Trade two-points for three and the spread of the score can increase quickly. Gaining an advantage by extending your range has never been a secret strategy. Yet, a matter of ability. These days, the sharp-shooting has improved and coaches are exposing the talent of their players regulary.
We took a look at the area girls basketball teams which made the most three-point field goals during the 2019-2020 season. Leading the state was Keys Gate (Homestead). They shot 918 three-point shots making 280. Comparing them to Seffner Christian who shot 640 three-pointers, 278 fewer attempts, and converted 188. The Crusaders shot 29% from deep which was good enough for top 5 in the state.
Santa Fe and Plant fall in the second and third spots. 171 made three-pointers made for Santa Fe and 169 made for Plant. Santa Fe heated up in January finishing the season shooting 30% or higher in all but two games. The worst game was their final one versus Seffner Christian, 3 of 17, 18% from three-point land. Plant played 9 games where they scored 7 or more three-pointers in the game and eight games shooting 45% or better from distance. Note: Versus Palm Harbor in early December (69-7 win), they attempted just two three-pointers, making one.
You may not think of Wesley Chapel and Northeast as great basketball hubs, however, both had really good seasons and displayed the ability to shoot the three-ball. Wesley Chapel scored on average 58 points a game and shot 26% from deep. Both teams made 136 three-pointers this season and the Vikings won all but one game when they made six or more three-pointers.
Girls basketball was solid this year in the area and the three-pointer has become a weapon more often used. Teams that can consistently score points from outside of the three-point line are advancing are becoming more and more dangerous offensively.