CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The Coral Springs High School girls basketball team is hoping to continue its historical run tonight when they take on host Boca Raton in the Class 7A regional semifinals.
The last time the Colts won a regional semifinal came 31 years ago in 1979 when Coral Springs won the Class 4A state championship with a 79-68 win over Miami Northwestern.
“This (run) has been unreal,” said Colts head coach Brenton Hankerson, “but I told them to stay together, play together, and it will come.”
Adalis Arroyo and Leilani Thuraisingham combined for 32 points as the Coral Springs High School girls basketball team overcome a 5-point halftime deficit to topple visiting Treasure Coast, 63-50 in the regional quarterfinals. The Colts opened the second half of their game against Treasure Coast (21-5) on a 15-2 run to break the game open and move on in the state series.
Arroyo finished with a game-high 17 points, while Thuraisingham had 15 points for the Colts who play at Boca Raton, the top-seeded team in the region at 7 p.m. The host Bobcats are 19-3 this season and have won 16 of their past 17 games, including the last four in a row. Their last loss was a 68-54 setback to Palm Beach Lakes.
The Colts (14-8) won their first district title in 17 years with a victory over Deerfield Beach. They lost in the regional semifinals that year to Palm Beach Lakes, 53-48.
Coral Springs, the region’s fourth seed, have won six games in a row and nine of their past 10 games. Hankerson said he is proud of his team that didn’t quit after starting the season 0-4.
“I just want to thank coaches Don Calloway and Brian Walters for helping me throughout the journey,” Hankerson added.
“Most importantly, I want to thank those young ladies that come in every day and work hard and trust us as coaches and believed in what we are teaching. They deserve all the credit for this season," he said. "We started 0-4, and they didn’t fold or quit, and we constantly let them know it will get better, and they believed!”