ST. PETERSBURG — Keswick Christian shook off its worst opening quarter of the season Thursday to record a 54-47 comeback victory over Sarasota Christian.
"We had the height advantage but we didn't box out," Keswick guard Tori Hale said. "We just had to pick up the intensity."
The Blazers scored the first 12 points but in the second quarter the Crusaders turned the tables by pressing and forcing turnovers to outscore the Blazers 20-6 and take a 26-25 lead at halftime. Cassie Foster hit two 3s in the quarter and contributed 10 points.
"I was calm and composed," Foster said. "I knew Tori would look for me."
Keswick opened the third quarter with 12 straight points, with Foster hitting two 3s and making two breakaway layups on passes from Hale.
In the fourth quarter Hale fouled out so Foster, with the help of Sarah Trill, put the game away for the Crusaders.
Foster led Keswick with 23 points while Hale scored 17 and had six rebounds and nine assists. Trill added eight points.
Nathan Cowan, Times correspondent