Nova’s menacing mob of defenders appeared as a windmill of arms to oncoming dribblers in its 50-40 win over St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday in a Region 4-7A quarterfinal.
Squeaks from skin sliding on hardwood meant tenacious Titans defense for 32 minutes, which limited the visiting Raiders to just 16 second-half points.
“It was a very difficult loss for our girls,” said Bernie Farrell, who coached Aquinas to its first playoff appearance in nine years. “They are relentless. We had a four-point lead at halftime, and we knew they were going to make their runs. If you don’t meet their relentlessness, this happens. It’s intensity and it’s talent. They are a really good team that plays well together.”
The Titans’ turning point came with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter. After trailing 24-20 at half, Trellanie English-Lurry took over for the Titans. An English-Lurry layup put the Titans ahead 28-26 before the top Titan completed a personal 8-0 run with a three-pointer.
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“I saw what my team was doing, and I felt like I needed to put them on my back and do what I had to do to get us through,” said English-Lurry, who had a game-high 17 points.
Mary Katherine Moore used her 6-5 frame to dominate in the first half for Aquinas. Moore led the Raiders with 13 points.
“We had to stick with our principles and fundamentals,” Titans coach Jason Hively said. “We knew it would be a tough battle trying to beat this team four times in a row for the season.
“... Defense was ultimately going to determine what we were going to be able to do [Tuesday night].”
The Titans face Palm Beach Lakes on Saturday in the Region 4-7A final.
Nova 50, St. Thomas Aquinas 40: N (25-3): English-Lurry 17, Devaney 9, Lurry 9, Corazza 6, Cowart 5, Gutierrez 2, Roberts 1. STA (16-10): Moore 13, Smith 9, McNerney 6, Ambroise 6, Carrabes 3, Beauzil 2. Half: 20-24. Three-pointers: Devaney 2, English-Lurry, McNerney.
West Broward 7, Western 4:
WES: 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 4 – 4
WB: 1, 0, 0, 4, 1, 1, X – 7
WP: Michael Schappell (1-0). LP: Spano (0-1). Top performers: WB: Evan Stocker 2-3, HR, 3 RBI. Richie Garcia 1-2, RBI. Chase Hay-Eldon 1-3, run scored. WB (1-0).
American Heritage 10, Pine Crest 5:
WP: Futrell. LP: Walker. Top performers: PC-Chandler Cissel 1-2 RBI, Alex Perez 1-2.
Chaminade Madonna 5, Westminister Academy 3:
WA 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 3
CM 2 2 1 0 0 0 X – 5
WP: McCabe (2-0) 7 innings, 10 K'S, 1 ER. LP: Strandberg (2-1). Top performers: WA: Brown 3-3, 1-2B, 2 RBI's. CM: Jackie Yao 2-2, 1BB, 1 HR, 2 runs, 4 SB, 2 RBI's. Kimberly Paulino 1-3, 1-2B, 2 RBI's. Megan Sorg 1-3, 1-2B, RBI.
• University School 5, St. Andrews 2: 1. Ryan Kahn d. Andrew Dykeman 9-8. 2. David Omsky d. Dominik Shpantny 8-0. 3. Michael Heller d. J.D. Alvarado 8-5. 4. Mark Sedotovskiy d. Joey Brandor 9-7. 5. Walker Watswor d. Jordan Gutt 8-4. Doubles: Kahn/Omsky d. Dykeman/Alvarado 8-2. Brandor/Wadworth d. Luna/Yurttutan 8-2.
• American Heritage 6, North Broward 1: Zach Ebenfeld -AHS d. Evan Dean 8-2. German Ayubi -AHS d. Guliano Rengifo 8-4. Jordan Skalet -AHS d. Xander Gomez 8-1. Mike Ozery -AHS d. Kevin Shen 8-1. Romare Gonzalez - AHS d. Spencer Kallor 8-0. Doubles: Lucas Larese De Santo/Lorenzo Lamo -AHS d. Evan Dean/ Xandar Gomez 8-1. Guliano Rengifo/Kevin Shen-NBP d. David Olaya/Jack Herman 8-1.
• St. Andrews 4, University 3: 1. Danielle Obolevitch d. Caroline Shu 8-4. 2. Lea Busch d. Rachel Mckay 8-1. 3. Anastasia Carpachev d. Natalie Benayoun 8-6. 4. Macie Tendrich d. Anna Grouzdev 8-0. 5. Jasmin Williams d. Rachel Guttman 8-0. Doubles: Obolevitch/Busch d. Shu/Mckay 8-5. Carpachev/Tendrich d. Benayoun/Czin 8-2.
• American Heritage 6, North Broward 1: Caroline Buechele-AHS d. Simona Bapp 8-5. Aleksi Gottlieb- AHS d. Anastasia Fersonova 8-0. Ronia Dolabany-AHS d. Rina Arai 8-1. Juanita Cediel-AHS d. Issbella Neira 8-2. Anabella Bowen-AHS d. Stacy Baranova 8-1. Doubles: Bapp/Fersonova-NB d. Jasmine Lamy/Emiliana Martinez 8-0. Susana Chinchilla/Isabella Chinchilla -AHS d. Arai/Neira.
Class 3A state semifinal at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne: Archbishop McCarthy vs. Choctawatchee, 10 a.m.
Region 3-8A quarterfinal: Cypress Bay at Coral Springs, 7
Region 3-8A quarterfinal: Douglas at Western, 7
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Flanagan at Miami Beach, 7
Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Miami High at McArthur, 7
Region 4-7A quarterfinal: South Broward at Central, 7
Region 4-7A quarterfinal: American at Nova, 7
Region 4-7A quarterfinal: Blanche Ely at Royal Palm Beach, 7
Region 4-7A quarterfinal: Delray Atlantic at Boyd Anderson, 7
Region 4-6A quarterfinal: Stuart South Fork at Pines Charter, 7
Region 4-5A quarterfinal: Palm Bay Bayside at Cardinal Gibbons, 7
Region 4-5A quarterfinal: American Heritage at Riviera Beach Suncoast, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: Boca St. Andrews at Coral Springs Charter, 7
Region 4-4A quarterfinal: North Broward Prep at Cardinal Newman, 7
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: Palmer Trinity at Sagemont, 7
Region 4-3A quarterfinal: International School of Broward at Westwood Christian, 7
Region 4-2A quarterfinal at Northwest Christian: Zion Lutheran vs. Champagnat, 7
Region 4-2A quarterfinal: Posnack at Boca Grandview Prep, 7
Class 3A state final at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne: 8
State championships at The Lakeland Center