Girls Basketball: Palm Beach Lakes rallies to beat Lake Worth in regional semifinal
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
by Matt Porter
Palm Beach Lakes was down by nine points at halftime Tuesday night.
Star senior Shanovia Dove had just six points, a poor start by her standard.
She knew what her teammates needed.
"I had to give them tough love," Dove said. "I had to ask, 'You scared? You playing like you're scared.' "
All responded. Lakes (19-7) took the lead for the first time in the final minute of the third quarter and held it the rest of the way, beating Lake Worth 77-70 in a Class 7A regional semifinal. Dove took over in the second half, scoring 20 of her 26 points. She was 14-of-21 at the line, icing the game when Lake Worth (23-4) kept fouling her in the final minutes. She also had four steals and eight rebounds.
"I know I had to put them on my back," said Dove, last year's Post large schools player of the year. "But we motivated each other. We all made plays."
In the first half, senior guard T'Maya Newby kept the Rams in the game.
Lake Worth's Jonika Garvin, a 6-foot sophomore, had 16 of her game-high 32 points in the first half, boosting the Trojans to a 35-24 lead. But Newby hit 3 of 4 3-pointers and scored 10 points. She finished with 17 points (4-of-6 on 3s) with five steals. She and fellow senior Varshae Morgan played key roles on the defensive end late in the game.
With a minute left in the third, Lakes sophomore Jacqueline Johnson (17 points, 15 rebounds) connected on a 3 to tie the game at 48.
After a Newby steal, Jermeisha Derrick's putback gave the Rams their first lead at the end of the quarter. They outscored Lake Worth 26-13 in the third.
To open the fourth, Lakes extended the lead to six on 3s from Dove and Johnson and held off Lake Worth off despite a few furious back-and-forth flurries. The Trojans couldn't hit on their attempted 3s and took several ill-advised shots.
"The biggest difference? They made their 3s in the second half," Lake Worth coach Alvin Hamilton said. "We died at the 3-point line."
The Trojans, taller than Lakes but mostly made up of sophomores and juniors, couldn't execute down the stretch. They kept fouling Dove, who was 10-of-13 at the line in the fourth.
"I'm going to clone her," Lakes coach Cassandra Rahming said.
Next up for Lakes: Saturday's regional final against Davie-Nova, which bounced the Rams in last year's regional final and the 2011 regional quarterfinals.
They aren't scared of a rematch.