LAKEWOOD RANCH -- When Cardinal Mooney shooting guard Ryan McMahon began his high school basketball career, a district title was on his checklist.
After the Cougars' 82-69 win Friday night in the Class 3A-District 10 final against Bradenton Christian, he checked it off for the fourth and final time.
The senior scored a game-high 32 points, helping Cardinal Mooney (23-3) capture its fourth straight district championship.
"It feels great, but we definitely have a new goal in mind. We want to win regionals and go to state," McMahon said.
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The Panthers (16-7) found themselves down 43-30 at halftime after turning the ball over four times in the final minutes of the half.
"That was the difference in the game. We had four possessions there at the end of the first half, but we turned it over and Mooney scored," Bradenton Christian head coach Scott Townsend said.
Bradenton Christian's Ryan Leunk, who finished the game with 19 points, connected on a 3-pointer with 5 minutes, 30 seconds, left in the fourth quarter to cut the Cougars' lead to 64-55.
Moments later, McMahon hit a layup and a three of his own, pushing the lead back to 14.
J.T. Noellert hit a jumper on the next possession for the Panthers, but the Cougars answered with a 10-2 run, icing the game.
Noellert led the Panthers with 31 points, while Jake Lester chipped in 13.
"It seemed every time we got close, they hit another big shot to extend their lead," Townsend said.
Point guard Justin Najmy shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the final quarter, protecting the Mooney lead.
Najmy finished with 14 points, but it was his scrappy play and leadership that impressed his coach.
"He keeps us in line. Justin does a great job of applying pressure to the other teams' point guard and energizing us on both ends," Mooney head coach Stefan Gates said.
Bradenton Christian fell to 0-3 against the Cougars, but the Panthers still could meet up with them during region play. Cardinal Mooney will host the loser of Saturday night's District 9 final between St. Petersburg Shorecrest and Clearwater Calvary Christian at 7 p.m. Feb. 12. BCS will travel to face the winner of that game.
"They are a great team, and you have to play almost a flawless game to even have a shot," Townsend said of Cardinal Mooney.
Nick Peacock finished with 12 points for the Cougars, and Blair Perry added eight.