LARGO — A week ago, Indian Rocks Christian’s Tori Trador was finishing up her trip to the Class A state cross country final with a personal best-time to place in the top 50.
On Friday, Trador carried that excellence over to the basketball court, scoring 17 of her game-high 25 points in the first quarter against Seminole to help lead the Golden Eagles to a 77-50 win in the first round of their Thanksgiving Tournament.
“Once my first shot went in, I could tell I might have a good night,” said Trador, who also had 10 assists, six steals and four rebounds. “I haven’t been able to practice much shooting because of (cross country), but I took a lot of extra shots this past week. I finally felt like
I was back in a basketball mind-set a couple days ago and it was nice to have a game like this.”
Trador, one of five returning starters from a region finalist team that finished 23-5 last season, scored nine consecutive points during an 11-0 run in the first quarter as the Golden Eagles (3-0) opened a 24-10 lead and finished the quarter ahead 28-15.
With the Warhawks focusing on Trador in the second quarter, Kristen Scholl was able to get open for eight of her 16 points as the Golden Eagles stretched the lead to 47-26 at halftime.
“We played well, but the scary part is we have the capability to have all five (starters) do the same thing,” coach Phil Farver said. “If we combine the type of offense we can produce with quality defense, we’re capable of making things happen (eventually in the playoffs).”
Rachel Burnett also had 16 points for the Golden Eagles. Allie Egger led Seminole (1-2) with 18 points.
In the other semifinal, Tyra Bolden had four of her game-high 12 points during an 18-7 run in the second quarter to help Clearwater take a 29-19 halftime lead over Countryside. The Cougars (2-2) closed the gap to 36-32 at the end of the third but the Tornadoes (4-0) pulled away in the fourth for a 46-38 win.
IRC and Clearwater will face off in the final tonight at 7:30.