With assistant coach Willie "Suge" McNair, left, and coach Jordan McNair at right, the Lady Seahawks are having among their best seasons ever. [ FCHS Athletic Department ]
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Lady Seahawks score historic first against St. Joe

In the entire history of the Port St. Joe-Franklin County girls basketball rivalry, the Lady Seahawks had never come away with a victory.

That is until last Saturday night, when the Lady Seahawks headed west to Gulf County and scored a 33-22 win.

The victory marked the sixth consecutive win for coach Jordan McNair’s squad, raising their record to 11-4, and 1-0 in district play.

The Lady Seahawk led from start to finish, going up 13-8 after the first quarter, 20-14 at the half, and 31-20 after three stanzas.

Freshman Sa’ryiah McNair led the team with 14 points, followed by eight by junior Mahala Griggs, five from freshman Gregreyauna Griffin, four by senior Alexcia McNair and two from freshman Efredia Wesee.

“We’re a young team and we’re finally starting to get it together by continuing to work hard,” said coach McNair. 

Sa’ryiah McNair and Griggs continue to be the team’s most productive scorers, with Alexcia McNair, sophomore Thamia Thomas and Griffin performing on defense, and Wesee the team’s top rebounder. 

Sophomore Mylie Smith and freshman Jayla Creamer “are growing up a lot,” said Jordan McNair. “We’re having a lot of girls step up.”

The team opened 2024 with a Jan. 5 home court win 31-23 over North Bay Haven, led by 11 points from Sa’ryiah McNair, seven by Griffin, five each from Alexcia McNair and Thomas, and one by Wesee.

On Jan. 10 at home, the girls dominated Bay High School 35-23, jumping ahead 9-4 after the first quarter, and 14-13 at the half, and 22-19 after three quarters, The Lady Seahawks secured the win by outsourcing the Lady Tornadoes 13-4 in the final quarter.

Sa’ryiah McNair led the team with 11 points, with eight each from Griffin and Griggs, five from Thomas and three from Alexcia McNair.

“They’ve come together as a team the last five games, and really grown up,” said the coach. “They’re doing a great job right now, and getting better each game.”

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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