LARGO — This time, Indian Rocks Christian is ready.
A year removed from its best finish in school history, the Golden Eagles took one more step toward their goal of reaching the Class 2A state final four by routing Lakeland Christian 82-34 in the region semifinals.
IRC's 1,000-point scoring quartet of Jess Logemann, Rachel Burnett, Tori Trador and Kristen Scholl combined Tuesday for all but two of the Golden Eagles' points. The four went 9-for-14 from the 3-point circle as the Golden Eagles (26-3) extended their winning streak to 14 games.
All that stands in the way is Community School of Naples, a team that won the state championship two years ago and was state runnerup last season after beating IRC 60-44 in the region final.
"Last year, we were so excited to be there (in the region final) that we pretty much forgot how to play," said Burnett, who had 23 points and 12 rebounds against Lakeland Christian. "We were almost awestruck that we had made it so far, but now we are a lot more mature and have such a good chemistry because we've been playing with each other for so long."
The Golden Eagles overwhelmed the Vikings (15-11) with their up-tempo style and were ahead 32-13 after the first quarter. The offense slowed a bit in the second quarter, but IRC held Lakeland Christian to five points to take a 56-18 lead into halftime.
"We've kind of been struggling a bit offensively, so I wanted them to open it up some more in this game and shoot more 3-pointers so we can find our groove again," Golden Eagles coach Phil Farver said.