The South Walton Seahawks moved one step closer to bringing home the Class 1A State title Tuesday morning after they whipped the Villages 54-30 in the semi-finals at the Lakeland Center.



"It feels pretty awesome," said Casey Perot, a junior forward for the Seahawks.



"I thought we all played well. We stayed together and kept our poise," she told The Log just moments after the game.



The Seahawks, now 24-6, will take on the Chipley Tigers at 4:35 EST Wednesday at the Lakeland Center for the Class 1A State title. Chipley beat Hilliard in game one of the semis 55-50. The game will represent the first-ever shot at a state title for any team sport in the 10 years of South Walton High’s existence.



"I think we were the better team," said South Walton Coach Kevin Craig, noting experience and size. "It was a very physical game ... more than we've played in a long time.



"But we won and we've got our hands full tomorrow with Chipley," Craig said. "But we're here and playing for the title."



It will be an uphill battle Wednesday as Chipley beat the Hawks in November 47-38.



In Tuesday's game with the Villages Buffalos, Villages took the early lead 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, however, the Seahawks fought back to take a 26-14 lead by the half.



In the third quarter, South Walton continued to take it to Villages to stretch the lead to 40-25.



For the game, South Walton forced 29 turnovers and out rebounded the Buffalos 32-29.



Senior Eve Heffron led the Seahawks with 12 points and nine rebounds. Casey Perot scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds, while younger sister Mackenzie Perot scored six and had five rebounds. Senior guard Morgan Kennedy tossed in nine points and had four assists. Taylor Menard and Katie Logan each scored six points, and Kati Trejo tossed in five points and had five steals.