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UPDATE: Lady Indians going to State Finals

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Wildwood defeated 42-33

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

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The Lady Indians defeated the Wildwood Wildcats 42-33 in an intensely competitive game on Friday night. 

They will head to FHSAA semifinals in Lakeland playing Paxton on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Lakeland Center. Tickets are$10 each and are on sale at FHSAA.org. 

The game will also be webcast on Bright House Sports Network. 

EARLIER STORY:

It could be a big showdown Friday and the Chiefland Middle High School gym will be like the OK Corral as the Lady Indians basketball team faces off against the Wildwood Middle High School Lady Wildcats. 

The championship game is at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in the CMHS gym. 

In Tuesday night's regional semifinals the Lady Indians defeated Crescent City 49-16 and Wildwood defeated Williston High School 45-40.

It was the first time since 2003 that Lady Indians have made it to the regional round.

The Lady Wildcats could present a challenge. Lady Indians Coach Brian Gore said," I  have seen Wildwood play and they are good." 

Chiefland has met and defeated the Williston team three times in some of their most intense play this year.

The Lady Indians defeated the Red Devils 60-49 at Williston for the 1A District 7 title on Saturday, Feb. 1.

It was a hotly contested game between the two teams that included complaints about the officiating from fans on both sides, a Chiefland player collapsing on the court and an offiicial had the CMHS principal ejected in a case of mistaken identity for another person's verbal harrangue. 

During the redular season the Lady Indians defeated their cross country rivals 53-52 at home in December and 58-41 on the road in January. 

After Tuesday's regional semifinals win, Gore attributed it to "A group of young girls working pretty hard together.”

He praised the defense. “We played defense. When you can create turnovers and steals and that leads to some quick easy points that helps you out. One of the things I try to emphasize is the easy baskets.”

From the beginning the Lady Indians went after dominating the game, putting the press on the Crescent City players and taking advantage of the Lady Raiders' weaknesses in ball control almost stealing it at will.  

Despite what may look like a lopsided outcome, the Crescent City Lady Raiders put up an aggressive front with their main players getting little rest due to having only 2 relief players on the bench. 

For the Lady Indians, freshman forward Kiya London had a big night scoring 16 points, followed by 10 for sophomore guard Emmarie Carmen, 6 for junior forward Jeana Rosales and freshman guard Hannah Gore, 4 for senior guard Brittany Gilliam and junior forward Kasidy Schultz, 2 for sophomore forward Sheila Engle and 1 for sophomore guard Tataneisha Barnes. 

The Chiefland team is 16-1 for the season with their only loss a 34-25 game against Hawthorne in November. It was not a conference game so the team ended 8-0 in district play. 

On MaxPreps.com the team is ranked 217 in the state while Wildwood is ranked 236. Chiefland has averaged 49.8 points per game, while Wildwood 

Wildwood is 26-1 for the year and 4-0 in its three-school 1A District 8 conference.

If Chiefland wins it would advance to the state championship playoffs in Lakeland.