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Graceville Tigers are state bound

The Graceville Tigers talk strategy between plays The Graceville Tigers talk strategy between plays Photo by: Amanda Elrod

The Graceville Tigers basketball team are state bound and in search of a State Title.  This comes after a nail-biting 46-44 win over Laurel Hill last Tuesday night in Graceville.  This ends a 19-year drought of the Tigers in the state tournament.  Their last trip to Lakeland was in 1998.

The match Tuesday night kept the fans on their seats through four quarters of play with the Tigers coming out on top.  

The Tigers took a slim 17-14 lead into the locker room at the half and held on for the victory in the second half.  

Derrick White led Graceville with 17 points, followed right on his heals by CJ Smith with 15 points.  

Graceville departed Monday for the state playoffs.  About the playoffs, Miles says, “They are ready to go. The guys are loose so hopefully the nerves don’t kick in tomorrow (Tuesday).  I’m just really proud of them, how hard they worked and hopefully we are not done yet.”

One less worry for first year coach Justin Miles is the birth of his second child.  Every game fans have seen his wife and son in the stands supporting the Tigers.  They have been concerned about the birth of Ella Grace coming in a timely fashion.  She did just that.  Ella Grace made her entrance into the world after they had secured a state playoff bid by defeating Laurel Hill and in plenty of time for dad to bond before he had to depart for Lakeland.  Ella Grace joins brother Greyson James.  Mother Jordan and Ella Grace are doing fine.  

The Tigers were scheduled to play Wildwood at 12 noon Tuesday.   Check this week’s edition of the TIMES for results of that game.  

The staff at the Jackson County Times congratulates coach Miles and his team on their accomplishments and on the birth of his daughter.

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