Indians snap long losing streak

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By Claude Lewis

Things were getting about as dry as a desert for the Chiefland High boys varsity basketball team.

The winless drought reached back to last year, or 32 days to be more precise.

Last Thursday night, Jan. 31, the Indians broke a nine-game losing streak with a 68-53 victory over visiting Interlachen.

Chiefland raised its record to 8-16. Interlachen fell to 5-15.

"It's good to get a victory heading into the district tournament," Indian coach Mark Lundy said.

Chiefland played Newberry in a Class 3A District 5 opener Tuesday night in Williston. The Indians were seeded sixth and Newberry third.

It was senior night Jan. 31 with two Indians honored before the game – Delmar Dial and Casey Brown.

Looking back, the last time Chiefland had won was back on Dec. 29 against Melbourne-West Shore in a consolation game in the Bronson Christmas Tournament.

The Indians have gone through a lot this season –most notably the Jan. 10 fight against Fort White. The varsity players were suspended and the junior varsity playesr moved up for three games to prevent forfeits.

Slowly but surely, the Indian boys have been getting in back in gear. They came close to defeating Mayo earlier last week.

They finally got it right last Thursday.

Chiefland jumped out to an early 15-5 lead, but Interlachen would not let the game get away. The Rams played a strong second quarter and only trailed 27-22 at halftime.

The Indians put together a strong period on both ends of the court to blow the game open in the third quarter.

Junior forward Cantrell Richardson had a massive quarter, going for 11 of his 19 points. Stephen Davis had four points in the session.

Brown even popped a three-pointer to give the Indians a 43-27 lead with 2:55 left in the quarter.

Chiefland was able to hang on in the fourth quarter as freshman guard Eugene Carter had three field goals.

Carter ended up with 15 points. Brown finished with 11. Davis had eight and Dial six.

Interlachen was led by its two guards –Romeo Thompson (20) and Tamarick Williams (16).