Free throws make the difference in Chiefland-Williston

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By Jim Clark

When you take the emotion out of a big rivalry and boil it down to the bare facts, Williston's 61-43 win over Chiefland last Friday comes down to one raw number.

Chiefland lost by 18 points. Chiefland missed 17 free throws.

The Red Devils pulled out to a 38-19 halftime lead, then withstood a Chiefland rally in the second half to get the win.

Chiefland coach Mark Lundy approved of his team's effort. "We cut it to (13). I was really pleased that the team did not give up."

Missing the free throws concerned the Chiefland coach. "It takes away from the mental focus."

With that 19-point deficit at halftime, the Indians came out and hit three buckets in a row, two by Donnell Sanders and one by Cantrell Richardson.

After Tony James had an unobstructed layup through a crowded lane, Marquis Jackson hit a jumper to make it 40-27.

But that was as close as Chiefland would get.

Williston put up the last eight points of the quarter as Paul King sank a three, James had a pair of layups and Michael Solomon, the only senior on the Williston squad, sank a free throw.

Opening the fourth quarter, James had a jumper, and Stephen Davis had a pair of free throws. But Williston had five points in a row to make it 55-29.

That widened to 61-35 late in the game, and eight points in a row by Chiefland only succeeded in making the score closer.

In the first half Williston pulled away steadily, taking a 17-6 lead after the first period, and pulling away in the second period.

In the game Jacques Edwards led Williston with 15 points, and James had 11 points and nine rebounds. Isaac Floyd had eight rebounds. For Chiefland Eddie Carter led the way with 13 points.

Chiefland was scheduled to play at P.K. Yonge on Tuesday night.