ST. PETERSBURG — Keswick Christian closed the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run to hold off Shorecrest Prep 36-27 in their District 2A-11 semifinal Friday.
The Crusaders closed the third quarter with consecutive 3-pointers from Cassie Foster and Tori Hale to take a 25-20 lead into the fourth. Shorecrest (10-11) quickly tied the game at 25 but Keswick got back-to-back baskets from Sarah Trill to take a 29-25 lead it would not relinquish.
Shorecrest's Jasmine Cohen led all scorers with 17 points, but could manage only three in the second half. Foster led the Crusaders with 12 while Trill and Hale added 10 apiece.
Keswick (13-12) will play top seed Northside Christian in the final tonight after the Mustangs defeated St. Stephen's 53-26 in the second semifinal. The Mustangs got out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and continued to build on it.
"It's district time so all the coaches are going to play us a little tougher and show us something different," coach D.J. Jackson said.
Amy Spath scored a game-high 16 for the Mustangs and freshman Jessica Logemann added 13 as eight players scored for Northside (18-7).
The Mustangs have defeated Keswick twice this season but Jackson believes the Crusaders will be live underdogs with the district title on the line in their gym.
"I have a great respect for Coach King and all the district titles she's won," Jackson said. "Her record speaks for itself and we will have to be ready to play."