By Dave Brousseau
PLANTATION – There was no doubt who the winner would be, just final score.
Led by American Heritage’s junior 6-foot-3 twin towers Taliyah and Tatyana Wyche, the Patriots cruised to a 50-18 in a Class 5A regional quarterfinal on Thursday.
The Patriots (21-4) will attempt to extend their six-game winning streak when they host Miami Killian/Miami Central winner in a regional semifinal on Tuesday. Heritage will enter that game as the top-ranked team in the state in class 5A.
Tatyana Wyche scored 12 points and here sister Taliyah added nine points to lead Heritage.
“The key from them is this their third year with us is they have improved from the time they came here,” said Patriots coach Greg Farias. “The common denominator is they are super athletic, which you can’t teach.”
With the sisters protecting the paint underneath, Boyd Anderson (13-15) was limited in its shot selection.
By halftime the winner had been decided as the Patriots had a commanding 37-9 lead. By that time the Wyche sisters had combined for 14 points.
“We have worked hard the last two years developing their game,” said Farias. “Scoring has been the big part as they’ve been able to rebound and block shots. They run the court and guard at all positions.”
The Wyche sisters aren’t the lone in the Patriots drive for a third straight title. Daniella Aronsky is a proven outside shooter, though she was limited with her time on the court on Thursday, she converted a pair of 3-pointers.
As games get tougher, the Wyche twins will be asked to do more. Farias feels good about the prospect of that happening.
“When they can to play here, I don’t think they knew how good they could be,” Farias said.
AMERICAN HERITAGE 50, BOYD ANDERSON 18
BA (13-15): Smith 1-1-3, C. Johnson 1-2-4, N. Johnson 2-0-4, Brutus 1-0-2, Jackson 2-1-5.
AH (21-4): Tai. Wyche 4-1-9, Tat. Wyche 5-2-12, Aronsky 2-0-6, Stubbs 2-2-6, Edwards 3-1-7, Booker 1-0-2, Lopez 1-0-3, Dumas 1-1-3, Studesville 1-0-2.
3-pointers: Aronsky, Lopez. Half: AH 37-9.
THURSDAY’S REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL RESULTS
CLASS 7A: Boca Raton 49, Jupiter 42; Coral Springs 63, Treasure Coast 50; Palm Beach Lakes 60, Park Vista 41; Palm Beach Gardens 48, Deerfield Beach 41; Miami High 72, Miramar 31; Cypress Bay 61, Western 50; Dr. Krop 63, Everglades 41.
CLASS 6A: Blanche Ely 72, Hollywood Hills 33; St. Thomas Aquinas 78, North Miami 49: Dillard 64, Seminole Ridge 52; Nova 57, Lourdes 47.
CLASS 5A: American Heritage 50, Boyd Anderson 18.
CLASS 4A: American Heritage-Delay 54, Miami Pace 23; Cardinal Gibbons 57, Mater Lakes 20; Gulliver Prep 60, Hallandale 50.
CLASS 3A: Benjamin 60, Oxbridge Academy 44; St. Andrew’s 45, Calvary Christian 39; Westminster Academy 57, Somerset Prep 36.
CLASS 2A: Miami Christian 76, Trinity Christian 22; Lake Worth Christian 25, Atlantic Christian 20; Grandview Prep 73, Hebrew Academy 13; Highlands Christian 56, Northwest Christian 40.
TUESDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
(All games at 7 p.m. unless noted)
CLASS 7A: Coral Springs (14-8) at Boca Raton (19-3); Palm Beach Gardens (17-5) at Palm Beach Lakes (19-8); Dr. Krop (13-11) at Cypress Bay (16-5).
CLASS 6A: St. Thomas Aquinas (20-7) at Blanche Ely (24-6); Dillard (19-8) at Nova (24-5).
CLASS 5A: Miami Central (14-8) at American Heritage (21-4).
CLASS 4A: American Heritage-Delay (15-11) at Keys Gate (22-5); Gulliver Prep (17-11) at Cardinal Gibbons (23-3).
CLASS 3A: Benjamin (22-6) at Seffner Christian (22-5); St. Andrew’s (11-11) at Miami Country Day (19-9); Carrollton School (18-8) at Westminster Academy (20-4).
CLASS 2A: Lake Worth Christian (15-3) at Miami Christian (19-6); Highlands Christian (16-6) at Grandview Prep (16-9).