CORAL SPRINGS, FL - The last time Coral Springs High School won a district girls' basketball championship, top player Isabella Reynolds wasn’t even born yet.
The Colts (13-8) avenged an earlier regular-season defeat at the hands of host Deerfield Beach High School with a come-from-behind, 37-34 win on Friday, and the first girls' district basketball championship since 2003.
“This is so big,” said the Colts’ Isabella Reynolds as she clutched the district trophy following the contest. “We have been waiting since 2003 to win this trophy. Me and my teammates played together, it’s just great.
“Coming into the year, I knew we could do it,” added Reynolds, who finished with seven points. “We have a great team and if we played hard and persevered, I knew we could win. We played hard, and we played to the end, and we did it.”
The Colts have won eight of their past nine games and five straight, with the lone blemish in that span coming at the hands of St. Thomas Aquinas, 69-40. What made the win even more improbable is that Deerfield Beach had won 28 straight games over Coral Springs dating back to the 2006-07 season. The Bucks won all four matchups last season, including the district and regional semifinals.
Coral Springs lead the district final at halftime 15-14 and carried a 23-21 lead in the fourth quarter before the Bucks rallied.
Deerfield Beach battled all the way back to take a 33-32 lead on a 3-pointer from Justine Vedrine with 2:27 remaining in the game.
Adalis Arroyo, who had nine points in the final quarter and a game-high 13, made two free throws with 1:16 left to give the Colts a 34-33 lead before Antaysha Wimberly made the second of two free throws to knot the game for the Bucks at 34-34 with 55.4 seconds to go in the see-saw contest.
The Colts’ Arroyo scored on a driving layup to give Coral Springs the lead for good with 45 seconds remaining in the game and after the Bucks’ Vedrine missed two free throws with 36.6 left in the game that would have tied it, Arroyo sank one of two free throws with 30 seconds left for the final margin. After a turnover, Deerfield Beach’s Aaliyah Reid had a desperation heave at the buzzer that came up way short.
Coral Springs High School also got nine points from Leilani Thuraisingham before she fouled out in the fourth quarter.