SHADY HILLS — Coming into the Class 3A, District 7 tournament, there was little doubt about which team was a significant favorite.
Seffner Christian jumped out to a 16-0 lead following the opening tip-off Friday and never looked back on the way to a 73-14 victory over Carrollwood Day at Bishop McLaughlin.
“Our goal all year has been the same,” Seffner Christian coach Greg Fawbush said. “This is just another step in the process (toward a state title).”
Seffner (22-5) had a clear road to its fourth straight district title. The team had outscored its district opponents by an average of 52 points in the regular season and didn’t slow down come tournament time. After knocking off Bishop McLaughlin in the semifinals by 45, the Patriots (8-7) were slated as the next victims.
By halftime, three Crusaders were in double figures, including Peyton Walker (17 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals), Sabrina Whiting (17 points, three rebounds, three assists, two blocks) and Sara Denny (17 points, two steals).
Walker, who passed the 1,500-point milestone on Thursday, continued her hot play with a good effort shooting and on the boards in the title game. Whiting is only 19 points from the 2,000 mark in her career.
“It’s just awesome to play with this group of girls,” Whiting said. “We practice hard, and we do the best to make our practices way harder than our games so we are constantly focused.”
While CDS will still be making its first trip to the state playoffs, the team’s offense looked rattled thanks to the Seffner pressure, which notched 18 steals.