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Lady Indians spear Bears

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By Sean Arnold

The Chiefland girls’ basketball found itself in the envious position against Dixie County of building up a big enough lead to allow playing time for its entire bench.

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The Lady Indians built up a 41-13 lead in the third on the heels of a Colby Reed 3-pointer.

The playing time for the less experience varsity talent led to a surge by Dixie County, which cut its deficit to 49-36 with 2:45 remaining.

But Reed issued the final dagger with her second 3 of the game, as Chiefland went on to prevail 58-37.

The lanky junior finished with a team-high 14 points, and up-and-coming eighth-grader Nikki Fuller (13 points) and rebound machines Courtney Hayes (11 points) and Naja Martin (12 points) joined her in double figures.

Hayes and Fuller, who was 3 of 5 at the foul line, each nabbed eight rebounds, and Martin added seven.

Chiefland sat at 10-8 overall heading into senior night against Bronson Jan. 23. Buddy Vickers’ bunch will need to win two of its final four games to guarantee itself a winning season, a distinguished accomplishment in a rebuilding season. Games at Williston (Jan. 29) and Alachua Santa Fe (Feb. 1) are included in that final stretch of games.

The squad is looking at a No. 3 seed in District 1A-7, behind No. 2-ranked Trenton and Branford.

The win over DCHS marked CMHS’ seventh win in eight games.

After facing the Lady Red Devils Jan. 29, the Lady Indians travel to Fort White Jan. 30.