Late collapse leads to loss for Lady Indians

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By Claude Lewis

The Chiefland High girls varsity basketball team hung with visiting Fort White for a half on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

In fact, the CHS gals only trailed by a point at intermission.

But the Lady Indians from Columbia County broke away in the second half en route to a 52-28 cruise over the local Lady Indians.

Chiefland fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A District 5.

It was an uphill struggle in the first quarter, as Chiefland fell behind 5-0 and trailed 7-4 after the first eight minutes.

But Chiefland outscored Fort White in the second quarter to keep its chances of winning very much alive.

Amye Grieves banked in a 3-pointer at the start of the second quarter to tie the score at 7-7. Kayelynn Allen hit a jumper to tie the game at 9-9.

Fort White crept out to a 13-9 edge, but Grieves went to the bank again for another trey to close it to 13-12. A basket by Tina Russell gave Chiefland its only lead at 14-13. Fort White scored two baskets in the final minute of the second quarter to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.

Fort White came out and scored nine straight points to start the third quarter, going up 26-14.

Guard Renashia Bowers scored two straight baskets to draw the home side to 26-18. Allen swished a 3-point goal to keep Chiefland within shouting range at 28-21.

However, Salacey Nichols scored two consecutive layups to give Fort White a 32-21 pad after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was all Fort White, as the visitors outscored the home hoopers 20-6 over the final eight minutes.

Nichols finished with a game-high 24 points.

Chiefland was led by Grieves and Allen, who had nine points each.

Tina Russell hustled and played hard for the home side.

CHIEFLAND 45, NEWBERRY 38 –The Lady Indians outscored host Newberry 9-2 in overtime to record this district win Nov. 19.

Chiefland trailed 24-18 at halftime and 31-24 after three sessions before rallying to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Guard Renashia Bowers pioneered the comeback with some giant 3-point goals in the fourth quarter and overtime. She finished with a game-high 22 points.

Katelynn Allen had nine points. Charissa Morris had five points and grabbed a whopping 12 rebounds. Amye Grieves had four points, Jerrica Grimsley three and Brooke Williams two.