If you like Franklin County basketball, then Thursday and Friday night at the Nest are going to be your delight.
First off, on Thursday, tonight at 6 p.m., the Lady Seahawks will tip off against Port St. Joe for the Class 1A District 4 championship. Both teams advance to the regionals, but the winner will get home court advantage while the loser goes on the road.
Tydron Wynn's Lady Seahawks opened the district tourney Tuesday night with a 25-point blowout of Bozeman, 59-34. The team has a 13-8 overall record, and is 7-2 in the district, with both losses coming at the hands of the St. Joe Lady Tiger Sharks.
Freshman Jahneese Brathwaite led with 19 points, followed by senior Melanie Collins with 13 and freshman Amani Jones with 12.
Juniors Honesti Williams and Hannah Sweet each tallied five, while sophomores Jamela Ray and Kiani Allen each had two, and senior Jazmyne Farmer and sophomore Haley Miller each one.
“I’m of our team for being the first girls in Franklin County history to make the playoffs,” said Wynn.
He said “my girls was more relaxed than me,” even after they ran up a 26-1 margin after the first quarter. I’m still nervous but they maintained that high energy and the results showed.”
“It should be very fun and a great game tonight,” said Wynn. “I hope a lot of fans come out and show a lot of support for girls. We gone need it!”
Then on Friday night at the Nest, it will be Senior Night for Coach Nathan West's Seahawks, as they take on Class 3A powerhouse John Paul II to close out the regular season.
The 16-7 Seahawks finished district play with a perfect 10-0 record by downing Wewahitchka 71- 54 in an away game Friday night.
Senior Simon Brathwaite scored 31 points and snared seven rebounds, with sophomore Lamarius Martin scoring 23, with seven assists.
Senior Mikalin Huckeba grabbed seven rebounds, and senior Daijon Penamon had five assists.
"I thought we came out and played too flat," said West. "We have to do a better job at playing at a high level down every game. We can not afford to take days off.
"We are not good enough to pick and choose when we want to play hard, we have to play hard for 32 minutes," he said.
The Seahawks fell Tuesday night 62-52 at Class 6A Rutherford.
The Rams jumped to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Seahawks narrowed it to 36-29 at the half. They outscored the Rams 9-8 in the third quarter but they couldn't make up the difference and lost by 10.
Brathwaithe leads the team with a 20.6 scoring average and 8.4 rebounds per game, while Martin is producing five assists and 2.7 steals per game. Huckeba is averaging one block per game.
The Seahawks open post-season play with the district tourney at Wewa Monday.