Bulldogs fall to Tigers in regular season finale

Crestview girls basketball

Crestview point guard Jensis Coleman works her way past Pensacola's Akilah Miuhammad on Thursday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 02:31 PM.

CRESTVIEW — In time, Crestview High School girls basketball Coach Kathy Combest hopes her young Bulldog team will look a lot like Pensacola High's girls.

The Tigers aren’t very big, but they are athletic and quick. And they use that athleticism to pressure teams into submission defensively.

Pensacola used that pressure defense and athleticism to beat Crestview 66-53 Thursday night, snapping the Bulldogs' 11-game winning streak.

“That’s a good team,” Combest said. “We had to get used to them pushing the ball, and I don’t think any team we are going to meet is that fast.”

In the early going, the Bulldogs battled the Tigers as scores by Jasmine Middleton, KK White and Arianna Simms propelled Crestview to an early 10-2 lead.

As the Bulldogs continued to exploit the Tiger defense, Pensacola surprised Combest by pulling out of the full-court press.

Racine Frank led a Tiger charge as Pensacola closed to within a basket of the Bulldogs with the score 10-8 with 4:06 left in the first quarter.

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