Girls basketball: Palm Beach Lakes falls 56-53 to Davie-Nova on buzzer-beater in regional final
Saturday, February 16, 2013
by Steve Dorsey
Palm Beach Lakes senior Shanovia Dove has been on the losing end of close games before, but perhaps none was as heartbreaking as the one she saw slip through her hands Saturday night.
Junior guard Bernadette Devaney made a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to lift Davie-Nova to a 56-53 victory Saturday night in a Class 7A regional final at Floyd Andrews Gymnasium, ending Palm Beach Lakes' season in stunning fashion.
"I'm lost for words," a dejected Dove said outside the Lakes (19-8) locker room following the game.
Across the hallway, Lakes coach Cassandra Rahming was in tears and unable to speak as Lakes boys coach Lorenzo Hands consoled her.
Devaney's game-winning shot sends Nova (21-7) to Lakeland for the Class 7A state final four tournament for the second consecutive year and spoiled Palm Beach Lakes' bid to return to the state semifinals for the first time in 10 years.
Devaney launched her game-winner from the left side just before the buzzer sounded. The ball rattled in the cylinder and dropped through the net, sparking a frenzied celebration by Nova players and fans, who stormed the court and mobbed Devaney.
"I saw two seconds on the clock just before I got the ball, and I knew I had to get (the shot) off quick," said Devaney, who scored a team-high 20 points. "I knew it was going in and we were going to Lakeland."
Devaney tied the game at 53 when she made a layup with 58 seconds remaining. Lakes worked the clock for a possible game-winning shot. But Nova got the ball back with seven seconds remaining when Dove, who was being closely guarded in the backcourt, lost the ball out-of-bounds, giving Nova the ball and setting the stage for Devaney's dramatic game-winning shot.
"That's maybe the biggest shot I've ever seen to win a ballgame since I've been coaching," Nova coach Jason Hively said.
Dove, who scored 15 of Lakes' 19 first-half points to keep the Rams in the game, scored a game-high 23 points.