By Dave Brousseau
LAKELAND – It wasn’t just Tatyana and Taiyah Wyche that did all the damage for American Heritage in its Class 5A state semifinal against Bradenton Southeast.
The influence of Daniella Aronsky’s season-high six 3-pointers played a crucial role why the Patriots defeated the Seminoles 67-55 at the RP Funding Center on Thursday.
It was the Patriots 14th consecutive playoff win.
Heritage (24-4) will play the Pine Forest for the state championship on Saturday at 3 p.m.
“Making those three-pointers was huge,” said American Heritage coach Greg Farias. “Daniella is the best shooter on the team. Once she got in the rhythm it did a great job in opening it up for us.”
The Patriots are looking to become the third Broward team to win at least three straight championships. Dillard and South Broward each have four consecutive titles to their credit.
Despite the victory, three Heritage starters fouled out.
The Wyche twins combined for 27 points and 17 rebounds, while Aronsky finished with 18 points.
“I’m just happy I was able to help my team get the win,” said Aronsky. “My shots helped stop their run and pushed the game more in our direction. When we start hitting three’s its draining for our opponent.”
As part of a 12-0 run Southeast (20-9) grabbed its first lead at 15-14 with 5:54 left in the first half.
That may have awakened the beast as American Heritage ended the half on a 19-5 run to go into the break with a 33-22 lead.
Aronsky converted three 3-pointers to help fuel the run.
AMERICAN HERITAGE 67, SOUTHEAST 55
SE (20-9): Patton 4-3-12, McDuffie 1-4-7, Brooks 1-1-4, Freeman 2-4-8, Youmans 6-6-23, Heaven 0-1-1.
AH (24-4): Tai. Wyche 2-3-7, Stubbs 3-2-8, Tat. Wyche 8-4-20, Aronsky 6-0-18, Edwards 2-4-9, Dumas 0-2-2, Booker 1-0-3.
3-pointers: Aronsky 6, Edwards, Booker, Patton, McDuffie, Brooks, Youmans. Half: AH 33-22.