FHSAA basketball

Miami Country Day Claims 5th Straight State Title (4A)

Miami Country Day held Carrollwood Day to two fourth-quarter points Thursday and went on to win the Class 4A Girls State Basketball Championship, 57-45, at the RP Funding Center.

With the win, the Spartans (20-10) won their fifth straight basketball title, tying Jacksonville Ribault for the most-consecutive championship run in FHSAA history.

Carrollwood’s Tarriyonna Gary hit a three-point shot with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter and Miami Country Day found themselves down 38-31.

The Spartans fought back and Koi Love’s driving layup tied the game at 40 with 1:27 left in the quarter.

Aasiya Berry also scored twice in the last minutes, posting up on the block and the Spartans regained the lead 44-43 heading into the final quarter.

Love (25 points) continued to lead the Spartans with eight fourth-quarter points as the Spartans increased their lead.

In addition, Carrollwood appeared fatigued in the final quarter, shooting only 1-of-10 and was unable to get to the free-throw line.

“You can’t score two points and expect to win,” said Patriots coach Karim Nohra.

“We played a hell of a game for three quarters, giving them everything we had. But you can’t shoot 1-for-10 in the final quarter and win against them.

“Hey, they have been winning this thing in recent years with a running clock. But not tonight, I am proud of my team for playing as hard as they played.”

The Spartans had jumped out to leads of 5-0 and 11-4 in the opening quarter. However, Carrollwood Day fought back to within one, 13-12, at the close of the quarter.

Trialing 25-24, Carrollwood went on a 7-0 run to lead 31-25 with under a minute remaining in the half.

“We are going to relish this one more than some of the others,” said Spartans coach Ochiel Swaby

“We really had to work for this one today. We have won easily some other years and today I feel like we really had to earn it.

“We played such a tough schedule we were ready and I feel like maybe they succumbed a bit and stepped back. But they are young and I respect them and their future.”

Carrollwood Day (28-4) is young, as it started five sophomores.

Miami Country Day (57) – Sydney Shaw 4-9 0-0 9, Maria Alvarez 2-11 2-3 6, Milani McCormack 1-3 0-0 3, Asha Taylor 1-7 0-2 2, Jayda Theodule 1-6 0-3 2, Koi Love 9-15 6-7 25, Emani Theodule 0-2 0-0 0, Aasiya Berry 5-9 0-1 10, Karina Gordon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-62 8-16 57

4A Carrollwood Day (45) – Rylee Texter 0-0 0-0 0, Jaden Harris 4-8 0-0 10, Ceniya King 0-0 0-0 0, Tarriyonna Gary 3-11 2-3 9, Aryana Dizon 1-1 0-2 2, Jackie Laihinen 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Shobola 0-0 0-0 0, Cairah Mays 3-5 1-2 7, Tiasia McMillan 1-11 5-6 7, Nabaweeyah McGill 4-11 2-4 10. Totals 16-47 10-17 45

Miami Country Day;13;14;17;13;—57

Carrollwood Day;12;19;12;02;—45

FG%: 4A Miami Country Day .371, 4A Carrollwood Day .340. 3-pt FG:4A Miami Country Day 3-16 (Shaw 1-3, Alvarez 0-4, McCormack 1-3, Taylor 0-3, Love 1-2, Theodule 0-1), 4A Carrollwood Day 3-7 (Harris 2-2, Gary 1-4, McGill 0-1). Rebounds: 4A Miami Country Day 33 (Love 13), 4A Carrollwood Day 45 (McMillan 12). Fouls 4A Miami Country Day 16, 4A Carrollwood Day 15. Fouled out: Gary . Technical: none. Assists: 4A Miami Country Day 11 (Theodule 5), 4A Carrollwood Day 8 (Mays 6). Steals: 4A Miami Country Day 20 (Alvarez 6, Theodule 6), 4A Carrollwood Day 11 (Gary 3, McGill 3). Blocked shots: 4A Miami Country Day 3 (Love 2), 4A Carrollwood Day 1 (Mays 1).

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