Whenever people discuss who is the top Miami-Dade County girls’ basketball player of all time, one name still pops up more often than all others — Sylvia Fowles.
Last Friday, Fowles earned one of her more prestigious honors in what continues to be a legendary basketball career.
Fowles, 29, was one of eight athletes inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame this year. Fowles, a graduate of Gulliver Prep who also starred at Miami Edison her first three years of high school, is a three-time WNBA All-Star and currently plays for the Minnesota Lynx.
Fowles led LSU to the NCAA Final Four all four years of her college career, earning All-America honors and becoming the sixth woman at the time to dunk in a collegiate game.
Fowles, a 6-6 center, is a three-time All-Star having played for the Chicago Sky the past seven seasons before signing with the Lynx before the 2015 season. Fowles was also a member of the gold-medal winning USA teams in 2008 and 2012.
During her high school career, Fowles led Edison to a pair of state titles before transferring to Gulliver where she led the Raiders to a state title and undefeated season her senior year.
Archbishop McCarthy’s girls finished third out of 18 teams over the weekend at the Antigua National Invitational in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Christen Simons led the Mavericks individually finishing tied for seventh (75-74, 149 over two days). Michelle Rodriguez shot a two-day total of 153 to finish 16th and Casey Sommer finished 18th after shooting 154 over two days.
The Mavericks’ boys placed 15th out of 24 teams led by Anthony Wells, who tied for 21st after shooting a 79 on the first day and 72 on the second day.
American Heritage didn’t fall too far in the national rankings despite its 23-22 heartbreaking loss to DeMatha Catholic. The Patriots dropped only one spot to No. 16 in USA Today’s Super 25, and remained at No. 19 in MaxPreps’ rankings. PrepNation vaulted Heritage from 19 to 13 despite of the loss.
Following its convincing win over Miramar, St. Thomas Aquinas held steady at No. 2 by USA Today and MaxPreps and No. 3 by PrepNation.
Flanagan moved up to No. 7 by MaxPreps and No. 19 by USA Today following its 21-14 win over Coconut Creek.