Both the Chipley Lady Tigers and the South Walton Lady Seahawks played in their first ever state championship game last night- with the Lady Hawks coming out on top 58-49. Chipley led the whole game until the final minutes, but South Walton pulled ahead late and hung with it.
The South Walton girls, head coach Kevin Craig, and the Seahawk faithful were overcome with emotion after the win, and everyone agreeing that it was definitely a team effort.
"I've been telling them the last two weeks that this about our school and our community," says Coach Craig. "The fact that they came here today and we have only like 500 kids in the school. We had a lot of fans, it was bigger. Today was about the team, getting here was about the entire city and the school."
"We made our town happy and proud of us," says Casey Perot. "We had to do it because we had to bring up some positive things for South Walton High School."
"It's great to bring back a state champion trophy to our school," says Morgan Kennedy. "We haven't had a State Championship trophy ever in our school. For our community, they haven't experienced it either so it's not just for us- it's for everyone."