Lady Knights head to Regional Finals after beating Booker 59-49
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The Lady Knights pulled through for the second year in a row against Booker, whom they beat 59-49 in the FHSAA 6A Regional Semifinals this past Tuesday, Feb. 20.
“We played well as a team,” said Parker Franklin (’19). “It felt good, we did everything we needed to do to win.”
Last season the Lady Knights lost in the Regional Finals after defeating Booker, giving them the second-longest girls basketball post-season run in Robinson history. The longest run was set in 1994, when the Lady Knights beat Booker to advance to the State Semifinals, where they then lost by one point in the final three seconds of the game.
Five members of that team reunited at the game to cheer against the team they passed 24 years ago.
“It is great to be in the presence of my Robinson people,” Aesha Bailey (’94) said. “It’s like deja-vu watching them win again; I felt like I was back in the game.”
Robinson won the tip-off and dominated in the latter three quarters, but struggled at the beginning.
Kaliah Henderson (’19) led both teams in scoring with 35 points and Jada Flanegan (’18) made 7 free throws out of Robinson’s collective 14.
Although Robinson lagged in the first quarter, losing 13-11, they brought their energy back up and got the lead again with an aggressive offense.
“We have to rebound and we have to keep our composure on offense,” Head Coach Alyson Gregorowicz said. “The girls always work hard.”
The Lady Knights will face Lakewood in the Regional Finals on Friday, Feb. 23 at Robinson High School (6311 S. Lois Ave., 33616).
“We can always do better. The girls always put all their effort into it,” Gregorowicz said. “I think we should go far.”