LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian coach Phil Farver wasn't thrilled.
Sure, his team led by eight entering the final quarter. And no, it didn't appear as if the outcome was ever in doubt. But the truth is, the Golden Eagles weren't playing all that well and Farver knew it.
"I wanted them to finish strong that fourth quarter," Farver said.
To say the least, they complied.
After closing the game on a 23-6 run, IRC won the Class 2A, District 10 final over Tampa Prep 61-36 Saturday night.
More importantly, the Golden Eagles may have gained a little confidence as they head into the playoffs.
"We did all the right things (in the fourth quarter)," Farver said.
The title is the second for IRC (21-5) in three years. Tampa Prep (9-14) beat IRC to win the championship in 2009.
Forward Rachel Burnett led the Golden Eagles with 15 points. Forward Jessica Logemann added 13 while forward Kristen Scholl and guard Savannah Armstrong had 10 each.
IRC led 13-2 early, but during the second and third quarters, the Golden Eagles weren't particularly sharp, especially on offense.
At the same time, Tampa Prep, behind 14 points from forward Kasey Furlong and 10 from guard Latora Lofgren, began to play better and slowly crept back into it.
"We hit some big shots," Terrapins coach J.C. Smith said.
One of them was a Lofgren 3-pointer with 1:05 left in the third, which cut the IRC lead to eight.
"When you let them get to within eight and you're not doing the things you're supposed to, that's too close," Farver said.
A 10-2 IRC spurt to begin the fourth put an end to Tampa Prep's rally. During the quarter, IRC was strong on both ends, and that finally put a smile on Farver's face. So might this:
"We can do that every game," Golden Eagles guard Tori Trador said.