They did not take away a district crown, but the Lady Tiger Sharks of Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School reached the district championship game and the first round of the regional playoffs during last week’s District 4-1A tournament at South Walton.
This is the 12th consecutive year that the Port St. Joe girls have reached regional play, the ninth-straight under Coach Kenny Parker.
Port St. Joe played West Gadsden in the opening round of the tournament last Tuesday 49-19.
The Lady Tiger Sharks never trailed, taking an 18-6 lead after one quarter, building the lead to 31-10 at halftime and finishing the third period up 44-15.
Brooklyn Quinn scored 10 points to lead Port St. Joe. Callie Fleshren, Alyssa Parker and Hallie Jasinski each had eight, Shannon Pridgeaon and Maya Robbins added five apiece, Teiyahna Hutchinson four, and Da’Vida Tschudi with one.
The Lady Tiger Sharks faced Blountstown, a winner over Bozeman in the opening round, in last Friday’s semifinals.
The two split during the regular season, each winning on its own court.
Port St. Joe jumped to a 10-4 first quarter lead and was up 17-14 at halftime. Blountstown pulled to within 28-26 after three periods and took a 30-28 lead halfway through the final quarter.
The Lady Tiger Sharks outscored Blountstown 9-2 over the final minutes to win 37-30.
Quinn led the way with 14 points. Hutchison added nine, Fleshren six, Robbins three and Parker and Jasinski each had 2.
The following night the title game was no contest as top-seeded South Walton, starting five seniors with two more seniors coming off the bench, breezed to a 50-20 win.
Robbins led Port St. Joe with eight points, Hutchinson added six and Quinn and Jasinski three.
Port St. Joe plays at Ponce de Leon in the Regional 1-1A quarterfinals at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Feb. 12.