LARGO — Indian Rocks Christian shot out of the locker room like a bullet Thursday, ripping off 20 unanswered points on its way to an 80-17 victory over Santa Fe Catholic.
The Golden Eagles looked to top scorer Tori Trador early and often as she opened with 6-of-8 shooting, including three from beyond the arc on her way to a game-high 23 points.
Trador's teammates followed her lead in the scoring onslaught. The Golden Eagles shot 52 percent from the field in the first half. IRC led 64-7 going into the break.
"We've been trying to prepare for down the road to try to get to state," IRC coach Phil Farver said. "We've been trying to raise the speed of our game and it showed tonight.
"That was probably the best first half I've seen our girls play."
While the offense took center stage, it was often fueled by full-court pressure that resulted in 15 of the 23 turnovers forced by the Golden Eagles. Santa Fe Catholic shot just 5-of-31 and rarely moved the ball past halfcourt in the first half. Junior Rachel Burnett led the defense with seven steals.
She was also effective in the passing game, adding four assists to go with 10 points.
"I think the ball movement was the biggest thing tonight because we were getting the open shots and moving the ball quick." Farver said.