Lady Braves repeat as champs

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By Mike Capshaw, Staff Writer

Now that the Chiefland Lady Braves have the SMAC trophy in their possession, they don't seem ready to give it up. The Lady Braves won their second consecutive Suwanee Middle School Athletic Conference crown with a convincing 37-9 win against Keystone Heights at Ruth Rains Middle School in Cross City on Friday.

It marked the pinnacle of a five-year journey for coaches Kimberly and Ronnie Bartley. Their first season coaching the team, CMS went 3-12. Then 8-8 in Year No. 2. The Lady Braves then lost by a single point to Williston for the right to play in the championship game in Year No. 3 before finally winning the championship last season. This year, the championship trophy - that trades hands every year — will stay at Chiefland Middle School. It was the first time for both the boys and girls to sweep the SMAC titles.

"Last year we had one layer who we depended on a lot for most of the scoring," Ronnie Bartley said. "This year, we played really well as a team and had more balanced scoring from all of our players."

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