South Walton rallies past Chipley for title

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 03:42 PM.

Chipley led 25-23 at halftime despite shooting 30 percent. South Walton shot at a 42 percent clip, but warmed in the second half. The Seahawks, led by Casey Perot and Heffron, were 11 for 18 in the second half (61 percent) while Chipley improved marginally to 34 percent.

The Tigers won along the boards with 38 rebounds, including 26 on the offensive glass. However, Chipley couldn’t convert enough to increase its lead, which it held for three quarters, and failed to draw fouls under the basket.

South Walton committed just nine fouls to 23 for Chipley and the Tigers attempted only seven free throws. The Seahawks attempted 33 free throws and made 20 with the considerable difference playing a role in the outcome.

“We just fouled them a lot and they definitely made a lot of shots,” Hingson said. “I think they were able to penetrate better. In the end their guards waned it and they took it to us and put on a lot of pressure.”

Chipley led by as many as eight late in the third quarter after three consecutive charging calls on South Walton, but the Seahawks took control with a 15-2 run that included the hot start in the fourth quarter.

Jasmine Belser scored 14 and Ebony Williams 10 for Chipley. Williams missed her first nine shots, but went 4 for 5 after the dry spell.

Mackenzie Perot scored 12 and Tayler Menard eight for South Walton. Seven Seahawks scored in a balanced attack with six of those with five or more points.

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