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The South Walton Seahawks posed for one last photo before boarding the bus to the Final Four Sunday afternoon.

Tina Harbuck
Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 at 11:06 PM.

With every bounce of the ball and every made shot, it's history in the making for the South Walton Seahawks.

On Saturday night, the team defeated the defending state champions Ponce de Leon Pirates, 54-44, in the Girls Class 1A Basketball Regional Final. It earned the ladies a trip to Lakeland for the Final Four and the first-ever shot at a state title for any sport in the 10 years of the school’s existence.

The Seahawks left for the 7-hour bus ride to the state tournament Sunday afternoon.

"This means everything," said senior Seahawk guard Eve Heffron. "All the sweat and blood for four years and finally winning… We didn't let up.”

"And having their support means a lot," Heffron said of the pep band and student body who turned out en masse for Saturday's game and Sunday’s send-off.

South Walton Coach Kevin Craig went a step further, crediting the fan support as a big factor in the win.

"That home crowd, the student section and the band ... that got us over the edge," said South Walton Kevin Craig. "Ponce has a great team and they bring a great crowd. But our students really made the difference as far as extra energy goes."

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