3A: Miami Country Day Cruises to 3-Peat
Miami Country Day’s third consecutive state title couldn’t have been any easier.
After winning its state semifinal game by 30 points, the Spartans used strong shooting for another 30-point win as they defeated Jacksonville University 76-46 on Thursday afternoon in the championship game of the FHSAA Class 3A Girls Basketball State Championships at The Lakeland Center.
“Today was just a combination of what was a grind of a season,” Spartans coach Ochiel Swaby said. “We played a heck of a schedule and went out had the bad luck of Channise (Lewis) suffering an ankle injury. She played through it, but we took the (losses), but through the whole thing, I think we grew as a team. The final product was what we saw at the state tournament. I thought we were dominant, and we left no doubt about who the best team in the state was.”
Miami Country Day (26-6), which is in its fourth consecutive state tournament, shot 48 percent from the field and held University Christian to 25 percent shooting. Kelsey Marshall scored 20 points to lead the Spartans as she shot 9-for-14 from the field.
Four more Spartans scored in double figures. Maria Alvarez had 17 points and was 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Marsha Edwards had 12 points, and Dashaun Jackson and Lewis had 11 each.
Tarje Norman led University Christian with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Country Day led from the start, scoring five quick points and built it to a 19-11 lead after one quarter behind Marshall’s 10 points. Alvarez hit two 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Spartans built their lead to 19 points at halftime.