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District Champions

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Lady Indians not finished winning

By The Staff

Lady Indians Coach Brian Gore says the girls’ basketball team is not finished for the year, that they are not settling for their first 1A District 7 win in a number of years. 

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“We got a little bit higher goals than just the district championship. That was just one step.

“We can’t quit when we win district. We will get the first playoff victory now.

“I don't think Chiefland has won a playoff game,” he said. 

As for the team. Well, Tuesday they were practicing while the boys’ team started their district play in Lake Butler. 

“They're just a good, hardworking bunch of young women,” Gore said of the district champions who brought home the title after defeating the Williston Red Devils 60-49 on Saturday, Feb. 1 on the Red Devils home court. 

It was the third time this year the Lady Indians have topped their cross-county rivals. 

Reports are that the win came despite complaints on both sides about the officiating, the ejection of CMHS Principal Matt McLelland and an anxiety attack caused a player to collapse on the floor. 

“They work hard and they listen and they play hard,” Gore said. “The thing that happened Saturday at the district champ ionship game was a good example of how they played all year.

“They had a little adversity, some things didn't go our way and they were able to regroup, get back out and win the basketball game,” Gore said. 

While the team has only one senior, Brittany Gilliam, the teammates have played softball and basketball together for a number of years. 

Gore noted his top scorers are 9th and 10th graders. 

“It was a very intense basketball game and the frustration of many little things,” Gore said. 

“But we were kind of able to come back and regroup and overcome.

The team plays Crescent City Tuesday in the regional playoff opener, the runner up in their district. “I don't really know a lot about 'em,” Gore said. “Hawthorne played 'em twice and beat 'em twice and Hawthorne is our only loss.”