Chipley girls earn second consecutive trip to the state tournament


Chipley advanced to the state semifinal for the second straight season.

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Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM.

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 Hawthorne — a 51-50 winner over Hamilton County — in the state semifinals at The Lakeland Center on Wednesday. The state championship is Thursday.

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“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.”

Holmes County (20-8) outlasted Chipley for the District 3-1A regular-season title and then defeated the Tigers by a point to win the district tournament. Chipley was the superior team in this matchup, however, much like it was when the same teams met in the regional finals a year ago.

“We’re trying to build a family basically,” Chipley’s Essence Williams said.

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