Lady Bucs snap CMHS streak with explosive 1Q

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By Sean Arnold

The Chiefland girls’ basketball team caught a red-hot Branford squad on the wrong night.

The Lady Buccaneers stemmed the Lady Indians’ win streak at five games as they nearly eclipsed CMHS’ total scoring output for the night with 30 points in the first quarter.

Branford jumped out to a 30-3 lead in the opening quarter before securing a 62-31 win in Chiefland.

A series of half-court steals helped BHS build an insurmountable advantage in the first quarter with a 30-1 run. Chiefland played even with Branford for the remainder.

It marked just the third time this season that Chiefland was held to under 39 points.

Courtney Hayes paced the Lady Indians with 12 points, while Naja Martin hauled in a team-high 13 rebounds.

“That’s going to happen to you sometimes, I’m just glad it was tonight and not in the district tournament,” Chiefland coach Buddy Vickers said. “I guess we still had the blues over last night (against Bronson). We were tired and we were hurting from (the Bronson game).”

Defense, rebounding lead CMHS past FW

The Lady Indians made just one of their 10 3-point attempts against Fort White Jan. 9, but employed their advantage on the offensive boards to get plenty of second chances from the field, as they won 50-34 in non-district action.

Chiefland out-rebounded the visiting Indians 51-35, and also held the advantage in steals by a 24-11 margin.

The Lady Indians led by six at the end of the second and third quarters, but finished on a high note in outscoring Fort White 17-7 in the final quarter.

Naja Martin led Chiefland with a double-double at 18 points and 16 rebounds, both team highs on the night. Colby Reed racked up 14 points and 11 boards, while Courtney Hayes grabbed 15 rebounds for CMHS.