TAMPA — Seffner Christian’s girls basketball program has reached the state final four twice in the past three seasons. In both appearances, the Crusaders lost in the semifinal round.
One thing separating this year’s team from the previous state-semifinalist squads is strength of schedule, and coach Greg Fawbush said the schedule is specifically geared for another run toward the Class 3A final four.
Last week, the team played in the LandAir Classic, a national tournament in Tennessee, where it finished 1-2. This weekend, the Crusaders head to the Rob Moramarco Girls Basketball Challenge in Gainesville.
“Our schedule is tremendously harder,” Fawbush said. “It would be hard for us to find someone with a harder schedule than we’ve got.”
Fawbush also scheduled the games to be played in consecutive days to give the players the feel of playing in the two-day state final four.
“I did it so that the girls will have more mental toughness,” he said. “Play back-to-back like the final four and be ready to play every night. I’ve set it up like the final four. All the games are in bunches, you have three days of practice and then you play the final four. Our whole schedule is built for the final four.”
Woodard playing big role for Hoyas
Faith Woodard, a Freedom graduate, the Tribune’s 2013 Girls Basketball Player of the Year and a Parade Magazine All-American, has been playing as a true freshman at Georgetown.
Woodard has started 11 of 14 games and is averaging just less than 30 minutes. She is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.9 points a game along with 5.1 rebounds.
4A district showdown
Tonight’s Class 4A-District 10 game between Academy of the Holy Names and Tampa Catholic will be for first place. TC defeated Sarasota Booker on Monday to take first place at 6-1. Holy Names’ lone district loss was to Tampa Catholic, and it could take the district lead with a win.