BETHANY — No. 1 Chattanooga didn't play its best game Thursday but still managed to top Seiling 33-27 in the Class A quarterfinals, setting up a 2010 rematch with Okarche. Chattanooga and Okarche played two years ago in the championship game.
The Warriors (26-4) were down 11-8 after the first quarter, and held a one-point advantage at halftime.
The third quarter was tough offensively; there was an approximately 6-minute stretch where neither team scored. Seiling managed just one third-quarter point.
“For us, it was an average performance,” said Chattanooga coach Marty McBride. “We missed some shots outside that we normally hit. But credit Seiling; defensively, they are a very good team.”
The third also included a scary moment for the top-ranked Warriors when senior Bailey McBride fell to the floor and clutched her left knee.
McBride left the game, was looked at by the team doctor and returned when it was determined that she had hyperextended it.
“When it happened, I was scared,” McBride said. “But I calmed down a little bit and realized that if I want to win the gold ball, I have to get through it.”
McBride tore her left meniscus as a freshman, and the knee still gives her occasional problems. She finished with three points.
Senior Ashley McClung led Chattanooga with 14.
Now, the Warriors gets another shot at Okarche, which beat them in the 2010 state championship game. Chattanooga is in its fourth straight state tournament but has yet to bring home a gold ball.
Chattanooga's three seniors this year — McBride, McClung and Jaime Brown — all played significant roles on the 2010 team and are thinking revenge.
“Okarche is super tough,” McBride said. “They're quick; they a lot of pressure on you.
“We played quite a few games with each other this summer. We'll have to play better (than Thursday) to have a chance.”