-high 18 points for the Tigers.
•Miami Beach 67, San Luis Obispo of California 37: MB (12-2):
Brown 32, Warren 10, Elverize 4. Assists: Warren 11. Rebounds: Brown 20. Blocks: Brown 8.
•Calusa Prep 53, Palmetto 52: CP:
Levarity 33, Colon 10, Fernandez 6, Machado 2, Alexander 2.PAL:
Wasser 11, Steward 15, Pabchaca 4, Li 2, Woodall 3, Molinares 2, Hardaway 5, Miller 4, Ehlies 4. Assists: Machado 6. Rebounds: Levarity 13. Steals: Colon 4.
•Braddock 50, Gulf Coast 38: BRA:
Garcia 7, Cueto 11, Diaz 14, Reese 4, Echemendia 4, Esquivel 2, Ruiz 8.GC:
Spivy 3, Tormey 3, Peterson 1, Czaplewski 8, White 4, Weber 16, Tricker 2, Small 1. Assists: Cueto 5, Garcia 4. Rebounds: Echemendia 14, Diaz 10. Steals: Diaz 4, Echemendia 4.