Holmes County, PDL seek return to girls Final Four

Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 00:04 AM.

Two Class 1A girls basketball teams from Holmes County are one victory from duplicating their Final Four run, but their head coaches are cautioning against looking back when region championships are decided 7 p.m. tonight.

Holmes County, 19-9, travels to Chipley, 20-4, to decide the Region 1-1A crown and Ponce de Leon, 23-5, plays at South Walton, 22-6, in the 3-1A title game.

Having to travel is only one difference from 12 months ago when the Blue Devils and Pirates each survived a freak storm that delayed their missions in reaching Lakeland. PDL eventually turned back Holmes County in the state semifinals en route to the inaugural Rural Classification championship.

Holmes County and Chipley are squaring off for the fourth time this season, the Blue Devils winning the first two and the Tigers claiming the district title with a 62-61 decision. PDL and South Walton have not met this season, but collided in the 2012 region final won by the Pirates.

Devils coach Devon Miles said that what makes Chipley formidable is a trio of athletic guards and 6-foot-2 center Aaliyah Coleman.

“She had 18 points and 26 rebounds” in the district final, Miles said of Coleman.

He also alluded to backcourt players Rakia Sorey and Jasmine Belser, and said sophomore Amanda Pascal could be the best ballhandling guard in this region.



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