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Cardinal Gibbons falls behind early, loses state girls’ basketball semifinal to defending champions

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Members of the Cardinal Gibbons girls basketball team talks about making it to the state final four for the first time since 2000.
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Members of the Cardinal Gibbons girls basketball team talks about making it to the state final four for the first time since 2000.

Cardinal Gibbons knew exactly what it was up against Wednesday afternoon.

Any hopes of holding up against Lake Highland Prep, the reigning state champions from Orlando, ended quickly during a lopsided first half that led to a 69-34 defeat in a Class 4A state semifinal at The Lakeland Center.

But the dream the Chiefs did make a reality was turning a young team unable to get through its own district playoffs the prior two seasons into a state tournament qualifier for the first time since 2000.

"We knew what we were in for as far as the talent on the other side," Gibbons coach Kevin Gordon said.

"Our plan was to try and slow it down as much as possible. You have to play perfect to beat a team like that. Let’s take what we did this year to get to this point. What happened out there today doesn’t take away from that at all."

Gibbons’ three seniors, Christa Tumminello, Michelle Cohen and Kylee Gregos, and Gordon, each got emotional reflecting on their journey together – one that began during youth basketball even before the trio donned the school’s white and red jerseys.

"I really didn’t have a future in basketball until I met Coach Gordon and joined this program," Gregos said. "Our five starters wanted to make a difference here and this year has been a dream come true. We didn’t get what we wanted, but we’ve grown and learned so much."

Tumminello, a 5-5 point guard who has signed to play at Lees-McRae, a Division-II school in North Carolina, was one of the few bright spots for the Chiefs (22-5). She finished with a team-high 16 points and made four three-pointers.

Two of those triples sparked Gibbons’ best stretch of the game when it started the third quarter on an 8-0 run. But it did little to shrink the 34-9 deficit the Chiefs had going into halftime.

Lake Highland Prep (28-3), which will try to win its third state title overall Thursday, allowed Gibbons only one basket by Cohen in the first quarter to lead 19-2 after one period.

Gibbons went 1 for 9 from the field in that quarter and 10 for 36 for the game, turning the ball over 14 times against the Highlanders’ pressure. Lake Highland shot 51 percent and had four players score in double figures led by 18 points each from highly-rated junior guard Rachel Jablonski and Koi Love, one of the nation’s top-rated freshmen forwards. The game went to a running clock with 4:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.

"We definitely had to work hard for everything today," Tumminello said. "This is just so hard for us being our last game, but coach set me up for my future and gave me a great opportunity."

Gibbons figures to remain a contender next season as it returns two talented starters in sophomore guard Deja Antoine and junior wing Ayanna Armstead, who hit the game-winning shot against Booker T. Washington in the regional finals this past Saturday.

"Coming this far set the tone for next season," said Cohen, a Colorado State-Pueblo signee who had six points and five rebounds. "Even on optional days, our girls will be in the gym constantly trying to get better."

CG (22-5): Cohen 6, Antoine 3, Gregos 1, Armstead 2, Tumminello 16, Zeschke 3, Fox 3. LHP (28-3): Havas 3, Jablonski 18, Cox 14, Love 18, Lewis 12, Bonynge 2, Rodgers 2. Half: LHP 34-9. Fouled out: Gregos. Three-pointers: Tumminello 4, Jablonski 4, Cox, Lewis, Zeschke. Rebounds: Love 9. Assists: Lewis 4. Steals: Lewis 4.

FOOTBALL

South Miami announced Wednesday it has hired one of its own - former offensive lineman Rick Munne - to be its new football coach.

Munne, 30, graduated from South Miami in 2004 and has previously been an assistant coach at Miami High, Northwestern and Hialeah as well as a brief stint as a quality control coach at FIU in recent years. This will be Munne’s first head coaching job in Miami-Dade County.

"It’s a blessing and a privilege to come back and coach where I got started," Munne said. "I’m looking forward to sharing the knowledge I learned from some of the best coaches around and sharing that with these kids."

Munne played for a couple of Dade’s longtime coaches, Charlie Yanda and Joe Mira, while at South Miami.

His goal is to turn around a South Miami squad that went 3-7 this past season and has not made the playoffs since going 9-2 and made the regional semifinals in 2011 under then-coach Lamont Green.

"My objective is similar to what we did a couple of times there during my time as a player when we reversed the numbers and went from losing seasons one year to a winning record the next," Munne said. "It has to be a cultural change at the school. There are a lot of guys that are just players. I want to create a band of brothers within a program."

SOCCER

American Heritage senior forward Dejah Cason and her coach Cindy Marcial were each named the Class 3A state Player and Coach of the Year. The duo led the Patriots to their fourth consecutive state title. Cason, a University of Miami signee, had 20 goals and 10 assists this season.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS

BASEBALL

▪ Ransom Everglades 2, Somerset-South Miami 0: Steve Vinson (2-0) 7 IP, 3 H, 8 K; Alex Boehm 1-3, RS; Ryan Moralejo 1-3, RBI; Sam Bolduc RBI.

▪ Florida Christian 12, Coral Gables 5: John Kenney (WP); Christian Coipel 2-3; Adrien Roa 2-4; Alex Cerda 2-3; Cameron Irvine 2-3. FC 4-0.

▪ Sunset 4, Dr. Krop 0: Marcus Villar (WP) 6 IP, 2 H; Mike Rodrigues, Renzo Rodriguez and Justin Marcano RS each.

▪ Slam 5, Westminster Academy 4: Blake Brattain (WP) 2 H, 6 K; Jose Garcia 2 RBI; Brian Frias 2-4; Logan O’Neil (WA) 1-3, RBI.

▪ Columbus 11, Ferguson 0: Andy Arguelles (2-1) 0 H, 5 IP, 7 K; Gabe Rivera HR, 4 RBI; Hernan Sardinas 3 RBI; Christian Rodriguez 2 RBI. Cbus 4-3.

▪ Jackson 11, North Miami Beach 0: Yordy Cabrera (2-0) 5 IP, 8 K; Hector Rodriguez 3 RBI; Kerlin Mateo 2 RS; Chichi Prieto 3B, RBI. Jax 2-2.

▪ Brito 6, Champagnat 4: Jc Valdes (2-0); Leo Vasquez 3B, RBI; Onelio Perdomo RBI; Luis Ruiz RBI, 2B.

▪ Archbishop Carroll 6, South Miami 1: Alex Gonzalez (WP) 7 IP, ER, 8 K; Chris Fernandez 2B, 4 RBI; Lisandro Echemendia 2 RS; Jonathan Leon 2 RS.

▪ Coral Park 2, Westland Hialeah 1: Anthony Vasquez (WP); William Silva (Sv); Axel Gomez RBI; Alex Gato RBI. Erwing Hernandez 2-3. CP 2-1.

▪ Hialeah Gardens 4, American 2: Eddy Nodarse (WP); Arthur Cordovez (Sv); Allan Berrios HR, RBI; Erick Nunez 2 RBI, 2B; Levis Aguila RBI. HG 4-0.

SOFTBALL

▪ Lourdes 8, Southwest 5: Natasha Gonzalez (WP) 3-3, RS, 3 RBI; Stephanie Iglesias 3-3, RBI; Catherine Ullivarry RS. Lour 3-3.

▪ Archbishop Curley 19, LaSalle 1: Olya Seichrist (3-0) 5 K, 2 RBI, 3 RS; Sarisha Wiggans HR, 2 RBI; Ashley Savain 3 RS; Abigail Lovelace 3 RS. AC 3-0.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 16, Pompano Beach 11: Noelle Hartung (3-0) 4 K; Amber Hernandez 4 RBI; Alecia Behrens 3 RS.

▪ Miami Springs 12, North Miami Beach 0: Emily Santos (WP) 9 K, 0 H; Brianna Gomez 3 RS; Nicole Borroto 3-4; Jasmin Echeverria 3 RBI.

▪ Goleman 15, Northwestern 1: Nat Costero (4-0) 10 K, 2 RBI; Juliet Viana 2 RBI. Gole 4-0.

▪ Palmetto 12, Cypress Bay 0: Amanda Guglietta (1-0) 7 K, 3 H; Lauren Margolis 4-4, 2 RBI; Kiley Kross 3 RS; Erin Love 2B, RBI. Pal 6-0.

▪ Dr. Krop 18, Killian 0: Karina Delarosa (WP); Maria Blanco 3 RBI; Yuria Kusatake 2 RBI; Marley Felder 3 RBI.

▪ Westminster Christian 10, Ransom 0: Brooklyn Maguire (2-0); Victoria Perez 2B, 2 RBI; Adriana Otero 3 RBI; Dani Amador 2 RBI. WC 4-1.

▪ Jackson 12, Carol City 7: Tiffany Yanes (4-1); Bianca Ruiz 4 RBI; Silvia Castiello 2 RBI; Rosanna Motina RBI. Jax 4-1.

▪ Coral Gables 27, Miami High 12: Kylie Santana (1-0) 2-3; Ali Bonilla 2-3, 2B. CG 2-2.

▪ Braddock 8, Southridge 3: Carydad Bolivar (WP); Claudia Marrero 3-4; Nicole Caldera 2 RS; Rachelle Alvarez 2-3.

BOYS’ TENNIS

▪ Coral Reef 4, Palmetto 3: 1: Randy Wilson (Pal) d. Thomas Barraque 6-0, 6-0; 2: Jonathan Blake (Pal) d. Johann Rapp 1-6, 6-4, (10-4); 3: Daniel Martens (CR) d. Sam Stone 7-5, 6-4; 4: Lucas Nicolich (CR) d. Willie Yang 6-2, 6-3; 5: David Vasserman (CR) d. Luis Hines 6-0, 7-5; 1: Wilson/Blake (Pal) d. Barraque/Martens 8-5.

▪ Ransom Everglades 7, Riviera 0: 1: John Michael Holtmann 8-4; 2: Antonio Mora 8-0; 3: Samuel Rubell 8-0; 4: Grant Dill 8-0; 5: Patrick Visan 8-0. RE 3-0.

▪ Columbus 8, South Miami 0: 1: Christian Barnes 8-4; 2: Alejandro Noy 8-0; 3: Felipe Gomez 8-0. SM 3-2.

▪ MAST 7, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: 1: Richie Torres 8-0; 2: Patrick Wilson 8-0; 3: Alejandro Garcia 8-0; 4: Sevann Bignon 8-0; 5: Paul Wilson 8-2; 1: Garcia/Bignon 8-2; 2: Marcus Bernal/ Derrick Roseman 8-0. MAST 3-1.

▪ Hillel 4, Divine Savior 2: 1: Gad Lisker 9-7; 2: Myles Gilbert 8-1; 4: Daniel Frank 8-4; 1: G.Lisker/Gilbert 6-0.

▪ Dr. Krop 7, Hialeah Gardens 0: 2: James Brinker 8-0; 4: Yair Brachiyahu 8-0; 5: Jack Shacter 8-0. DrK 4-1.

▪ Ronald Reagan 3, Sunset 0: 1: Luis Almario 8-0; 2: Gabriel Mateluna 8-0; 3: Javier Arocha 8-0. RR 2-2.

▪ Monsignor Pace 4, St. Brendan 3: 1: Mike Gallo 8-0; 2: John Hopkins 8-1. MP 3-1.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

▪ Palmetto 5, Coral Reef 2: 1: Ansofi Wreder (Pal) d. Laura Mavis 6-0, 6-2; 2: Roxanna Montoya (Pal) d. Alexandra hit 6-3, 6-2; 3: Samantha Alicea (Pal) d. Cathy Xin 6-0, 6-1; 4: Milena Vanderreis (Pal) d. Bruna Decerega 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); 1: Wreder/Montoya d. Navia/Hitt 8-0. Pal 4-0

▪ MAST 7, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: 1: Mencia Sanchez 8-0; 2: Isabella Camacaro 8-0; 3: Martina Ibrichimova 8-0; 4: Lucia Ors 8-0; 5: Chrissy Texidor forf.; 1: Sanchez/Ors 8-0; 2: Carmen Martinez/ Sonsoles Lopez 8-1. MAST 4-0.

▪ Ferguson 4, Coral Gables 3: 1: Jack Lee (CG) d. Jose Ortega 8-5; 2: Danny Krulig (CG) 9-7; 3: Justin Ossa 8-1; 4: Jorge Melian 8-1; 5: Nico Ramirez 8-4; 1: Ortega/Disotuar 8-6; 2: Tormo/Carol (CG) 8-5. Ferg 4-0.

▪ Hillel 5, Divine Savior 2: 1: Alexa Cohen 8-1; 3: Orli Algranatti 8-2; 4: Gabi Bonwitt 8-6; 1: Cohen/Dimitri 6-1; 2: Algranatti/Bonwitt 6-0.

▪ Dr. Krop 6, Hialeah Gardens 1: 3: Miranda Lample 8-0; 4: Nataly Wittles 8-3; 5: Stephanie Levy 8-2. DrK 4-1.

▪ Ronald Reagan 4, Sunset 0: 1: Camila Garcia 8-1; 2: Maria Roman 8-0; 3: Valeria Urbano 8-0; 4: Veronica Dibabbo 8-0. RR 2-2.

▪ Coral Gables 5, Ferguson 2: 1: Cristina Fernandez 8-4; 2: Sofia Quevedo 8-3; 3: Ashley Penaranda 8-0; 4: Elizabeth Real 8-6; 5: Isabella Moreno (Fer) 9-8; 1: C.Fernandez/S.Quevedo 8-0; 2: A.Carrera/E.Ortega (Fer) 8-2. Ferg 3-1.

▪ Carrollton 7, Slam 0: 1: Nina Cubero 8-2; 2: Lucia Pinero 8-0; 3: Isabella Leano 8-0. Car 2-2.

▪ Ransom Everglades 4, Riviera 3: 3: Marina Pataro 8-0; 4: Sophie Ballard 8-0; 5: Lilly Chang 8-5. RE 2-1.

BOYS’ WATER POLO

▪ Belen 15, Hialeah 11: Pablo Kurzan and David Lemus (Hia) 5 goals each; Matthew Pulles, Federico Tamborrel 3 goals each; Jose Chaviano 2 goals; Alex Alepuz and Chris Galliano goal each.

▪ Belen 16, Coral Gables 9: Tamborrel 7 goals; Ryan Rodriguez and Nicolas Aguilar 2 goals each; Alepuz, Kurzan, Norberto Menendez, Alejandro Falcon and Thomas Kurzan goal each.

▪ Westminster Academy 19, Deerfield Beach 4: Adam Warters 10 goals; Daniel Wood 4 goals; Billy Bevill 27 saves. WA 2-0.

▪ Mourning 15, Miami High 6: Daniel Scotese 7 goals; Francisco Randazzo 12 saves.

GIRLS’ WATER POLO

▪ Westminster Academy 14, Deerfield Beach 4: Naomi Sanders 4 goals; Amanda Wood 3 goals. WA 2-0.

▪ Hialeah 30, Coral Reef 1: Ashley Luy 15 goals; Jeanette Garcia 6 goals; Cluadia Garcia 5 goals.

▪ Mourning 11, Miami High 8: Clara Randazzo 5 goals; Daphne Scotese 4 goals.

GIRLS’ LACROSSE

▪ North Broward 8, Olympic Heights 7: Ilana Wolf 6 goals; Linsey Smith 2 goals.

BADMINTON

▪ Mourning 10, Miami Springs 0

Boys -- 1: Sam Bazylenko 21-10, 21-6; 2: Carlens Coutard 21-6, 21-15. Girls – 1: Ashley Zaky 21-1, 21-6; 2: Karla Amador 21-7, 21-7. Mour 2-0.

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