CHIPLEY — Chipley earned a trip to the Class 1A Final Four in girls basketball with a 63-49 win over Holmes County on Saturday night.
Chipley will play Hilliard on Tuesday in a state semifinal game. The Tigers defeated potential championship game opponent South Walton earlier this season on their home court.
Chipley, 21-4, was meeting Holmes County for the fourth time this season. The Tigers lost both times during the regular season, but edged the Blue Devils by a point to win the district title and the Region 1-1A championship proved to be no contest.
“We couldn’t put the ball in the basket for nothing tonight, absolutely nothing,” Holmes County coach Devon Miles said. “But they are good. They improved every single time we played them.”
The Tigers’ backcourt of Jasmine Belser, Rakeia Sorey and Amanda Pascal was more than the Blue Devils could handle. They combined for 37 points, Chipley outscoring Holmes County by 12 points in the second quarter to lead 29-17 at halftime.
The margin swelled to 47-28 after three quarters. Belser led the Tigers with 17 points and Sorey and Pascal each had 10. Ebony Williams added 13 points to help offset a low-scoring effort from Chipley’s 6-foot-2 center Aaliyah Coleman.
Selena Long led Holmes County, 19-10, with 10 points. Point guard Mikayla Moore had all nine of her points in the second half and Hannah Prescott had eight. Holmes County shot only three of 18 on 3-point attempts.
“Their guards are really really good,” Miles said of Chipley. “And their role players played well for them tonight.”