TAMPA - Top-seeded Seffner Christian easily defeated No. 4 Tampa Bay Christian 50-13 and third-seeded Cambridge beat No. 2 Bayshore Christian 34-22 in Tuesday's Class 1A-District 10 semifinals.
The wins secured berths in next week's region tournament for the Crusaders (12-10) and Lancers (11-9), who meet Saturday in the district championship.
Points were at a premium in the first half of Cambridge's win as both teams continuously misfired from the field. The Lancers went into intermission up 11-10.
The teams traded baskets to start the second half before Cambridge seized control. With the Faith Warriors leading 16-15 midway through the third, the Lancers closed the game on a 19-6 run.
"Bayshore Christian is well-coached. You have to give them respect," Cambridge coach John Wilson said. "But I have to tip my hat to my girls. They came out in the second half and finished strong."
All of the Lancers' points came from three players. Senior Lauren Millwee led the way with a game-high 15 points, followed by sophomore Melissa Olsson with 12 and freshman Rachael Bode with seven.
Senior Emily Williams led Bayshore Christian with 10 points.
In the second game, the ease with which Seffner Christian handled the Rams wasn't unexpected. The Crusaders won both regular-season meetings by a combined score of 100-29.
The Crusaders scored the game's first nine points and went into the half up 30-4. Tampa Bay Christian couldn't compete with Seffner Christian's size underneath and full-court press.
Ashley Schubel led Seffner Christian with 11 points, while Jenny Moorer and Kayla Thomas added 10 apiece.