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Dillard girls’ basketball tops Bradenton Southeast to reach another championship game

Fort Lauderdale Dillard’s Jacaira Allen goes up for a basket as Bradenton Southeast’s Mirline Valcin defends during the FHSAA Class 5A girls’ basketball semifinals at The Lakeland Center on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in Lakeland.
Fort Lauderdale Dillard’s Jacaira Allen goes up for a basket as Bradenton Southeast’s Mirline Valcin defends during the FHSAA Class 5A girls’ basketball semifinals at The Lakeland Center on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 in Lakeland. For the Herald

It was easy to forget which team was the defending state champion Friday night.

Dillard, an eight-time state champion, completely outplayed Bradenton Southeast, last year’s Class 5A state champion, during a 73-29 state semifinal victory at The Lakeland Center.

A year after having its four-year state championship streak snapped, Dillard looked ready to start a new championship run.

“We’re hungry, but we’re humble at the same time,” Dillard guard Destiny Frazier said. “We can’t go out there and just say, ‘We’re Dillard’ and not play hard. Everyone has put in the work, and we’re ready to win a state championship.”

The Panthers (29-1), ranked No. 9 nationally by USA Today, will take on Jacksonville Paxon on Saturday night at 8:30 in the Class 5A final as they vie for ninth state title and fifth in six seasons.

Dillard, which extended its winning streak to 19 games, is a perfect 8 for 8 in state championship games under legendary coach Marcia Pinder and has not lost a game at the state final four since 2000.

If Dillard prevails, Pinder would have the most state titles of any coach in state history.

A ninth state title would draw the Panthers within one of Jacksonville Ribault’s state-record 10 championships.

“Statistics have never been my forte because records are made to be broken,” Pinder said. “It’s about bigger things and that’s the girls.”

Frazier kick-started the rout by hitting three three-pointers during a 17-0 surge that followed a three-pointer by Southeast (26-5) to open the game.

Frazier finished with 17 points and went 5 for 8 from three-point range.

Four players scored in double figures, led by Jamesha Paul and Jacaira Allen, who each had double-doubles.

Paul finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Allen had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

“I was impressed with the way we came out aggressive and played well,” Pinder said. “We were so young last year, and we just couldn’t get it done.

“We weren’t tournament-ready mentally, and we had injuries. Our key player [last year] Briana Green went down with a torn ACL and that hurt us.”

Paul’s layup with 1:55 remaining in the third quarter prompted a running clock once Dillard’s lead ballooned to 36 points.

The Panthers’ defense limited Southeast to 23.9 percent shooting (11 of 46) and totaled 22 steals as a team led by Frazier’s seven and point guard Courtney Parson’s five takeaways.

Pinder said Parson exemplifies how much this Dillard team wants to get back to state championship status.

“[Parson] is back this season, and I have something she wrote on my desk at my office that says, ‘I want four rings,’” Pinder said. “She missed last year because of an ACL, so she really wants this one.”

DIL (29-1): Paul 21, Frazier 17, Allen 12, Wyatt 10, Parson 4, Ti. Wilks 2, Ty. Wilks 2, Grier 2, Lee 2, Adams 1. SE (26-5): Valcin 9, Clark 2, Red 1, Giardina 9, Green 8. Half: DIL 42-15. Three-pointers: Frazier 5, Giardina 3. Rebounds: Paul, Allen, Valcin 10. Assists: Frazier, Allen 5. Steals: Frazier 7. Blocks: Grier 3.

SOCCER

The 25th annual Dade County High School Coaches/Soccer Locker Senior All-Star games will be played Saturday at Miami Country Day.

The girls’ Class 5A-1A game will start the event at 3 p.m. followed by the Class 3A-1A boys’ game and 5A-4A boys’ game at 5 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $6 and benefit the Cancer Society.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

BASEBALL

▪ University School 10, Naples Seacrest 0

Univ: 711-01 -- -- 10-8-0

Sea: 000-00 -- -- 0-3-2

WP: Buddy Hayward (2-0); LP: Rivera. Top performers: Buddy Hayward 5 IP, 4 K; Michael Glantz 2-3, 2 RBI; Sammy Guillorme 2-2, 3 RS; Kyle Oren 3 RBI. Univ 5-1.

▪ Miami High 9, Hialeah 1

MHS: 012-015-0 -- -- 9-13-1

Hia: 000-010-0 -- -- 1-4-1

WP: Andy Escano; LP: Erislandy Rivas; Sv: Edgar Aparicio. Top performers: Gus Miranda 3-3; Chris Rodriguez 3-4, 2 RBI; Victor Herrera 2-4, RBI. MHS 1-3, Hia 0-4-1.

▪ Southwest 15, Ferguson 2

Fer: 011-00 -- -- 2-2-3

SW: 410-(10)x -- -- 15-12-3

WP: Jason Graña (1-1); LP: Sergio Ramos. Top performers: Rey Pastrana 3-4, HR 3 RBI; Austin Sprinkle 2-3, 3 RBI; Danny Cruz 2-3, 3 RBI; Alec Delgado 2-3, 2 RBI. SW 1-4, Fer 2-2.

▪ TERRA 8, Braddock 3

Brad: 200-000-1 -- -- 3-7-1

TER: 400-103-x -- -- 8-10-1

WP: Joe Sanchez (2-0); LP: Velazquez; Top performers: Yasser Santana 2-2; Lance Curtis 2-3, 2 RBI; Ozzie Millet 2 RBI. TERRA 4-1.

▪ Westminster Christian 5, Jupiter 0

WC: 101-102-0 -- -- 5-7-1

Jup: 000-000-0 -- -- 0-2-2

WP: Danny Perez (1-0); LP: Brown. Top performers: Perez 5 IP, 5 K; Alvero Valdez 1-3, RBI; Dillon Cloonan 2 ip, 2 K. WC 4-0-1.

▪ Coral Gables 11, Coral Park 1

CP: 000-001 -- -- 1-5-1

CG: 230-033 -- -- 11-13-0

WP: Andrew Cabezas (2-0); Top performers: Cabezas 4 ip, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 K; Coco Montez 3-4, dbl, trp; Raymond Gonzalez 2-3, trp, 3 RBI. CG 2-1.\

▪ Pines Charter 8, Archbishop Carroll 0

AC: 000-000-0 -- -- 0-3-2

PC: 004-121-x -- -- 8-7-0

WP: Anthony Garcia (1-0). Key performers: Anthony Gomez 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Danny Rodriguez-Velez 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Garcia 6 IP, 0 ER. PC 4-1.

▪ Mourning 10, Carol City 0

CC: 000-000 -- -- 0-0-7

Mour: 700-30x -- -- 10-13-0

WP: Jim Varona (2-0). Top performers: Marcel Guardarrama 3-4, 2 RBI, 3 RS; Aaron Petrash 2-3, RBI, 2 RS; Alex Perez 2-3, 3 RBI, 4 SB; Varona 2-3, 3 RBI, 5 IP, 0 HA, 10 K. Mour 4-1.

▪ Sagemont 24, Dade Christian 19

DC: 111-574-0 -- -- 19-10-6

Sag: 715-893-x -- -- 24-17-4

WP: Adam Tulloch (2-1). Top performers: Luis Tuero 3-4, 3 RS, 3 RBI; Stefan Reuelo 3-5, 3 RS, 4RBI; Edison Rodriguez 3-6, 3 RS, 5 RBI.

▪ University School 8, Coral Springs Charter 2

CSC: 000-000-0 -- -- 2-11-2

Univ: 231-200-x -- -- 8-7-1

WP: Evan McKendry (3-0); LP: Faircloth. Top performers: McKendry 6 IP, 10 K, 0 ER; Evan Klugerman 3 BB, RBI; Kyle Oren 1-2, RBI. Univ 4-1.

▪ Ronald Reagan 8, Jackson 7: Yaden Hernandez 3-4, TRP, DBL, game-winning RBI. RR 4-2, Jax 3-3.

▪ Palmer Trinity 11, Champagnat 1: Top performers: Miller 2-3, HR, 3RBI; Pico 2-4; Kross CG, 5 K.

▪ Palmer Trinity 8, Coral Shores 2: Top performers: Walker CG; Steinman 1-2, RBI; Peckins 1-3, RBI.

SOFTBALL

▪ Palmetto 9, Southwest 4

SW: 020-020-0 -- -- 4-10-2

Palm: 250-200-x -- -- 9-11-3

WP: Amanda Guglietta (3-1); LP: Unisis Suarez. Top performers: Carly Herskowitz 2-3, 2 RS, 2 RBI; Kiley Kross 2-3, 2 RS, 2 RBI; Guglietta 2-3, trip, 4 RBI. Palm 4-1.

▪ Monarch 17, Northeast 0

NE: 000 -- -- 0-0-3

Mon: (14)3x -- -- 17-13-0

WP: Emily Estroff (2-1). Top performers: Emily Forbes 3 Hl; Stefany Collins HR, # RBI. Mon 8-1.

▪ Goleman 13, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 3

HML: 000-30 -- -- 3-4-11

Gol: 480-1x -- -- 13-10-3

WP: Natalie Costero (7-0). Top performers: Natalie Costero 2-2, 3 RBI, HR, 3 SB; Jessica Costero 2-3, HR, 2 RS; Michi Oliva 2-3, 2 RS, 3 RBI. Gol 7-0.

▪ Dr. Krop 15, Westland Hialeah 0

WH: 000-0 -- -- 0-1-7

DK: 734-1 -- -- 15-14-1

WP: Karina Delarosa. Top performers: Karina Delarosa 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Taylor Coachman 3-4, 3 RBI; Kassidy Klein 3-3. DK 6-0.

▪ Florida Christian 4, American 1

Am: 000-100-0 -- -- 1-5-1

FC: 000-400-x -- -- 4-6-3

WP: Faith Vazquez (2-0). Top performers: Addy Garcia HR, 3 RBI; Brittany Suarez HR, RBI; Victoria Alonso 1-3. FC 3-0.

▪ Keys Gate 17, SLAM 2

KG: (10)13-30 -- -- 18-8-2

SLAM: 200-00 -- -- 2-1-4

WP: Madison Wells (4-1); LP: J.Garcia (1-3). Top performers: Wells 4 K; 2 RBI; Lauren Richardson dbl; KG 5-1

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Region 4-8A final: South Miami at McArthur, 7

Region 3-8A final: Wellington at Douglas, 7

Region 4-7A final: Blanche Ely at Central, 7

Region 4-6A final: Pines Charter at Norland, 7

Region 4-5A final: Cardinal Gibbons at Eustis, 7

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