Chipley headed to the FInal Four
Published: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 06:03 AM.
CHIPLEY — If Chipley’s victory over West Gadsden could be summarized in two words, they would be preparation and composure.
The Tigers shrugged off West Gadsden’s concerted efforts to create a chaotic environment on the basketball court Friday night and pulled away for a 73-53 victory in the Region 2-1A finals.
Chipley will play Hamilton County, a 79-69 winner over Hawthorne on Friday night, in the Class 1A state semifinals on Wednesday at The Lakeland Center. The game tips off at 11 a.m. CST.
Chipley, 22-2, and West Gadsden,19-4, operated at a frenetic pace early on, but the Tigers assumed control with six straight points to close the first quarter and another 12 points to start the second.
Trent Forrest capped the run with a 3-pointer to put Chipley on top 30-14 four minutes before halftime.
Chipley remained composed in the face of the Panthers’ full-court press and halfcourt traps, and the Tigers maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. Chipley ultimately led by as many as 22 points and held a comfortable 60-38 cushion going into the final quarter.
Chipley’s Tyrome Sharpe, who scored 18 points to complement Forrest’s game-high 24, said coach Joel Orlando had the Tigers ready to counter the Panthers’ aggressive defense.
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