Beatrice Mompremier found out this week she was a McDonald’s All-American nominee.
That’s hardly a surprise for those who follow high school girls’ basketball in South Florida.
And neither is watching her put together dominant performances as she has throughout her career and did again Saturday during a 54-33 Stingarees victory over Miami Lourdes at the Bobcats gym.
Mompremier, a Baylor University signee, finished with 29 points and 15 rebounds, blocked six shots and went 7 of 7 from the free-throw line as she helped the defending Class 8A state champions cruise into this week’s GMAC tournament with a 19-3 record.
“Beatrice is averaging about 27 points per game, and she needed a game like this at the foul line,” Miami High coach Sam Baumgarten said. “Our newcomers and some faces from the past have done the little things like playing good defense.”
With Mompremier steady, the difference on this year’s Miami High team was the absence of guard Amanda Mendoza — a star for the Stingarees for the past four seasons.
Miami High has gotten contributions from a few sources such as Anette Dukes, Annalisse Vargas, Andrisa Sweeting and Alondra Angulo over the course of the season in the backcourt to complement Mompremier’s dominance down low.
The Stingarees led wire to wire and only allowed Lourdes (16-3) to score two points in the second quarter. The drought continued for the Bobcats in the third as they didn’t score until Val Sanchez’s layup with 2:19 left in the quarter broke a 15-0 Miami High surge. Miami High led by as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Miami High will play another of Miami-Dade County’s better teams Tuesday when it plays South Miami in the opening round of the GMAC tournament at 6 p.m. at Southridge High. A victory would pit the Stingarees against either Miami Norland or Southridge in the semifinals, and that could be followed by a potential championship game clash with Ferguson, Miami High’s regional finals opponent last year.
“We’ve got a lot of different kids that have shown a lot of courage and stepped up,” Baumgarten said. “We’re not as crisp as we were last year, but I think we have the athletes and the players to hopefully get it done again over the next few weeks.”
MHS (19-3): Mompremier 29, Dukes 9, Angulo 8, Vargas 3, Weldon 3, Clavell 2. LOU (16-3): Minervino 5, Maristany 12, Couto 2, Midolo 2, Sanchez 2, Moralejo 10. Half: MHS 22-13. Three-pointers: Moralejo 2, Angulo 2, Maristany, Minervino. Rebounds: Mompremier 15. Assists: Sweeting, Vargas 4. Steals: Angulo 4. Blocks: Mompremier 6.