CHIPOLA SWEEPS MEN’S AND WOMEN’S
STATE HOOPS TITLES
Tournament Photos - Men's
Tournament Photos - Ladies
MARIANNA—The Chipola College Indians captured their second straight
Florida Junior College Region VIII men’s basketball championship
Saturday, with a 73-61 win over Daytona Beach Community College.
The Indians were led in scoring by Mario Boggan with 19 points. Stefon
Hannah scored 12. Kendaris Pelton added 11.
Chipola will represent Florida and Region VIII in the National Junior
College Athletic Association tournament, March 22-26 in Hutchinson, KS.
Chipola finished sixth in the 2004 national tourney.
Earlier Saturday evening the Chipola Lady Indians captured their
first-ever state championship—only the second time in state history that
one community college won both the men’s and women’s titles.
The Lady Indians captured the Florida Championship with a 54-51 win over
defending state champion Gulf Coast Community College.
A capacity home-court crowd in the Milton H. Johnson Health Center
watched as Tojalyn “Sweet Pea” Atmore hit a shot at the buzzer to give
Chipola the edge. Atmore also led Chipola with 16 points. Chinata Nesbit
added 12. Tayani Clark scored 10.
The game appeared to be headed for overtime with four seconds remaining
when Atmore made the field goal to give Chipola its first-ever women’s
Second year Chipola head coach David Lane, said, “It was unbelievable.
I’m so happy for Sweet Pea. We practiced the shot several times this
year. From my angle, the shot appeared to be off, but it hooked and went
Lane said his team had tremendous heart and spirit. “They battled and
did what they had to do to win. It was a neat experience for them. I’m
happy they’ll get to go to nationals. That’s why I coach, so they can
get see that hard work pays off.”
Chipola’s Cinderella season began to blossom on Feb. 1, when they scored
a 62-40 upset over top-ranked Gulf Coast. The Chipola win was Gulf
Coast’s first conference loss in 66 games. Chipola also had to beat
Pensacola in a Feb. 28 playoff game to earn their spot in the state
The Lady Indians will represent Florida and Region VIII in the NJCAA
National Tournament, March 22-26 in Salina, KS.