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.”