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Destiny Frazier helps Dillard set up all-South Florida final at Dick’s Sporting Goods tournament

Destiny Frazier (4) helped Dillard reach the final of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Nationals.
Destiny Frazier (4) helped Dillard reach the final of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Nationals. For the Herald

The Fort Lauderdale Dillard girls’ basketball team, ranked third in the USA Today Super 25, set up an all-South Florida championship game in the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Tournament.

Behind 23 points by junior guard Destiny Frazier and a relentless press attack that left No.45 South Shore (New York) worn out by the fourth quarter, Dillard won its semifinal matchup 65-44 on Friday at Christ The King High School in Queens.

After Miami Country Day won its semifinal earlier Friday, the Panthers (31-1) sealed the matchup with a familiar foe from the neighboring county at 10 a.m. Saturday at Madison Square Garden. It guarantees a South Florida school will win the Dick’s Nationals for the first time.

The two state champions — Country Day in 3A and Dillard in 5A — already squared off once this season, on Jan.17 in the Dr. MLK Basketball Showcase at Hollywood Christian, and Dillard came away with a 66-62 victory.

Despite all the state hardware — nine state titles, including five in the past six seasons — Dillard coach Marcia Pinder ranks success on the national level in a game broadcast on ESPNU as its equal.

“This is right up there,” said Pinder, who is wrapping up her 38th season as coach. “When you have seniors and you get this far, it’s all about them because they won’t have that opportunity anymore on the high school level.

“You want them to go out with a bang in the last game.”

One of those seniors is UCF-bound guard Jamesha Paul, who is looking forward to playing her final high school game in the “world’s most famous arena.”

“I’m very excited, but most of all I want to do it for my team,” said Paul, who had nine points, four assists and two steals in Friday’s win.

Another senior, Courtney Parson, stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists and six steals.

Dillard, the tournament’s No.1 seed, pulled away with a 29-11 fourth quarter after leading by just one early in the final period.

“We just tried to throw some different defenses,” Pinder said. “We wanted to see how strong the guards were, and we took advantage of some turnovers with some easy baskets.”

South Shore (23-5) turned the ball over 25 times.

“We just ran out of gas down the stretch in the fourth quarter,” South Shore coach Anwar Gladden said. “We just couldn’t sustain it.”

Frazier had her game-high point total off the bench and made 4 of 6 three-pointers.

“Once the game started, the tempo picked up and it was a close game, so we had to hit a couple of shots, hit free throws, attack the basket,” Frazier said.

Frazier added that she never expected to play in Madison Square Garden, but she finally saw it as a real possibility “once we walked in the gym.”

BASEBALL

▪ Doral Academy 9, Key West 1:

DA 0 3 1 3 0 2 0 — 9 8 1

KW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 2 1

WP: Christian Cuba 6 IP, 7 K’s, R, 2H (3-0). Top Performers: Nelson Montilla 2H, R, RBI. Robert Lavia H, 2R. Michael Marin 2H, RBI. Andres Balbuenas R, RBI. DA 12-7-1.

▪ Late Thursday — Florida Christian 6, Mater Lakes 0:

ML 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 4 1

FC 4 0 2 0 0 0 — 6 10 0

WP: Alex Nodarse 6IP, 6K’s. Top Performers: Ruben Someillan 2-3. Jorge Iza 2-3.

▪ Late Thursday — Goleman 12, Hialeah Educational Academy 1:

HEA 1 0 0 0 0 — 1

GOL 1 0 9 2 — 12

WP: Kevin Perez 4IP, 5K’s, ER, 2-3. Top Performers: Eric Delgado 3-3, 5RBI, 2R, 3B. Jeremy Garcia 2-2, 3SB, 2RBI, R. BG 17-2.

▪ Late Thursday — Varela 9, South Dade 6:

SD 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 — 6 10 0

VAR 2 0 4 1 0 2 X — 9 8 1

Top Performers: Chris Allende 2-2, 2R, 2RBI, HR. JC Garcia 2-3, 3B, 2B, 3RBI. Erickson Canoura 2-3, 2R. Tony Mejias 2-3, RBI.

▪ Late Thursday — Braddock 1, Southwest 0:

BRA 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 3 1

SW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 5 1

WP: Nelson Alvarez 5.2 IP, 6K’s. Top Performers: Willie Padron 1-3, RBI. Yandy Morales R.

▪ Late Thursday — American 12, North Miami Beach 2:

NMB 2 0 0 0 0 X X — 2 2 0

AME 2 0 7 2 1 X X — 12 11 0

▪ Late Thursday — Mater Academy 5, Coral Park 4: WP: Kevin Fuentes. Top Performers: Tyler Perez 3-4, RBI. Raul Frias 2-3, 2 RBI, 2B. Joey Jimenez R, 2 RBI. Lazaro Rodriguez 3-3, 3 R, 2 2B. Chris Cabrera 2-3, R.

▪ Late Thursday — Reagan 11, Hialeah Miami Lakes 3: RR 9-7.

▪ Late Thursday — Westland Hialeah 9, Central 1: WH 13-7.

▪ Late Thursday — Miami Beach 4, Krop 1: MB 7-10. KRO 8-11.

▪ Late Thursday — Miami Christian 3, Champagnat 1: MC 9-9. CHA 1-13.

▪ Late Thursday — Hialeah 15, North Miami 1: HIA 9-11-1.

▪ Late Thursday — TERRA 10, Keys Gate 0: TER 16-4. KG 6-14-1.

▪ Late Thursday — Ransom Everglades 12, Key West 2: RE 5-11. KW 12-7.

▪ Late Tuesday — Miami High 3, Miami Beach 1:

MB 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 3 1

MIA 0 1 2 0 0 0 X — 3 11 3

WP: Christopher Rodriguez (2-2). LP: Eduardo Rodriguez. Top Performers: Christian Torres 3-3, RBI. Victor Herrera 2-3, R. Edgard Aparicio 2-3, 2B, RBI. MIA 12-6 (9-0).

SOFTBALL

▪ Florida Christian 11, Coral Gables 10:

FC 3 0 3 0 2 3 0 — 11 9 4

CG 1 0 3 3 0 0 3 — 10 10 1

WP: Karli Smith. Top Performers: Brittany Suarez 2-3, 5 RBI. Addy Garcia 2-3, RBI, 3 R. Sam Elias 2-4, RBI. FC 14-8.

▪ Late Thursday — Reagan 8, Coral Park 3: WP: Melanie Isaza 2-4, RBI, 2 K’s. Top Performers: Ariana Bueno 2-3, RBI. Gabrielle Cutie 1-4.

▪ Late Tuesday — Reagan 15, Westland 10: WP: Melanie Isaza 2-3, 2 BB, 9 K’s. Top Performers: Maria Belen Lella 3-5. Monica Perez 2-4, RBI.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ Varela d. Palmetto: Kevin Guerrero 7 digs, 3 aces. Alexander Gonzalez 6 digs, 13 kills, 3 blocks. Steven Arroyave 29 assists, ace, 2 kills. Sebastian Tenorio 8 kills, 8 blocks. Randy Rivera 8 kills, 2 aces. Randall Elkind 6 kills, ace.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

▪ Late Thursday — Miami Country Day 23, Goleman 7: Sofia Zamboli goal, 2 assists, steal. Amelia Gregorio 6 goals, assists, steal. Yakira Matisonn 3 goals. Sidney Thomas 3 goals, 6 assists, 2 steals. Yordanos Meshesha 2 goals, 2 assists. Mia Simmonds goal, assist, 2 steals, block. Yasmine Bazzi 4 goals. Gaby Marchesoni goal, 2 assists. Gaby Palmisano 2 goals, 10 blocks, steal, 2 assists. Ana Rusconi steal.

BOYS’ WATER POLO

▪ Late Thursday — Miami Country Day 19, Goleman 13: Lucas Cea goal, 4 assists, steal, block. Sebastian Melladi 5 goals, assist. Christian Claramonte goal, 13 blocks, 4 steals, assist. Jonathan Abramowitz 6 goals, 3 assists. Eric Bernstein 3 goals, 2 assists, steal. Zach Smith goal, 2 assists. Sebastian Rodriguez goal, steal. Juan Martin Caro goal, assist, steal. Alec Rosen assist. Sam Smith assist.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

BASEBALL

Westwood Christian at Archbishop Coleman, 1

SOFTBALL

American at Coral Reef, 10 a.m.

Marist School at Westminster Christian, 7

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