Girls Basketball: Park Vista captures first district crown
Friday, February 01, 2013
by Post Staff
Park Vista captured its first district championship in girls basketball Thursday night when the No. 10 Cobras rallied to upset sixth-ranked Boca Raton 65-59 in the District 10-8A final in Boca Raton. The victory earns Park Vista (17-9) home-court advantage for the first round of the Class 8A playoffs next week.
Top-seeded Boca Raton (18-8) had defeated second-seeded Park Vista twice during the regular season, but the Bobcats will travel for their regional quarterfinal game against the District 9-8A champion, yet to be determined.
"We lost to them twice by four points, but this was the one to win," Park Vista coach Keith Mackrey said. "The girls played hard. We won because of our defense, and we got key rebounds down the stretch. We just took our time, showed patience and battled back."
Boca Raton led for most of the game, but Park Vista trailed by only 47-45 entering the fourth quarter. That's when freshman guard Kiara Meeks sank Boca Raton's quest to repeat as district champs.
Meeks scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, with seven of them coming in the final 1:24.
"She's only a freshman, but she played like a senior," Mackrey said of Meeks. "She was incredible. This is not an easy stage to play on."
Angelina Khan also played a key role in Park Vista's victory, equaling Meeks' 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Emily Lochten contributed 14 points and Caitlin Hayes added 11 points for the Cobras.
Boca Raton made 10 field goals from 3-point range, including four from Gabby Daniels, who led the Bobcats with 18 points. Abby Bukovich scored 14 points for Boca.
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No. 5 Palm Beach Lakes 66, Forest Hill 18: Shanovia Dove scored 15 points to lead the top-seeded Rams (16-7) to the rout of the fourth-seeded Falcons in West Palm Beach. The Rams will play second-seeded Royal Palm Beach in Saturday's championship.
Royal Palm Beach 37, Santaluces 29: Shamiah Manley scored 18 points to lead the second-seeded Wildcats over the third-seeded Chiefs in West Palm Beach.
No. 3 Boynton Beach 60, Fort Pierce Westwood 13: Shakoa Edwards had 31 points and five steals and Taija Johnson added nine points as the top-seeded Tigers (20-5) routed the fourth-seeded Wildcats in Boynton Beach. The Tigers will face Suncoast in Saturday's championship.
Suncoast 68, Jensen Beach 54: Capri Winn scored 26 points and Chakari Merrit added 16 rebounds as the third-seeded Chargers defeated the second-seeded Falcons in Boynton Beach.
Lincoln Park Academy 59, Cardinal Newman 25: Brandy Montgomery scored 28 points and Nikki Douglas pulled down 16 rebounds to lead the top-seeded Greyhounds (20-4) over the third-seeded Crusaders in the district championship in West Palm Beach. It was Lincoln Park's fifth consecutive title.
Trinity Christian 57, Summit Christian 37: Qeyocia Thomas scored 26 points and Alicia McCray added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 14 blocks as the top-seeded Warriors (14-6) defeated the fourth-seeded Saints in Delray Beach. The Warriors will face Yeshiva in Saturday's championship.
No. 8 Benjamin 42, Berean Christian 36: Riley Burke had 19 points and nine rebounds and Hanna Labovich added eight points and 13 rebounds as the top-seeded Buccaneers (18-7) routed the fourth-seeded Bulldogs in West Palm Beach. The Buccaneers will play King's Academy in Saturday's championship.
King's Academy 48, No. 9 Pahokee 43: Evana Pino had 13 points and seven rebounds as the third-seeded Lions (15-11) jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held on to upset the second-seeded Blue Devils (18-5) in Royal Palm Beach. Moeisha Jackson and Malaysia Robinson each scored 10 points for Pahokee.
No. 4 Grandview Prep 65, Donna Klein Academy 11: Neydja Petithomme had 19 points and eight assists and Vionise Pierre-Louis added 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the top-seeded Pride (21-2) to the rout of the fifth-seeded Eagles in Boca Raton. Grandview advances to face Boca Raton Christian in Saturday's championship.
Boca Raton Christian 43, Lake Worth Christian 35: Amanda Lake had 19 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the third-seeded Blazers (15-5) over the second-seeded Defenders in Boca Raton.