BRADENTON -- Tina Hadley experienced a lot of great times playing for Southeast under Seminoles head coach John Harder.
She was an excellent student of the game and on Wednesday night used everything he taught her to guide her Lakewood Ranch girls team to a 51-47 overtime victory over the host Seminoles.
The defeat ended a 38-game win streak for the defending Class 5A state champion Seminoles. They finished last season with 27 victories in a row and reeled off 11 straight before going up against Lakewood Ranch.
"It's definitely something special for me to beat my coach. He has accomplished so much," Hadley said. "He graduated five seniors (four starters), and those girls were scrappy and played hard, and that's what Southeast is known for. I told my girls it's going to be a dogfight, and they are not going to roll over and die."
Behind 6-foot-3 sophomore LaDazhia Williams, Lakewood Ranch (10-3) was taller than Southeast (11-1) at every position and controlled the boards 28-19. Williams finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
"We didn't go down without a fight. The last game we had lost was to Sarasota in November of 2013. I congratulate Tina; she coached a good game and deserves the win," Harder said.
Lakewood Ranch had a 30-19 lead a minute into the third quarter and was in control of the game. Southeast trailed 40-32 with 6:20 left in the game when it scored nine unanswered points. Breyonna Reed led the spurt with seven points, including a 3-pointer she buried to give the Seminoles a 41-40 lead with 4:00 left.
Reed dropped in two free throws to push the lead to 43-40 with 2:11 remaining, but Lakewood Ranch managed to get the ball inside to Williams who converted a 3-point play with a layup and free throw to tie the game 43 with 1:46 remaining.
Southeast held the ball until the final seconds and got to the free throw line with 3.9 seconds left, but failed to convert on two attempts.
The score was tied at 47 with 2:18 left in overtime when the Mustangs took over. Williams got a layup and, after a Southeast turnover, Elise Spiller drove in for another layup and a 51-47 lead with 1:08 remaining.
Southeast missed three straight from beyond the arc and Aleah Robinson dropped in a free throw with two seconds left. Spiller was the only other Lakewood Ranch player in double figures with 12 points, and Kailyn Scully had eight points.
"This game was special because last year we lost to them in a close game and I fouled out," Williams said. "I wanted to make up for that. We had the lead (tonight) and slacked off on defense, but we didn't give up and kept pushing hard."
Southeast struggled from long range, converting only 5 of 28 from 3-point land. Reed led the Seminoles with 19 points. Marline Valcin had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Shauntavia Green had six steals and eight rebounds.
"I had a lot of young girls who have only played about 11 or 12 games in their high school career, and I couldn't be any prouder of how Southeast came back," Harder said. "Lakewood Ranch is a tall, experienced team and credit to them. They won and deserved it. There is a tradition here that you never die and you never quit, and my girls kept that tradition going."
Lakewood Ranch won the jv game 51-20 to move to 6-0.