Seahawks secure state title with an assist from fans

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

South Walton came out to start the second quarter, with Kati Trejo sinking a shot from the paint, but the Seahawks just couldn't seem to get any closer than 2 points of catching the Tigers, as they trailed 25-23 at the half.

Chipley struck first in the third quarter with Victoria Lovett nailing a 3-pointer. Morgan Kennedy scored for South Walton, then Chipley picked in another basket. Heffron was fouled and made both shots from the line, then Casey Perot hit an inside shot to get the Hawks within one-point of catching the Tigers.

But Chipley again made a little run putting up seven straight points. By the end of the period, South Walton had closed it down to a 39-35 game.

At the start of the fourth, the Seahawks went to work and put up nine consecutive points with buckets from sisters Casey and Mackenzie Perot and a driving shot to the basket by Heffron that she turned in for a three-point play and a 44-39 lead. From that point on, it was South Walton on top with Tayler Menard, Heffron, the Perot sisters and Morgan Kennedy putting up points.

The turnaround was at the half.

"I told them we needed to rebound better," Craig said. "We tried to do this and that, and finally I said let’s go back to what got us here, which is our trapping ... and just trap all over the place. We really got into it then."

And when they made their run in the fourth quarter, "that was just everybody making plays," he said.

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