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The Chipola Indians improved to 6-3 with a 98-72 home conference win over Tallahassee Wednesday night.

A massive 41-20 first half for the Indians easily brought Tallahassee down to earth, but the feather began to fly in the second when an irate Eagles squad rallied for 52 points.

While it was an impressive effort, the Indians’ lead was never in danger and they won with a 26-point cushion.

The Indians’ high scorers were Kelshawn Brewton with 19, Ibrahima Sankare with 17, and Bitumba Baruti with 16.

The team is ranked second in the Panhandle Conference standings behind an undefeated Northwest and is ranked third in the FCSAA State poll and eighth in the NJCAA national poll.

The Lady Indians lost to Tallahassee in a tight 75-70 game.

While the Lady Indians controlled the court in the first, 18-7, the Lady Eagles found their rhythm in the second and outshot Chipola 24-20.

The Lady Indians were up 38-31, but the games momentum seemed to be shifting in the Tallahassee’s favor and by the end of the third Chipola was up by just three, 57-54.

While the Lady Indians had been able to stay in front, they began to struggle in the fourth and Tallahassee took advantage of it to take the lead and the win.

The Lady Indians’ high scorers were Courtajia Sanders with 28 and Dekerlya Patterson with 15.

Chipola is 5-4 in conference play and is ranked third in the Panhandle Conference standing behind Northwest and Gulf Coast.

They are ranked third in the FCSAA state poll and ninth in the NJCAA national poll.

The Indians will be at Northwest Florida State College this weekend. Their last home game of the season will be against Pensacola on Feb. 20.

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