It was a dominant third quarter that led North Lauderdale Somerset Prep past Bradenton Christian in the FHSAA Class 3A state semifinals on Monday.
The Hurricanes did it again on Tuesday, slamming the door in the second quarter against Orlando Christian Prep to claim the 3A title at the RP Funding Center.
Tyesha Battle scored 28 points while Somerset Prep outscored the top-ranked Warriors by 19 points in the second quarter as they took home the first state basketball title in school history with in a 70-34 win.
“That’s our game,” said Somerset Prep coach Henry McNabb. “We want to play fast. We want to play defense, we want to speed the game up and shoot threes. I guess that’s the new school of basketball — three and D.”
Somerset Prep opened the game on a 9-0 run before Elsie Ramirez broke that run with a fading jumper at the 3:40 mark. That woke up Orlando Christian Prep as it ended the first quarter with 12 of the final 15 points — six from Aliyah Irizarry.
The wheels fell off in the second quarter.
The Hurricanes, led by Battle and Michiyah Simmons, outscored the Warriors 22-3 in the quarter. Simmons scored 11 of her 19 points in the quarter as Orlando Christian Prep scored just two points while hitting just one of their 18 shots from the field.
“I was ready, I wanted to win,” said Battle, the team’s only senior. “We were winning regardless. We were not giving up.”
Battle and Simmons continued to roll in the second half. Trailing 34-15 at the half, Orlando Christian Prep steadied the ship and played Somerset to a 17-17 quarter in the third, but was blasted again in the fourth quarter as the Hurricanes ended the game on a 19-2 run.
Trizarry finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, but did so while shooting 6-of-25 from the field.
“They’re better than us,” said Orlando Christian Prep coach Chris Cenicola. “They played better than us today. All we could do was do our best, but they were just better than us today.”