Port St. Joe girls fall to Chipley in region play

Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 09:04 PM.

The one player on the floor with playoff experience was the difference Tuesday night inside “The Dome.”

Junior point guard Amanda Paschal scored 32 points, dished out 11 assists and added six rebounds and four steals in leading Chipley to a 66-41 victory over Port St. Joe in a Region 1-1A quarterfinal.

Chipley, 21-5, advances to meet the winner of Holmes County-South Walton later this week. The Lady Tiger Sharks’ season ends at 16-12.

Paschal was the point guard on the Chipley team that reached the state title game last year, but the Lady Tigers graduated eight seniors from that squad.

Paschal, surrounded by one junior and three sophomores in the starting lineup, with just three seniors on the roster, has carried a heavier burden this season.

“Last year she had a great supporting cast and this year she doesn’t,” said Chipley coach Kim Tuel. “She had to step up and lead the way. She’s a fantastic ballplayer and as long as she is going like that we will be tough to beat.”

Paschal was in the middle of two critical swings in the game.

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