Marianna, FL---Coach Greg Franklin and his Lady Indians are celebrating their first Panhandle Conference title in more than two decades, but they're not celebrating for long. After all, the team's coach says, that's not the ultimate goal of this season.
Chipola beating Gulf Coast handily, 69-30 Tuesday, taking Chipola to 26-1 overall, 10-0 in Panhandle play.
That latter mark clinches the district championship for the Lady Indians, and that's significant, because despite winning four state titles in recent years, this is the first Panhandle championship for Chipola since 1990. In other words a title drought of 24 years coming to an end!
Says head coach Greg Franklin about winning the title "I think these kids are the ones that have really done the work here. To put up with me the whole year long, to be able to get where they're at. A lot of times, when we're up 25, 20 and still I'm preaching, harping. And a lot of times they don't really understand why and say coach, we're up 25-30, what's wrong. Well we're not just playing for that moment. Actually we're playing for a national championship. So it's good, but this is not our end-all goal."
Franklin says former Chipola coach David Lane was the first to person to text him to say congratulations on that title.
The Lady Indians have two regular season games left, against Tallahassee Tuesday, and Northwest Florida next Saturday.
Certainly Franklin now has the luxury of beginning to work towards the state tournament set for early March in Ocala.