FORT MYERS — Youth was served Friday night for Seffner Christian. Unfortunately for the Crusaders, experience and strength were a lot better.
Led by Crystal Primm, Palm Beach Central routed Seffner in the second half to win the Pearl Division title of the Queen of the Palms Classic 63-48, finishing the tournament 3-0.
Primm scored 12 and was named tournament MVP. Kensha’dra Smith also had 12 and Lexus Love scored 10.
Peyton Walker scored 27 for the Crusaders and was voted to the all-tournament team.
But Seffner coach Greg Fawbush said Central contained Walked like no one before this season.
“They were the first team we’ve seen that could’ve taken her out of the game,” Fawbush said. “I’m disappointed now, but at the same time we showed a little youth tonight. Youth got us into some holes and we couldn’t dig our way out of them.
“Palm Beach Central is more experienced and bigger and stronger, and it showed tonight.”
The Broncos fell behind early, which worried Central coach Bruce Gaffney.
“I was a little concerned because we started a little slow,” Gaffney said. “As the game went on we improved a lot on defense, and that helped the offense. When we fell behind, we still stuck to our game plan.
“We felt we had an advantage in athletic ability, and that had a lot to do with the outcome.”
The Crusaders led after one quarter 14-10, but then the Broncos got hot and outscored Seffner 18-6 in the second. Palm Beach Central eventually built a 20-point second-half lead.
“We had a good tournament in that we were the only Hillsborough County team in the whole field that got as far as we did,” Fawbush said. “But once we got into trouble tonight, we couldn’t find our way out of it.”