ST. PETERSBURG — Indian Rocks Christian's girls spent this week running a lot and getting into shape. The work paid off with a 44-point second half en route to a 68-44 victory at Keswick.
"We ran the dog out of them this week," Golden Eagles coach Phil Farver said. "In the second half, it showed."
Keswick kept the game tight in the first half, even taking a 13-12 lead after the first quarter behind guards Tori Hale and Cassie Foster.
"The two of them have a lot of confidence," Crusaders coach Karrmayne King said. "They are both great players."
In the second quarter, the Golden Eagles took the lead back behind the play of Rachel Burnett and Kristen Scholl and led 24-23 at halftime.
"We went to a high-low with (Burnett), and that pumped us up," Farver said. "We started to hit the open man."
IRC changed its defense in the second half to a triangle-and-two in an effort to shut down Hale and Foster. The moved worked as the Golden Eagles put the game away, outscoring the Crusaders 26-9 in the third quarter.
"No one else stepped up to score," King said. "The rest of the team can score.
"They just need to gain confidence."
Scholl led the Golden Eagles with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Burnett added 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Tori Trador chipped in with 18 points and five assists.
Foster scored 19 for the Crusaders while Hale scored 18 and pulled down nine rebounds.
Boys: Sean Culkin had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead IRC past Keswick 54-34. Derek Sanson led the Crusaders with eight points.