Crestview advances to district title game

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:21 PM.

Jaci Hodskins scored six points in the second quarter to lead the Eagle charge as Niceville went on a 16-6 run. A pair of Hodskins’ free throws with 22 seconds left in the first half gave Niceville its first lead at 21-20.

But the momentum swung back to Crestview when Bulldog freshman KK White hit a 3-pointer as the half ended giving Crestview a 23-21 lead at the break.

“They got a little rattled and I just had to settle them down and tell them not to get back and play our game,” Bulldog Coach Kathy Combest. “Niceville’s so big they did give us some problems, but we adjusted and regained our composure.

“We knew we had to beat Niceville to play Fort Walton again. And we to play Fort Walton to make it known that we are a basketball team too.”

Niceville’s zone defense bothered Crestview throughout much of the game, but the Bulldogs still found themselves on top 30-24 with just more than a minute left in the third quarter.

Back-to-back Day 3-pointers were followed by back-to-back scores by Hodskins as the Eagles ran off 10 unanswered points in a span of 76 seconds.

Hodskins second basket of the run came 16 seconds into the fourth quarter and gave the Eagles their largest lead of the night at four points.

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