SARASOTA -- Jacqueline Kulle was dropping in buckets all over the court.
In fact, the 5-foot-11 freshman's jumper enabled host Cardinal Mooney (11-13) to get itself within striking distance of St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut in Thursday's Class 3A-Region 3 girls basketball quarterfinal.
But the Blue Jackets switched up their defense as center Charlisa Jenkins floated out to the perimeter to guard Kulle more closely.
Consequently, Farragut pulled away from Mooney for a 46-31 victory.
"Jacque decided to play out and was killing us," Blue Jackets head coach Julie Pickering said. "So we had to make the adjustment and start matching up. Charlisa has very good defense, and we needed to utilize it."
Kulle accounted for all 12 of the Cougars' second-quarter points, but only scored six points in the second half.
That was due to the Blue Jackets targeting Kulle a bit more with their defense.
"Once I started making more, they played a box on me," said Kulle, who finished with a game-high 20 points. "So their big girl was on me more, and that kind of brought it down a bit."
Meanwhile, Farragut (12-5) crashed the boards and used several different players to find the basket on the offensive end.
The result was an 11-point lead with 2 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the game, before Zariyah Daniels and Sakhia Jones combined to convert 6 of 9 free throws in the final minutes to ice the game for the Blue Jackets.
"Basically, what I think it came down to was they made their shots and we didn't make our shots," Cougars head coach Ken Stokes said. "We played a real good game. They weren't intimidated by how physical they were. ... They actually held their own and I'm real proud of them."
The defensive effort, though, in that second-quarter stretch when Mooney trimmed its deficit to three points with Kulle's hot shooting was the key to Farragut's victory.
"The second quarter was a really big turning point," Pickering said. "We lost a little bit in the third, but that really changed it. We went from a zone to man, and that's what pretty much sealed it."
Farragut heads to the 3A-3 region semifinal against Clearwater Calvary Christian, while Mooney's season ends.
However, the future is bright; the Cougars don't graduate anyone off this year's team.
The club sported four juniors, while the remaining players were underclassmen. That included Kulle, who scored half of Mooney's points for the year, and sophomore guard Emily Walser.
Walser was limited to eight points in Thursday's loss as the Cougars shot a woeful 13-for-56 from the field.
Farragut received double-digit scoring games from Jenkins (14 points) and Jones (13 points).