ST. PETERSBURG — As good as Keswick Christian was in the first half Tuesday in the Class A region semifinals, Cambridge was that much better and more in the second half.
Cambridge point guard Rachel Bode set up Chachere Moore with a drive and kick just outside the arc and the senior forward calmly sank her second 3-pointer of the game with three seconds to play. Following a timeout by Keswick, the Lancers prevented any effort for a tying shot, completing an 18-point comeback for an improbable 39-36 win.
"There was no way we were going to go down without a fight," said Moore, who helped the Lancers recover from a 22-6 halftime deficit. "This is my senior year, and we just talked about giving them a run for their money."
Until midway through the third quarter, it seemed as if the Crusaders were on the verge of duplicating their regular-season matchup against the Lancers, which Keswick Christian (16-9) won by 18. Tori Hale scored 17 of her game-high 20 in the first half but following one of two free throws with less than three minutes left in the third quarter, Moore reeled off seven consecutive points. The Lancers (17-8) were within seven and the game soon began to resemble the A-9 district final, which Cambridge lost 47-42.
In the fourth quarter, Bode — who surpassed the 1,000 career point total — capped an 11-point run, tying the game with a 3-pointer then sinking two free throws with 27 seconds left to give the Lancers a 36-34 lead. Five seconds later, Hale made two free throws, setting up the dramatics for Moore's winner.
"We knew they would start hitting their shots eventually," Keswick Christian coach Karmayne King said. "As much as we were hot in the first half and they were cold, it was vice versa in the second half."