NAPLES — Northside Christian had problems in its half-court game in the region semifinals Tuesday night. And that meant the Mustangs didn't have half a chance against Community School of Naples.
The Seahawks, coming off two straight trips to the state final four, built up a big lead early against the Mustangs and won easily 61-23 in the region semifinals.
Rachel Boyette, Saje Schlatterer and Hailey Gossard each led the Mustangs (25-5) with five points.
Michelle Woods scored 24 for Community School.
"This was without a doubt the best team we've played all year," Northside coach D.J. Jackson said. "We have nothing to be ashamed of. The first quarter actually went pretty well, because we were down by only five points.
"But then Community School went on some runs. And they made a lot of layups. We can't give up a lot of layups."
Hunter Martin made three 3-point baskets, and Woods made two.
"We've got a lot of young players, so it's hard to go up against a seasoned team like this," Jackson said. "We got off to a good start, but we didn't execute the half-court game very well. That's been our big problem all year long."
Community School was wild with its shooting in the first quarter, making only 5 of 15. The Seahawks led 14-9 after one was complete quarter but got going in the second quarter, limiting the Mustangs to one field goal and five total points in the second. Community School led 41-14 at halftime.