Choctaw girls down Crestview in District 2-6A tourney semifinals

Crestview girls basketball

Choctawhatchee's Lauren Day, left, and Brittany Washington, right, try to steal the ball from Crestview's LaKayla Robinson on Friday.

Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM.

NICEVILLE — Choctawhatchee proved unbeatable during the regular season, wrapping up the program' s first undefeated season with a 25-0 mark.

Judging by the Indians' first postseason appearance, it appears that streak of perfection has no end in sight.

Brittany Brown scored a game-high 24 points, Lauren Day added 15 and the defending district champion Indians jumped out to a 37-3 lead en route to a 61-26, running-clock victory over Crestview in Friday's District 2-6A semifinals.

“They're gelling more together,” said Choctaw coach Don Brown, whose team will meet Fort Walton Beach tonight at 7 in Niceville in a rematch of last year's district championship. “Great chemistry, great kids and I'm proud of what they've accomplished so far. This is the playoffs and anybody can beat you so we're going to play as hard as we can play every game.”

Brown, who filled up the stat sheets with seven assists, five rebounds, five steals and two blocks, mirrored her coach’s thoughts, saying “This is the start of a new season and we wanted to come out strong and playing good defense tonight.”

Good defense would be an understatement.

The Indians not only forced Crestview into 22 turnovers, they held the Bulldogs to just two first-quarter points and 15 percent shooting (6 for 39) and didn't allow a single Crestview player to break into double digits in the scoring column. The pick-pocket, suffocating effort was so dominant that Lakayla Robinson, a freshman who scored Crestview’s first basket with 50 seconds left in the first quarter, was the only player to even approach double digits with eight points.

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