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Three county girls teams facing districts

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By Susie Morris

This past week’s district tournament sent only one county  team home, but allowed three teams to advance to state series competition. One team, West Gadsden, emerged with a championship trophy, while two teams, East Gadsden and Tallavana Christian, continue to compete despite losing the finals.  
West Gadsden
The West Gadsden Lady Panthers (20-7)  took the 1A - District 4 trophy home this past week with two district wins.  The first was an 84-16 walloping of host Liberty County in semifinals. Leading scorers for the Panthers were Martasia Atkins with 22 points, followed by Nyasia Green with 17 points, Ashley Reddick with 14 points, Shakia Gilcrease with 10 points and Jamila Scott with 10 points.
In the finals, West Gadsden faced PC-Bozeman with the Panthers coming out on top by a 57-46 score.  Martasia Atkins led the way with 20 points, followed by Nyasia Green with 14 points and Shakia Gilcrease with 12 points.
The team will now face the District 3 runners up, Baker High School.  That game will be played  at 7 p.m. Thursday at West Gadsden.  Coach Rodney Lewis had this to say after the district win: “We are playing Baker High School on February ninth at home, and we need all our fans to come out and support the team and pack the gym!”   
East Gadsden
The East Gadsden Lady Jaguars lost to Florida High 58-39 and will have to do things the hard way ---- travel.  Down 21-14 at the half, the team could never mount a comeback effort and lost to the Seminoles. Trentorria Green led the Jaguars (12-11) with 12 points and Keyaria James added eight points.
As runner up in 5A-District 2,  the Jags will travel to Defuniak Springs to face Walton High School, the winner of District 1 this past Thursday.
Tallavana Christian and Munroe
Tallavana Christian defeated the Munroe Lady Cats 44-18 in the district semifinals of their 2A-1 district at Aucilla Christian this past week.   The Lady Lion then lost to host Aucilla Christian by the lopsided score of 52-14.  The loss in the championship game still propels the girls into their first regional playoff spot.
Three players for Tallavana Christian scored in double figures: Myeshia Davis, Layanah Washington, and Jade Stanford each scored 11 points.
The team travels to Jacksonville to face First Coast Christian at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Congratulations and best of luck this week to all three of our county girls teams!