SARASOTA — Northside Christian broke in five new starters at the beginning of the season, but the Mustangs will head to the playoffs just like they did a year ago — as district champs.
Behind Kayla Walton's nine points, Northside defeated Shorecrest Prep 31-26 on Saturday in the Class 2A, District 11 final.
"I'm excited that we were able to win the district title," Northside coach D.J. Jackson said. "I'm very happy for our kids and for our program."
The Mustangs (22-5) have won 20 or more games in four straight seasons. To win Saturday, Northside needed patience.
Determined to not let the Mustangs offense get on track, Shorecrest (15-10), after giving up an early 3-pointer, held the ball for more than seven straight minutes. Northside led 3-0 after one quarter and 7-5 at the break.
"I've never seen that in 25 years," Jackson said.
In the third, the tempo picked up, and Walton, along with Rachel Boyette and Mona Weischnur, who scored six each, took control. Jasmine Cohen led Shorecrest with 13 points.