CLEARWATER — Any time Indian Rocks Christian (24-3) takes the court, one can expect pinpoint passing, pressure defense and precise shooting.
And those were exactly the key ingredients that propelled the Golden Eagles to a 77-53 Class 2A, District 10 victory Saturday night over Brooks-DeBartolo.
"Brooks-Debartolo always plays us tough, and we are five steps away from our goal, which is to win a state championship," IRC coach Phil Farver said.
Coach Dexter Bryant devised a game plan to slow IRC, which worked early as the Phoenix jumped out to a 9-2 lead. But the Golden Eagles led by one at the end of the quarter, then went on a 13-6 run in the second quarter.
The Phoenix had no answer for the inside play of Rachel Burnett (31 points), who helped IRC to a 36-31 lead at the half.
The Phoenix stayed close in the third quarter, but Indian Rocks was pretty much unstoppable from the field in the final quarter.
IRC had balanced scoring from its starters, with Tori Trador contributing 17 points and Kristen Scholl 14, with Jessica Logemann chipping in with 12 assists.
"We were missing our best player (Tatiana Manuel, who injured her ankle in the semifinals), but … we lacked defensive intensity," Bryant said. "Without our best post player it made it extremely difficult for us to do anything on the inside."