Chipley headed to the FInal Four
Published: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 06:03 AM.
“Coach talked about them at practice and he said it was going to be like that,” Sharpe said. “He let us go at it. Coach had the whistle. There were no fouls. None.”
West Gadsden ran into foul trouble early and had difficulty keeping Chipley corralled. The Panthers clawed within 60-46 in the fourth quarter, but West Gadsden coach Andrew Moten was assessed with a technical foul with 5½ minutes left. Sharpe made both free throws to push the lead back to 16 and ultimately put the outcome out of reach.
Lajarous Davis and Archie Albritton scored 12 points apiece for the Panthers.
Adrian Sims, a Chipley freshman who scored 10 points, echoed Sharpe’s thoughts that the practice leading up to the game was crucial. Now the Tigers are returning to state in the hunt for their second state championship in three years.
“We played with heart,” Sims said.
Logan Justice is a senior who is one of only two holdovers — Sharpe is the other — from the team that collected a state title in 2012. Justice said the Tigers have played with “a target on our back” and have work ahead of them to bring home a state championship next week.
“We can’t go down there big-headed,” Justice said. “We have to feel like everyone is at our level and our competition.”
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