Chiefland wins first playoff, one win from state

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.

CHIEFLAND — Chiefland wasted little time in pulling away for its first postseason victory, a 49-16 dismantling of visiting Crescent City in the Class 1A, Region 4 semifinals Tuesday night.

Tazariah Johnson scored the game's first points for the Raiders (4-12) on a tough runner in the lane, but the Indians (17-1) quickly took control with pressure defense to finish the first quarter with 21 straight points.

“We just thought we could jump on them early by putting a little pressure on them,” said Chiefland coach Brian Gore. “We wanted to get that cushion going and put a little pressure and it worked out in our favor.”

Sophomore guard Emmarie Carmen filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, four rebounds and five assists in the first half while extending the Chiefland lead to 39-7 at the break.

“She's a coach on the court,” Gore said. “Her basketball IQ is pretty high so she gets people where they need to be and she sees the floor really well. And she can score on top of it which is always a positive.”

Despite sitting most of a running-clock second half, freshman forward Kiya London led all scorers with 16 points. She added six rebounds and altered numerous Crescent City shots.

“Kiya is a ninth-grader that is going to be phenomenal before she graduates from high school,” Gore said. “It doesn't hurt to have a 6-foot-2 post player in girls basketball.

The Indians made the state playoffs for the first time since 2003.

“It's a great group of young girls who've worked hard starting back in the summer,” Gore said. “They're playing really well right now. They've learned to play together and they're looking really good.”

Johnson finished with a team-high eight points for Crescent City, which reached the state playoffs for the third straight year but are still searching for their first victory.

Chiefland will host the winner of Wildwood and Williston in the regional final on Friday night.

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