The Chipley Tigers and the Vernon Yellow Jackets met for the second time this basketball season Friday night at Vernon. The Tigers came into the game seeking to avenge a 6 point loss handed to them by the Yellow Jackets in Chipley on December 17. Vernon entered the game seeking to gain a season sweep over Chipley in basketball, having already done so in football. After four periods of hard fought basketball, the Vernon Yellow Jackets emerged victorious with a 55-53 win. While the Jackets led almost the entire game, their lead never extended beyond 8 points. The final margin was decided when Jackson Swearingen hit a three point basket to cut Vernon’s lead to 2 with .6 seconds remaining on the clock. After a time-out, the Yellow Jackets were able to inbound the basketball as time expired.
Vernon was led in scoring by Maurice Hargrove with 19 points. K’wan Powell added 9 points to the winning Vernon cause while Caeden McDonald and Dyvion Bush added 6 points each. Garrett Coleman and Christian Proctor scored 5 points each; Wayne Potter added 3 points and Austin Angerbrandt added 2 points.
Chipley was led in scoring by Jackson Swearingen with 22 points; Koltin Cox with 11; Zahir Potter with 5; Tyrell Blackmon and Jordon Boston with 4 points each; Andrew Lawton with 3 and Zac Wilson and Isaac Berry with 2 points each.
Chipley will be back in action at home Tuesday night when they host the Sneads Pirates. Vernon will play at Liberty County Tuesday night.