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By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer LAKELAND – The Blanche Ely girls basketball team was assembled to win a state championship. In came coach Henry McNabb and three players over from Somerset Prep that had won back-to-back Class 3A state titles. With those expectations, Blanche Ely erased an 11-point third quarter deficit to earn a 51-46…

March 1, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff writer LAKELAND – The Blanche Ely girls played perhaps their worst game of the season in the Class 6A state semifinal against Winter Haven. Then Mekhia Lumsdon saved the Tigers season and chance for the teams’ first state title since 1992 with a game-winning layup at the buzzer for a 55-53…

February 28, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer POMPANO BEACH – The Blanche Ely girls basketball team found their way in the third quarter. It also means they are packing their bags and heading to the RP Funding Center in Lakeland for the state semifinals next week The Tigers used a 20-4 run in the third quarter to…

February 22, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff writer POMPANO BEACH – One teams dream season goes on, just barely. Blanche Ely survived a scare but held on to defeat St. Thomas Aquinas 46-42 in a Class 6A regional semifinal on Tuesday at Blanche Ely High. The Tigers (25-6) will host Dillard, a 58-49 winner over Nova, in a…

February 19, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer FORT LAUDERDALE – Blanche Ely’s drive for a girls’ state basketball championship nearly hit a snag on the way to the dance on Saturday. The Tigers managed key points late in the fourth quarter to escape with a 53-49 victory over Dillard for the District 14-6A title at Dillard High….

February 8, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer PLANTATION – It took the Blanche Ely girls 23 years to reach the BCAA Big 8 basketball championship game Once there, the Tigers made sure the title would be theirs. Led by junior La’Leah Williams 18 points, Blanche Ely defeated St, Thomas Aquinas 53-45 at South Plantation High on Monday….

February 4, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer PLANTATION – For the first time since 2002 there will be a first-time girls BCAA Big 8 champion. Blanche Ely and St. Thomas Aquinas secured their spot in Monday’s 6 p.m. finale at South Plantation High following semifinals victories on Saturday. St. Thomas defeated Dillard 62-51, while Ely got past…

February 3, 2020

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer If the Blanche Ely girls’ basketball team was already one of the best in Broward during the 2018-19 season, they’ve become one of the favorites for a state title entering next season. Former two-time girls’ Class 3A state championship coach J.R. McNabb of Somerset Prep was named coach of Blanche…

June 12, 2019

By Pat Lammer Staff Writer FORT LAUDERDALE — Winning four consecutive games over a single opponent in one season is never easy. St. Thomas Aquinas was up to the challenge, eliminating Blanche Ely, 72-52, Tuesday night in a Class 8A girls basketball regional semifinal. The Raiders finished the 2018-19 season 4-0 vs. the Tigers and…

February 20, 2019

By Dave Brousseau Staff Writer PLANTATION – There were two sides of how the four teams advanced to Friday’s BCAA girls Big 8 semifinals. Blanche Ely and St. Thomas Aquinas needed a little grit to survive and advance. Dillard and Nova cruised to victories. So, the semis at set for South Plantation High with former district…

February 1, 2019
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