8A: Confident Boca Raton defeats Seminole to move to Finals
After bringing everybody back from a team that made the state semifinals last year, Boca Raton Community is ready to be crowned.
The Bobcats girls basketball team dispatched Sanford Seminole 86-75 on Friday night in a Class 8A state semifinal at The Lakeland Center.
There’s still more work to be done — the Bobcats (26-5) must defeat Vero Beach in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. final. But the Boca Raton players and coach Nhu Nguyen seem supremely confident that will happen.
“It’s hard to stop us,” Nguyen said of his team’s versatile attack.
Added 6-foot-3 junior wing Rachel Levy when asked about Friday’s game: “We knew we had the advantage in height and skill.”
Who can blame the Bobcats for being confident when they shoot 50.9 percent from the floor, 46.2 percent on 3-pointers and 75.9 percent from the foul line while outrebounding Seminole, 48-33.
The Bobcats also held Seminole to 36.8 percent shooting, building a 20-point lead before cruising to the finish line.
“They are a smart team,” Seminole guard Re’Yanna Jones said of the Bobcats.”They’re good. They swung the ball.”
When told her team was outrebounded 48-33, Seminole coach Shenique Gilbert actually seemed pleased.
“That was better than I thought,” she said.
Seminole has no players taller than 6-foot, and that was a problem against Levy (18 points, a game-high 12 rebounds), 6-2 senior Tatijana Ferguson (eight points) and 6-1 sophomore forward Hannah Pratt (12 points, nine rebounds).
Even the Bobcats’ 6-foot guard Grace Marko feasted on the smaller Seminole players, getting 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Levy, though, wouldn’t say it was just about size.