SEFFNER — The ride home for Seffner Christian was much better this time.
Remembering last year's loss to Bradenton Christian in the Class A, Region 3 semifinals, Seffner Christian returned the favor Tuesday night with a 63-45 victory. The Crusaders advance to Saturday's regional region final against Orlando Christian Prep.
Before the game, Seffner Christian coach Greg Fawbush reminded his team about last year's 66-56 loss to the Panthers.
"I told the girls to remember that ride we had back (from Bradenton)," he said. "We need to make sure that we don't have that feel driving home (Tuesday)."
Tesha Hanson (29 points), Sabrina Whiting (13) and Kelly Cunningham (11) led Seffner Christian (22-7) in scoring. The first half featured eight lead changes, but the Crusaders went in front for good on a Hanson layup late in the second quarter.
The teams combined for 85 missed shots, 56 turnovers and 43 fouls. Bradenton Christian (22-7) got 17 points from 2,000-career point scorer Maria De Kuiper, but committed 32 turnovers and allowed Seffner Christian to make 16 of its 23 field goals on layups.
"We knew their defense was good enough to hold us," Fawbush said. "So we had to keep pressure defense on them to force turnovers. Our goal was to force 30 turnovers and we did."