BONIFAY — Chipley has some unfinished business at the Class 1A state girls basketball tournament.
Amanda Paschal scored 24 points and received considerable help from her teammates as the Tigers clinched a second consecutive trip to the state tournament with a 72-62 victory Friday over host Holmes County in the Region 2-1A finals.
Chipley (24-5) will face
“It was a great experience,” Paschal said of last year’s trip to state, which ended with a loss to South Walton in the championship game. “Last year we had a lot of seniors, and everybody wanted to win. ... We have to play harder, play with heart.”
“We’re trying to build a family basically,” Chipley’s Essence Williams said.
Jessica Belser’s layin pulled
Chipley carried a 54-48 lead into the fourth quarter, and the Tigers scored eight of the first 10 points to pull away. The Blue Devils got no closer than seven points thereafter.
“Everybody did great,” Paschal said. “Everybody stepped up tonight.”
Kimberly Tuel has been with the Chipley program for three years, she said, but this is her first season as head coach.
“We put the bar up high,” Tuel said, her voice hoarse from yelling for four quarters in a loud gymnasium. “It took hard work to get here.”
Brittany Lee contributed 16 points for Chipley, and Williams and Karlisha Works chipped in 12 points apiece.
Paschal 24, Lee 16, Works 12, Williams 12, Thomas 1, Massaline 7.
Davis 8, Prescott 8, Belser 10, J. Miles 7, Concepcion 9, J. Taylor 2, H. Taylor 6, Moses 4, D. Miles 2, Cross 3, Syfrett 3.
Chipley 14 16 24 18 — 72
Holmes County 13 15 20 14 — 62
Paxton 63, Poplar Springs 42
PAXTON — Paxton gained its first trip to the Final Four since 2008 by winning the Region 1-1A championship.
Paxton earned the bid with its third victory over Poplar Springs in four tries this season, including a 36-34 victory two weeks ago to secure Paxton’s 10th straight district title. This time around, the game wasn’t nearly as close.
Bethany Neale led Paxton with 17 points, Emily Murray added 16 and Katie Sebastian 10. Point guard Beth Hall led Poplar Springs with 19 points.
The Bobcats, 24-3, will meet Chiefland in a state semifinal Wednesday at 11 a.m. CST.