“The girls played a very spirited game and left it all on the court. We proved to be a very formidable opponent,” said head coach Christopher Long.
The teams met in Savannah at Armstrong State University. Prior to facing off, Long said this game would be “a war” and the team that dealt with the “jitters” the most would win.
Against St. Pius, Long had several players contribute the bulk of the points. Senior Kaneisha Mixon had 14 points, senior Earnicia Washington had 12 points and 10 rebounds, freshman Jazmine Lawrence had nine points and sophomore Alex Weems and junior Erica Jones both finished the night with seven points each.
Finishing their season 27-4, the Lady Panthers, according to Long, “made a lot of history.” With 27 wins they set the school record for most wins in a season and they also finished unbeaten at home. According to Long, the Lady Panthers basketball team is the first team in school history to win a region championship as well as make it to the final four of a state playoff.
Before making it to the final four, Chapel Hill defeated Beach, 58-53, in the quarterfinals on Feb. 26.
“They played outstanding, with lots of heart and great maturity,” Long said.
Three of the ladies fouled out in the last quarter of the game, but this made it possible for three other players — Brandy Dangerfield, Rachel Goff and Danielle Sutton — to step up and show some of their leadership skills, according to Long.
In the quarterfinals and the previous rounds, Long said his team played “exceptionally well” as they showcased their abilities.
“We had good ball control and finished the things we set out to do and put complete games together,” Long said.
Now that the season is over, the team will get a break, the seniors will graduate and the returning players will begin offseason training as they prepare to have another great season.
“It was an awesome year. I’m very proud of the girls and what they did this season,” said Long.