Some notes about Saturday’s girls basketball region final …
2A: Naples Community School (15-13) at Indian Rocks Christian (23-5)
WHEN: 7 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT THERE: NCS beat Shorecrest (65-31) and Naples St. John Neumann (49-28); IRC beat Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic (80-17) and Lakeland Christian (66-39).
PLAYOFFS ALL TIME: NCS 15-12; IRC 8-11.
TITLES: NCS 1 (2009);
OUTLOOK: IRC has never reached the final four. In fact, this is the Golden Eagles’ first region final. Advancing on won’t be easy. NCS’ record isn’t pretty, but the Seahawks aren’t only the defending state champions but played a schedule that was among the state’s most challenging -- it included three out-of-town tournaments. And then there’s this: NCS finally is at full strength. According to the Naples Daily News, “Class 2A Player of the Year Michelle Woods returned in the district championship game after missing time with a foot injury.” What does all this mean? Basically, that IRC has its hands full. Thus far, the Golden Eagles have been simply dominant in two playoff blowouts. The flip side to that is that the wins were over two teams that aren’t very strong. Nonetheless, one can’t dismiss IRC’s postseason performance, simply because the Golden Eagles have been strong throughout the entire season. IRC’s strength arguably is its offensive balance. On a given night, any of five players can hit double figures, which makes IRC difficult to defend. The primary playmakers are guard Tori Trador and forwards Rachel Burnett, Jessica Logemann and Kristen Scholl.