NAPLES — Armwood ran into a suffocating defense that snuffed out hopes for its first state semifinal berth, falling 47-40 to Barron Collier.
Trailing by 13 entering the fourth, the Hawks got to within four with 3:33 left. But Barron Collier made its free throws over the final two minutes. Armwood finished 26-5, its second-most wins in school history.
“Barron came out with a lot of energy. We pride ourselves on playing with energy, too, but we just couldn’t live up to it,” Armwood coach Patrick Kelly said. “The girls played well in the second half. A lot of teams would’ve folded if they were down by 13 like us. But we didn’t fold.”
Kiana King led the Hawks with 12 points.
“Barron played a lot of run-and-jump, and we were ready for it,” Kelly said. “But we panicked a little bit; playing a great team in a hostile environment.”
Elizah Pagkanlugan led Barron Collier (21-7) with 17 points, including six free throws during the fourth quarter.
The game was mostly up-tempo. The Cougars took a 10-3 lead after Pagkanlungan’s steal and layup with 3:09 left in the first. Barron Collier led 14-8 after the first quarter.
The second quarter was scoreless until 3:05 left. The Cougars took a 22-14 lead into the locker room. Barron Collier kept up its intensity on defense in the third, limiting the Hawks to three baskets to lead by 13 points afterward.