West Gadsden Advances to 1A Final

Lakeland, FL---The West Gadsden Panthers are in the boy's state basketball championship game for the first time ever.

Coach Andrew Moten and his team beating Union Tuesday in the 1A state semifinals at the Lakeland Center.

West Gadsden fell behind early by 3, but a 17-0 second quarter run turned things around, helping the Panthers lead 36-22 at the half.

The second half they would pull away and go on to win 76-51. Marquis Brown leading the way with 25, Brandon Shingles scores 24. Coach Andrew Moten's team now 25-9, will face Holmes in Wednesday's final at 4:35 eastern. Those two did not meet this season, but the coach Moten says he knows what it will take to beat the Blue Devils.

"Well you've got Chris Walker, an outstanding player, a McDonald's All American. You don't make McDonald's All American unless you're an outstanding player. And he's definitely a great player. What we have to do is try to contain him, you're not gonna stop him, you're not gonna stop a guy like that. Try to contain him and not let the other guys get off, and get their points, go crazy on us."

West Gadsden hoping to win it's first ever boy's state basketball championship.