ODESSA — After Bradenton Christian made the hourlong drive to the Citrus Park Christian gymnasium, some of the Panthers claimed they were somewhat tired from the drive.
But their game showed little fatigue Thursday as they trounced Citrus Park 60-29 in a Class A, District 8 semifinal.
In the early game, Seffner Christian edged Hernando Christian 47-44 as both teams struggled to score despite easy opportunities.
The Crusaders' Sabrina Whiting had a team-high 14 points, while Hernando Christian's Courtney Crawford led her team with 16.
Bradenton Christian's height advantage gave the Panthers an edge on the boards against Citrus Park. The result was easy points from the key.
Panthers' leading scorer Liz Capps finished with 19.
"We wanted to keep momentum going, we've been on a streak lately and we just wanted to keep that going," Bradenton Christian coach Jim Van Til said. "It's business as usual. We can't take anyone for granted."
Citrus Park's Madyson Kaplan led her team with 21 points. Her teammates totaled only eight points collectively.
Bradenton Christian's Rachel Brown finished with 15 points.