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Lady Indians split pair of summer league games as season approaches conclusion

By Sean Arnold

The summer league season is winding down for the Chiefland Lady Indians and their fellow area girls’ basketball squads.

After falling victim to a last-minute 3-pointer by Branford last Thursday, Chiefland picked up a 37-24 win over Fort White Monday in Williston.

The Lady Indians cap the season in Gainesville Thursday June 29 at Buchholz High School, where they'll take on Keystone Heights.

The league consists of 12 area teams and features 20-minute halves, with the clock only stopping for timeouts.

Chiefland trailed by a small margin for most of the game against the Buccaneers in Trenton before Colby Reed led a comeback charge to put CMHS up 26-23 in the second half.

The Lady Indians led by two heading into the final minute, but surrendered a 3 from the top of the key, giving the Bucs a 29-28 win.

Early turnovers plagued CMHS, which did get some mileage from a collection of put-backs in the first half from Naja Martin, Courtney Hayes and Sierra Norris, as Chiefland flexed its size advantage around the rim. Norris pulled her squad to an 18-14 deficit heading into the half on a buzzer-beating put-back in the paint.

Norris, Martin and Reed each made 3s in the game.

While CMHS did get the win Monday, it lost its up-and-coming point guard J’Mia McNeil to injury.