De'Janae Boykin scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Charles H. Flowers girls' basketball team to a 56-42 victory over host Bowie in Wednesday's Class 4A South Region Semifinal.
The Jaguars (21-4) return to the finals for the second consecutive season, still in search of the program's first region title.
“We are glad to get back, we were there last year,” Flowers coach Patrice Frazier-Watson said. “This year, we are just going to exploit the strengths that we have. We have post play, guard play, and if we are able to take eight minutes at a time and put it together. We are just excited about the possibility, once again.”
After a back-and-forth first half, the Jaguars pulled away to take a 27-19 lead into halftime. Boykin and Nicole Derrickson supplied six points a piece for Flowers in the second frame.
The Jaguars clamped down defensively in the third quarter, holding the Bulldogs to just two points while forcing five turnovers. Boykin paced the aggressive zone-trap defense with seven steals, and Flowers built a 39-21 lead through three quarters.
“We had to come out hard with our intensity, because we wanted the win,” Boykin said.
Bowie fought back in the fourth quarter with a 16-4 run to cut the lead to nine, but the charge came too late. Majani Lillard scored 11 points to lead the Bulldogs (20-4). Marshauna Butler scored nine points and Alexis Newbold (seven points) grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.
“I don't think it was so much what Flowers did, it's what we didn't do,” Bowie coach Chris Ferguson said. “We continued to tell them to attack the middle, we just didn't do that. When it did go in the middle, we actually swung the ball and we got some open shots.”
The Jaguars face Eleanor Roosevelt, the regular season champion, in Friday's finals. The time and site have not been determined.
Charles H. Flowers 56, Bowie 42
Flowers (21-4) 12 15 12 17 — 56
Bowie (20-4) 10 9 2 21 — 42
Flowers: De'Janae Boykin 18, Kyah Proctor 15, Bianca Brown 8, Diamond Douglas 7, Nicole Derrickson 6, Sierra Eggleston 2.
Bowie: Majani Lillard 11, Marshauna Butler 9, Serena Brown 8, Alexis Newbold 7, Ryan Maynard 5, Jordan Maynard 2.