LARGO — Gilmour Academy has a thing about Florida, likely something to do with the great weather and the success it has at holiday basketball tournaments.
For the second consecutive year Gilmour, of Gates Mills, Ohio, is the champion of the Indian Rocks Christian Holiday Tournament, defeating the host Golden Eagles 57-46.
The game featured excellent 3-point shooting by both teams, as they combined for 13 in the game.
In the first quarter Gilmour jumped out to a 7-0 lead. Then IRC got hot with its 3-point shooting as Jess Logemann hit two straight NBA-range 3s and Tori Trador made two in a row to give the Eagles a 21-15 lead.
In the second quarter it appeared that IRC began to slow the tempo, and Rachel Burnett hit a layup as the Eagles took a 33-30 lead into halftime.
But after halftime Gilmour went on a 13-7 run. IRC began to get a little sloppy and Gilmour went up 43-40 at the end of the third.
Gilmour’s Brittany Layton, the tournament MVP, took control with her post play and IRC went scoreless for nearly two minutes in the fourth quarter.
“We quit running our offensive sets, and we were not moving on defense,” IRC coach Phil Farver said. “Also, we could not match our play first-half play.”
Layton led her team with 14 points, and Rachel Staton chipped in 13.
In the consolation game Bartow dismantled Dunellon 63-31 behind the play of Zykira Lewis, who finished with 23 points including five 3-pointers. Arielle Gallon added 20 points and 18 rebounds.