South Miami girls edge Lourdes to advance to district final
01/30/2014 12:01 AM
09/08/2014 7:03 PM
South Miami’s girls’ basketball team had watched its past three seasons end against Lourdes in the regional semifinals.
The Cobras returned the favor Wednesday night a little earlier in the postseason this time.
A late defensive stand in the final 10 seconds that prevented Lourdes from putting up a potential game-winning shot allowed South Miami to edge the Bobcats 68-67 in a District 15-8A semifinal at Ferguson High.
South Miami (19-8) advanced to the district championship game Friday at 7 p.m. against Ferguson, which beat Coral Park in the other semifinal. The Cobras split the two regular-season meetings with Ferguson.
Lourdes (17-8) was eliminated in district round for the first time since 2002.
“It was strange facing them this early in the playoffs,” South Miami coach Nicky Fox said. “It was a total team effort and our big players came up huge for us tonight.”
Lourdes’ sharp shooting from three-point range kept it in the game despite South Miami’s notable size advantage. The Bobcats made 12 threes overall led by Mel Jordan’s six as she finished with a game-high 25 points.
But South Miami guard Tamorra Graham, who finished with a team-high 16 points, came up with the key defensive play of the game. Leading by one point, Graham blocked Lourdes guard Ana Sosa on a drive to the basket with 12.8 seconds as Sosa landed out of bounds turning the ball over.
Graham was fouled, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw. Lourdes had one last chance with 10.5 seconds, but was unable to get a shot off in time due to intense pressure defense by the Cobras.
SM (19-8): Ka. Brown 8, Cummings 11, Gil 2, Yanes 10, Graham 16, Kh. Brown 12, King 2. LOU (17-8): Jordan 25, Minervino 12, Sosa 8, Cuoto 2, Vidal 8, Kunkel 8. Half: SM 36-34. Three-pointers: Jordan 6, Sosa 2, Kunkel 2, Vidal 2, Yanes 2, Cummings. Rebounds: Ka. Brown 14. Assists: Graham 4. Steals: Cummings 3. Blocks: Graham 5.
• District 15-8A semifinal — Ferguson 51, Coral Park 23: The Falcons, only four seasons removed from a winless record, clinched their first-ever trip to the regional playoffs with the comfortable home victory. Nachale DeJesus led Ferguson with 17 points and Annie Osceola added 13 points as the Falcons led by as many as 35 in the second half prompting a running clock. Kamaria Johnson finished with 10 points.
FER (20-5): Osceola 13, Mendez 6, Gonzalez 5, DeJesus 17, Johnson 10. CP: Rivera 2, Torres 3, Rodriguez 3, Varela 8, Morales 7. Half: FER 40-10. Three-pointers: Mendez, Gonzalez, Torres.
• District 15-4A semifinal- Booker T Washington 54, Edison 38: BTW (18-4): Bello 23 Leite 21 Miller 7 Haugabook 1 L. Berry 2. Edison: Hyppollite 25 Goodman 2 Raymond 4 Wilcox 7. Steals: Durant 3 L. Berry 2 Miller 2 Bello 2. Blocks: Bello 2 Leite 1. Rebounds: Haugabook 3, L. Berry 4, Miller 3, Bello 5.
• District 15-2A semifinal- Calusa Prep 54, Miami Christian 19: CP: Alexander 13, Hernandez 13, K Miranda 8, N Miranda 2, K Dunteman 6, D Dunteman 4, Valentino 4, Llinas 2, Juvert 2. MC: Lopez 17, Delgato 2.
• Miami beach 72, Westland Hialeah 42: MB (20-5): Tollover 13, Warren 10, Levitz 5, Melendez 2, Galo 5, Roller 6, Delacruz 6, Tegel 5, Scoffing 4, Gauging 2, Brown 12. Rebounds: Brown 16. Blocks: Brown 8. Assists: Warren 11.
• Hebrew Academy 45, Hillel 30: HA (13-5): Wachtel 15, Masin 15, Sultan 7, Diveroli 7, M. Bixon 1. Rebounds: M. Bixon 11. Assists: Diveroli 7. Halftime 22-12 HA.
• Region 4-1A Semifinals- Palmer Trinity 3, Marathon 1: PT (16-5-1): Mikela Garcia goal. Alexa Copeland goal. Sarah Medina goal, assist.
District 16-8A final at Varela: 7
District 15-6A final at Norland: 7
District 15-3A semifinals at Sagemont: International School of Broward-Archbishop Curley winner vs. Somerset Miramar-Sagemont winner, 5; Doctors Charter-South Florida HEAT winner vs. Miami Country Day, 7
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