Chloe Nixon guides Gulliver Prep past Florida Christian, to region final against Calvary Christian

02/12/2014 12:00 AM

02/12/2014 1:16 AM

Chloe Nixon scored host Gulliver Prep’s final eight points to help it overcome a fourth-quarter deficit and advance past Florida Christian on Tuesday night.

“I think we executed the fourth quarter well,” Nixon said. “They started to catch up, so we had to slow them down and match their intensity.”

With the win, Gulliver (25-5) will play host to Calvary Christian in the Region 4-4A final at 7 p.m. Friday.

Camila Wirshing scored seven first-quarter points and helped Gulliver to a 12-9 lead going into the second quarter.

The Raiders were not able to pull away in the second quarter, as Patriots junior Nicole Jimenez hit two three-pointers to keep the score close. Gulliver led 22-20 at the half.

As time expired in the third quarter, Jimenez hit a corner three-pointer to give Florida Christian (21-9) a 30-29 lead going in the fourth.

With 2 minutes 34 seconds to play, a free throw by Nixon gave the Raiders a 35-34 lead. On the following possession, Nixon was fouled while making a layup and connected on the free throw. She added four more points from the foul line late as the Patriots were unable to score and were forced to foul.

Region 4-4A Semifinals: Gulliver 42, Florida Christian 34: GUL: Nixon 16, Wirshing 13, Stjepanovic 5, Bellinghieri 3, Pyatt 2, Thomas 3. FC: Jimenez 19, Martinez 9, Renouf 4, Irvine 2. Halftime: GUL 22-20. Three-Pointers: Jimenez 4, Martinez, Nixon, Bellinghieri, Stjepanovic. Rebounds: Thomas 10. Assists: Wirshing 3. Steals: Jimenez 2.

HOPKINS HIRED

Monsignor Pace announced Tuesday it has hired Adam Hopkins as its girls’ basketball coach.

Hopkins, who was an assistant coach at Pace for three seasons, previously coached at now-defunct Miramar Parkway Academy, guiding that school to two state championships and five trips to the state final four in a six-year span. Hopkins compiled a 280-53 record during his eight seasons at Parkway.

Hopkins, who also coached at Hialeah in the early 2000s, said he took a year off from coaching this season after Parkway Academy closed down.

“This is where I wanted to be one of the programs we want to take back to what it used to be,” Hopkins said. “They’re young kids, a sophomore mostly group just getting them in the gym and working on the fundamentals.

“They have the ability. They just need a leader on the floor.”

ANDRE C. FERNANDEZ

BASEBALL

Norland 7, Homestead 5:

NOR: 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 3 – 7

HOM: 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 – 5

WP: Cleveland Westbrook (1-0). LP: J. Zarzabal (0-1). Top performers: Cleveland Westbrook 9 innings pitched, 8 K's, 1-2 with 3 stolen bases. Dillon Belle 4-5, HR, 4 RBI. Brandon Carter 2-4. Nor 1-0.

Pro Grounds Invititaional Tournament – Killian 8, Gulliver 7:

GUL: 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 – 7

KIL: 0 1 0 1 0 5 0 1 – 8

WP: Stevens (1-0). LP: Joey Martinez (0-1). Top performers: KIL: Spencer Levine 3-4, 3 HR, 5 RBI, Walk-off HR. Danny Cunba 2-4, run scored. Stevens 1-2 WP. KIL (1-0).

Miami High 6, Westland Hialeah 0:

WH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0

MH 0 0 0 1 0 5 X – 6

WP: Evan Delgado (1-0). LP: Ariera. SV: Edgar Aparicio (1). Top performers: Argenis Hernandez: 2-2, double, SB, 2 runs. Victor Herrera 2-3, 2 RBI, run. Dayron Mallea: 1-3, double, 2 RBI, run.

Ferguson 2, Palmetto 1:

FER 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 – 2

PAL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1

WP: Kevin Torres (1-0). Top performers: Alan Saumell 6 innings, no earned runs, 3 hits, 8 Ks. Kevin Torres win in relief, 2 innings, no hits, 6 Ks. Alex Medina 2-4, game- winning RBI. Ricardo Duran 3-4, run.

Miami Springs 2, Hialeah Gardens 0:

MS 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 – 2

HG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0

WP: David Cervantes. SV: Juan Kirk. Top performers: Ronald Acosta 1-3, 2 runs. Austin Voeller 1-3, RBI.

SOFTBALL

TERRA 10, Mater 6:

MAT 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 – 6

TERR 2 0 1 3 0 4 X – 10

Top performers: Tayler Sanchez (1-1) 9 strikeouts. Amanda portal 1-1, 3 walks, 3 runs, 2 RBI. Oceana Camejo 2-2, 2 walks, 2 runs, 2 RBI. Victoria Conway 3-4, run, 3 RBI.

North Miami Beach 14, Central 13:

NMB 3 1 3 3 3 1 – 14

CEN 1 3 3 2 0 4 – 13

WP: Ashley Flete. Top performers: Sabrina Saint-Felix 3-4, 2 doubles. Riccia Holder 3-4, 2 runs. Ashley Flete 2-4, 3 runs.

Mourning 18, Carol City 15:

WP: Taylor Fisher (3-1). Top performers: Karina Cabada 3-3, 3 RBI. Victoria Davidson 2-3, 2 RBI. MOU 3-1.

BOYS’ TENNIS

• Ransom Everglades 6, International Studies 1: Samuel Rubell won 8-0; Grant Dill won 8-5; Patrick Visan won 8-0. RE 2-0.

•  Belen Jesuit 7, Key West 0: Alejandro Hasagawa 8-1, Christian Perez 8-0, Danny Martinez 8-0. BJ 1-0.
•  Belen Jesuit 6, Coral Shores 0: Alejandro Hasagawa 9-8 (7-5), Mark Lagunas 8-0, Genaro Poulat 8-0. BJ 2-0.
•  Palmetto 7, Southridge 0: Jake Guttentag 8-0, Wille Yang 8-0, Max Woodbury 8-0, Serag Shanbaky 8-0, Peter Schuler 8-0. PAL 2-0.
•  North Miami Beach 7, Booker T. Washington 0: Wengly Saintlouis 8-2. Doubles: Osman Aguilera/Brandon Singletary 8-0. NMB (1-0).
•  Hialeah 4, North Miami 3: Chris Ramirez won 8-2, Ricardo Delavina won 8-1. Doubles: Ramirez/Martinez 8-6. HIA (1-1).

GIRLS’ TENNIS

• Gulliver 6, Krop 1: Olivia Thaler 8-2, Alyssa Pujals 8-0, Lindy Lyons 8-5, Estefania Navarro 8-1. GUL 2-0.

•  Palmetto 7, Southridge 0: Alejandra Arizmendi 8-0, Marina VanZimmerman 8-0, Devin Apollon 8-0, Isabella Maldonaldo 8-0, Joli Guttentag 8-1. PAL 2-0.
•  North Miami Beach 7, Booker T. Washington 0: Analis Lawrence 8-0, Therese Lucky 8-2. Doubles: Paloma Cabral/Edeline Metiver 8-0. NMB (1-0).

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