Seahawk eighth grader #2 Gigi Griffin tries to shoot over Tiger Shark junior #20 Ty'Shawn Shackelford. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Lady Seahawks finish at 12-9

The Franklin County Lady Seahawks varsity girls basketball team, which returned this year after three years in hibernation, completed the 2022-23 season with a respectable 12-9 season record.

Under the direction of coach Jordan McNair, the team finished 29th in Class 1A out of 45 teams, and 446th out of 580 teams in the state when all seven Florida High School Athletic Association classifications are included.

The team stumbled at the end of the season, losing three straight, two to Port St. Joe.

At home Jan. 27, the team fell 46-11 to the Lady Tiger Sharks. After scoring five points in the first quarter, the local girls were able to manage only two points each in each of the last three quarters.

The Lady Seahawks closed out the regular season Jan. 30 in Panama City, as they fell to the North Bay Haven Academy Lady Buccaneers 44-22.

Second-seeded in the Class 1A District 4 tourney at Wewahitchka, the Lady Seahawks drew a bye on Jan. 31, and then on Feb. 1, fell 72-28 to Port St. Joe.

The Lady Seahawks scored three points in each of the first two quarters, trailing 28-6 at the half.

Port St. Joe outscored Franklin County 16-13 in the third stanza, and 28-9 in the fourth quarter.

This year’s team included no seniors; junior Alexcia McNair; sophomores Raegan Dempsey, Jenise Loos, Mahala Griggs and Maleah Bell; freshmen Thamia Thomas and Mylie Smith; and eighth graders Efredia Wesee, Sa’ryiah McNair and Gregreyana Griffin.

Seahawk sophomore #4 Mahala Griggs tries to get a shot off as Tiger Shark senior #23 Mari Johnson converges on her from the front and junior #24 Alonah Segree from the back. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

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