Class 8A Girls: Dr. Phillips Completes Three-Peat
Sun. February 24, 2013 at 2:30 a.m. | By Polk Preps Staff
By MIKE AKINS
LAKELAND | The Orlando Dr. Phillips Panthers went on a 24-1 run late in the second and early in the third quarter to capture their third consecutive Class 8 state championship with a 52-47 victory over Miami Senior on Saturday night at the Lakeland Center.
Dr. Phillips has now won 67 games in a row against state opponents.
Early in the game, the Panthers had no answer for 6-foot-4 Beatrice Mompremier as she scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in the first quarter. Along with strong perimeter shooting, the Sting led 30-20 lead with four minutes left in the first half.
Dr. Phillips’ third-quarter run was led by MVP Sydnei McCaskill who scored eight of her team-high 17 points.
The closest Miami Senior would get after would be four points 51-47 with 22 seconds remaining.
“This was by far the toughest one out of the three that we have won,” Panthers coach Anthony Jones said. “We had to get through a lot of obstacles as our leading scorer from last year (Taryn Griffey) tore her ACL before the season even started.”
Jade Check added 12 points and six rebounds for the 29-3 victors and McCaskill dished out eight assists. Team MVP Amanda Mendoza led the 25-6 Stingarees with 15 points including three from behind the 3-point arc.