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CHS boys get past Trenton and Fort White

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By Claude Lewis

The Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team rebounded with a pair of victories late last week after dropping a tough one to Class 3A state power P.K. Yonge earlier in the week.

Victories over Fort White and Trenton raised the Indians?overall record to 3-1 and their District 5 record to 1-1.

Chiefland played host to Union County on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Indians travel to Interlachen Thursday night and then to Cross City to take on Dixie County on Friday night.

CHIEFLAND 53, FORT WHITE 49 –The Indians rallied from a 12-point deficit after three quarters and pulled out this district game on the road Friday night, Nov. 30.

Chiefland outscored Fort White 24-9 over the final eight minutes to pull it out. Junior guard Josh Wasson led the charge, as he scored nine points and dished out three assists in the session.

The Indians had balanced scoring with freshman point guard Eugene Carter leading the way with 13 points. Swing Stephen Davis folllowed with 10 points and added 10 rebounds. Delmar Dial had 12 boards. Two guard Marquis Jackson added seven points. Big man Casey Brown added six points.

Chiefland trailed 31-21 at the half and 40-28 after three.

CHIEFLAND 44, TRENTON 40 ?The Indians were home again on Thursday, Nov. 29. Although overall they didn?t bring their "A"game, they had enough to hold off the stubborn Tigers.

The game was tight all the way.

Eugene Carter led the way with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting. He dished out four assists.

Stephen Davis had six points and 10 rebounds.

Delmar Dial was the big story, ruling with 18 rebounds. Seven of those were of the offensive variety.

For Trenton, Durrell Henry banged home 15 points.

P.K. YONGE 66, CHIEFLAND 41 A big crowd welcomed the Indians for their home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

They had to like how the Indians hung in and battled against a taller, deeper Blue Wave team.

"The final score was not indicative of how we played," said Indian coach Mark Lundy.

Chiefland trailed 22-17 at the half and after a stretch of inspired play by forward Tommy Sheffield, were still within striking distance at 32-28 midway through the third quarter.

But Yonge spurted near the end of the third quarter and pulled away with a big fourth quarter.

The Blue Wave were led by 6-6 center Walade Wade, who scored a game-high 21 points and ruled the boards with 12 rebounds.

Sharpshooter Josh Snodgrass got hot down the stretch, hitting a couple of three-pointers and finishing with 17 points. Flashy guard Autis Gibson finished with 16 points.

For Chiefland, Sheffield definitely had his game face on, as he finished with 15 points. He scored 12 of those in the third quarter.

Sheffield scored the first two buckets of the session to draw the Indians to within 22-21. The Indian muscle man later drove to the hoop to keep it tight at 27-26.

P.K. began to inch away behind Wade and Snodgrass.

Besides having size, P.K. also utilized full-court pressure that bothered Chiefland's guards.

Travis Donald and Eugene Carter chipped in with six points each.