BONIFAY — After a well fought two-day battle the Holmes County Lady Blue Devils walked away champions of District 2 after this weekend’s Girls’ District Tournament in high school basketball.
During the first day of the tournament, held on Friday, Chipley High School’s Lady Tigers gained a sound victory over the Freeport Lady Bulldogs with a score of 43-34.
After a fierce start from both sides the Lady Tigers and Lady Bulldogs were tied at the end of the first period with a score of 8-8.
The Lady Bulldogs quickly recovered leaving the Lady Tigers behind by three points and ending the first period with a score of 22-19.
After halftime the Lady Tigers hungrily dug in, surpassing the Lady Bulldogs first by three points ending the third period with a score of 31-28 and then pushing harder, widening the gap by nine points and ending the game with a score of 43-34.
With the Lady Tigers of Chipley High School securing their victory the next battle between Holmes County’s Lady Blue Devils and Jay Lady Royals would decide who they faced the next day.
The Lady Blue Devils were the ones to answer as their challenger after defeating the Lady Royals with a score of 79-39.
The Lady Blue Devils came off strong and remained strong throughout the game, relinquishing not even an inch for the struggling Lady Royals as they ended the first period with a 15-point lead with a score of 25-10 and the first half with a 19-point lead with a score of 46-27.
As the battle raged on the Lady Blue Devils returned shot for shot if not by two-fold ending the third period with a score of 64-32 and finally wrapping up their victory with a 40-point lead with a score of 79-39.
The Lady Devils would soon find their challenge against the Lady Tigers as they faced off against each other in the District 2 Championship round on Saturday night, where the Lady Devils found a narrow victory with a score of 56-55.
The Lady Devils and the Lady Tigers started with equal ferocity as the battle for District 2 champ began, however it was the Lady Tigers who gained a two-point lead at the end of the first period with a score of 11-9 and continued to maintain a lead, pushing the gap further with a three-point lead at the end of the first half with a score of 26-23.
The Lady Blue Devils fought hard to bridge that gap only to trail farther behind as the Lady Tigers held a nine-point lead at the end of the third period with a score of 41-32.
The turning point didn’t come until the last few minutes of the game, with not a bottom in their seat and not a call to be heard over the roar of the crowd as the Lady Devils recovered the lost distance and surpassed the Lady Tigers in time for the final buzzer with a score of 56-55.
Next the Lady Blue Devils will be participating in 2014 FHSAA Class 1A Girls Basketball Championship on Feb. 11. Their opponent, time and place are still to be announced.