Make that three tickets in a row punched to Lakeland for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls’ basketball team.
The Lady Tiger Sharks (23-5), who have yet to lose to a Class 1A this season, used a burst that shouldered halftime to seize a 65-41 victory over district rival Blountstown Tuesday night in “The Dome.”
The win provided the Lady Tiger Sharks their third consecutive Region title, this one Region 2-1A.
And they advance to take on Madison County in the Class 1A state semifinals 2 p.m. ET Wednesday; Madison County dispatched Lafayette 42-37 Tuesday.
Port St. Joe and Blountstown opened on even terms, finishing the first period knotted at 14-all.
But Port St. Joe out-scored the Lady Tigers 38-13 over the second and third quarters to seize control.
Port St. Joe had four players in double figures scoring, led by Mimi Larry’s 16 points to which she added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Mari Johnson added a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds along with two assists.
Jahneese Brathwaite scored 13 points and had two assists, two steals and one rebounds, Jae Lenox added 13 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals, Amani Jones seven points and five blocks and India Gant three points, two rebounds, a steal and an assist.
Port St. Joe 58, Sneads 25
After taking the District 4-1A crown, the Lady Tiger Sharks earned the right to host the Region 2-1A semifinal against Sneads last Thursday.
The Lady Tiger Sharks opened on fire with a 20-4 spurt to open the game and pushing the margin to 41-15 by halftime.
A running clock kicked in for the second half.
Lenox paced Port St. Joe with 20 points and added six steals, four assists and two rebounds.
Johnson chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists and Jones added eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Larry had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks, Gant four points and five rebounds, Zhyion Quinn four points, one rebound and one steal, Brathwaite three points, three rebounds and two assists and Shadovia Hudgins two points, two rebounds and one steal.