Region girls basketball: Carrollwood Day 65, Legacy Charter 18
TAMPA — Carrollwood Day continues to drive a speed boat through uncharted waters. Their first district title was followed on Thursday night by their first region playoff win, 65-18 over visiting Legacy Charter of Ocoee.
The Patriots (26-2) left little doubt as they opened up with a suffocating full-court press that forced 14 turnovers in just the first quarter. Nabaweeyah McGill made her presence felt early, too, devouring offensive rebounds and creating third and fourth looks at the basket.
It wasn’t long before the Patriots started to run away with the game. McGill took one of the press steals to the other end to make it 11-2 in the opening minutes. McGill then assisted Tiasia McMillan to go up 13-2. The first quarter ended with a whopping 28-6 lead
“We like to go hard, even in practice, make sure our technique is correct and pay attention to details,” McGill said. “It helps having a great coach (Karim Nohra).”
The second quarter was more of the same. McGill was unstoppable under the basket, grabbing rebound after rebound and putting them away, even if it took a few tries. The lead ballooned to 35-6 as the Patriots amped up their transition offense, beating Legacy Charter to the other end of the floor nearly every possession.
Legacy’s leading scorer, Tya Freeman, broke through on a couple occasions but eventually was stuffed by Jackie Laihinen. At one point in the second quarter, Legacy just stopped trying to get offensive rebounds and raced back to defense after they took a shot. At 46-8 with two minutes left in the half, McGill headed to the bench. Still a great night for the freshman, 21 points and eight rebounds.
“I like the way the team looked for me (tonight),” McGill said. “We have to come out for every game with the same attitude.”
The second string got minutes in with a second-half running clock. The Patriots backed off the press and the final buzzer sounded just 54 minutes after tip off. McMillan scored 16 and grabbed five boards, Cairah Mays had three assists and Tarriyonna Gary had three steals.
“It’s nice to be able to switch our defenses and offenses when we need to,” McGill said. “But we have to continue to improve.”