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  • Chiefland opens against Bronson...

    An intra-county rivalry tips off the District 1A-7 boys’ basketball tournament in Cross City Monday, Feb. 12, as fifth-seeded Chiefland squares off against No. 4 seed Bronson tat 6 p.m. at Dixie County High School.

    The pair of schools finished tied with Cedar Key with four district wins apiece, but Bronson won the tiebreaker on the account of its win over No. 3 seed Trenton. CKS is the No. 6 seed and faces third-seeded Trenton Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

    Chiefland won both meetings with Bronson during the regular season, edging out the Eagles on the road in 70-68 comeback win Jan. 11, before prevailing 63-58 in the rematch in Chiefland. In the latter game, the Indians pulled ahead by 23 points in the third quarter, with five CMHS scorers contributing at least seven points apiece. Quay Brodus and Jarrett Jerrels led the bunch with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

    Big fourth quarters by Bronson duo Cole Langston and Tra Francis helped narrow the Eagle deficit.

  • Lady Indians' improvements...

    One way to measure the improvement made this season by the Chiefland girls’ basketball team is to check its results over time against the same opponents.

    The Lady Indians, who earned the third seed in the district tournament with an 8-4 mark in league play, met Cedar Key for the third time this season in the 1A-7 quarterfinals Monday, Feb. 5.

    In their first meeting, Chiefland escaped with a single-digit victory. For the rematch, Chiefland picked up a 12-point win, extending its advantage on the Lady Sharks thanks to a second-half push.

    Monday’s meeting was a different story, however, as the game completely belonged to CMHS from start to finish, with the Lady Indians prevailing 40-18 to advance to the district semifinals.

    Chiefland faces No. 2 seed Branford, which defeated No. 7 Bell, 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Trenton. The winner earns a berth to the playoffs and meets the winner between top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Trenton and Bronson.

    The Lady Indians lost their two regular meetings with Branford by at double-digit margins, but defeated the Buccaneers 49-44 in Cedar Key’s holiday tournament.

  • Chiefland keeps steady against...

    Chiefland faithful would have been forgiven for carrying low expectations into the Indians home finale against Crystal River.

    The Pirates, a Class 6A program that’s been on the rise over the last four years, cruised into town with one of its better squads in school history to face a sophomore-laden Indians squad.

    The overall result went as expected, with CRHS prevailing 75-53.

    But Chiefland, which already trailed by as much as 19 points in the second quarter, reined in their deficit in the second half, avoiding getting overwhelmed in the mismatch. The Indians stayed to within 15 points for much of the fourth quarter.

    Chiefland appeared to gain confidence in the paint against the much bigger squad as the game wore on, competing for more put-backs and points around the rim. CRHS took advantage of some breakaway scores in the early minutes.

    The squad got a boost from junior Kirk Williams, who, with nine points, was his most active in a game since returning from an ankle injury. L.J. Jenkins also provided a lift after being limited with an injury.

  • Lady Eagles notch comeback win...

    It didn’t exactly go as Rod Thomas planned it, but the head coach and his Bronson girls’ basketball squad got the result they were looking for: survive and advance.

    The Lady Eagles overcame an eight-point second-half deficit to prevail 35-31 against Dixie County in the District 1A-7 quarterfinals in Trenton Monday, Feb. 5.

    Bronson advances to face No. 1 seed and No. 2-ranked Trenton Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals.

    The Lady Eagles, who are having to make do without their injured No. 2 guard, Neomi Thomas, went 14 minutes without a field, starting from midway through the first quarter.

    But Thomas’ sister, junior point guard Yelena Thomas, did plenty of heavy lifting in scoring a game-high 25 points, helping Bronson escape the drought as she posted 17 points in the second half alone.

    A put-back by Brandi Strong in the third snapped that field goal drought for BMHS, setting the stage for a back-and-forth battle to the finish.

    Yelena Thomas then put together a string of baskets, including a floater in the lane, to knot the game at 20-20 late in the third.

  • Girls’ hoops tourney tips off...

    The Chiefland girls (12-8) are the No. 3 seed in next week's District 1A-7 tournament in Trenton. They face Cedar Key Monday, Feb. 5, at 6. The Lady Indians defeated the Lady Sharks twice in the regular season, 39-31 and 55-43. The winner plays Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. versus No. 2 seed Branford or No. 7-seeded Bell. Bronson kicks off the tournament at 4:30 Monday against Dixie County. The championship game will be held Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

    District 1A-7 Girls’ Basketball Tournament in Trenton
    Monday, Feb. 5
    Game 1: No. 5 Dixie County Bears vs. No. 4 Bronson Eagles, 4:30 p.m.
    Game 2: No. 6 Cedar Key Sharks vs. No. 3 Chiefland Indians, 6 p.m.
    Game 3: No. 7 Bell Bulldogs vs. No. 2 Branford Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, Feb. 8
    Game 4: winner of Game 2 vs. winner of Game 3, 6 p.m.
    Game 5: No. 1 Trenton Tigers vs. winner of Game 1, 7:30 p.m.
    Friday, Feb. 9
    Championship game: winner of Game 4 vs. winner of Game 5, 7:30 p.m.
     

  • Chiefland dominates early in win...

    Chiefland strung together one of its more satisfying performances on the season against Bronson Jan. 23 to lead by as much as 23 points in the second half.

    It was senior night for the Indians, who don’t have a senior on the roster, making for an ironic subtext behind the proceedings.

    Bronson, showing its pride against its a chief rival, made a run in the fourth quarter, but CMHS had enough cushion to absorb the blow at that point, as it went on to prevail 63-58.

    Chiefland a well-rounded scoring distribution, with newcomer Quay Brodus leading the way with 15 points. Jarrett Jerrels jumped out with seven points in the opening quarter to finish with 11 on the night for CMHS; Ty Corbin (five rebounds) and Austin Adams chipped in 10 and nine points, respectively. Payne Parnell had seven points and four boards for Chiefland.

  • Lady Indians clip county foes

    It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Chiefland girls’ basketball team.

    The Lady Indians were tasked with adjusting to a world without do-it-all standout Takiya London, who helped lead the squad to four-straight playoff berths and a final four, while acclimating an inexperienced group of younger players under a new head coach in Buddy Vickers.

    While the program certainly is building for times ahead – Vickers likes to call it a five-year plan – the team hasn’t let this season become a forgettable sacrifice for the future, as Chiefland, with a pair of recent wins over county rivals Bronson and Williston, has guaranteed itself a winning season and heads into the district tournament as a No. 3 seed.

    On senior night Jan. 23, the Lady Indians cruised to a 52-22 win over Bronson, before knocking off the Lady Red Devils 50-35 on the road Jan. 29.

  • Indians surrender early lead to...

    The Chiefland boys’ basketball team had its share of mini-surges in the second half against Oak Hall Jan. 26 in the CMHS gym.

    But the Indians could never completely shake the deficit they carried into the break, as they fell 68-63 to the Gainesville private school in what turned out to be a disappointing, for CMHS, but mostly thrilling final quarter of action.

    Chiefland was under serious threat early in the fourth quarter as the Eagles pulled ahead 50-37. But back-to-back dazzling plays by sophomore Ty Corbin, including a 3-pointer and a behind-the-back assist to Sedrik Moultrie, energized the crowd and made the deficit manageable once again at 50-42.

    When OHS responded with a couple of buckets, Chiefland junior Payne Parnell connected on a 3 to take it back to an eight-point game.

    From there, Oak Hall remained ahead by 8-12 points, until an Austin Adams steal and assist – to Quay Brodus – and another Corbin 3 cut the Eagle lead to 62-58 with 3:05 remaining. Adams later added a 3-pointer of his own, but the Indians were done for the night scoring from the floor thereafter.

  • CMHS outlasts Dixie in back-and-...

    Chiefland needed a win against rival Dixie County in its district finale to ensure itself the valuable No. 3 seed in the upcoming tournament.

    The Indians were resilient in their effort, trading leads with the Bears before securing the final advantage for a 7-6 win at home, culminating CMHS’ Diamond Days Week in style.

    Big hits by Wyatt Hammond and Elijah Smith (double) punctuated a three-run rally in the second inning to put the Indians ahead 3-0. After CMHS surrendered its lead in the top-half of the third, senior third baseman Seth Thomas drove in Hammond to tie it up in the bottom-half of the same frame. In the fourth, Will Sumner bunted in Keegan McLelland to give Chiefland back the lead. Sophomore call-up Luke Reidy, who was in for an injured Josh Webber, ripped a double to pick up Hammond and extend the lead to 6-4. Dixie County answered with a pair of runs off a CMHS error, before Smith knocked in Hammond for the final go-ahead run in the sixth.

  • Indians misfire on layups in...

    If there was an encouraging development for Chiefland in their loss to Dixie County Jan. 16, it was that the Indians, despite missing so many layups and struggling to find much momentum on offense beyond point guard Jalen Rutledge, remained in the game until the final two minutes, trailing by just six points at one point in the final quarter.

    But the misses proved too costly in the end, as the Bears pulled away in the final moments, stretching out their advantage for a 79-63 win in Chiefland.

    Dixie County is still alive for the No. 2 seed in District 1A-7 after beating Trenton 61-53 on Jan. 22. Bell is the top seed.

    After trailing by as much as 15 in the third quarter, Chiefland got its deficit down to 54-48 early in the four on an Austin Adams floater. Dixie County responded with back-to-back buckets, including one off a pickpocket takeaway, before L.J. Jenkins converted on three free throws to get Chiefland back within seven.

    The Bears continued to toy with a double-digit margin however, and CMHS junior Payne Parnell gave his team its final single-digit margin of deficit with three free throws just before the two-minute mark.