The Santa Fe Saints came into the game against Northwest Florida State College with a 10-game winning streak, but the Raiders came out of the locker room on a mission and defeated SF 68-36 Friday afternoon in the semi-final round of the FCSAA/NJCAA Region VIII State Tournament.
The Raiders (23-4), who will advance to the tournament championship game to take on Gulf Coast State College Saturday at 5 p.m., are ranked 2nd in the FCSAA Coaches Poll and #11 in the NJCAA poll.
"We were simply out matched today," said SF head coach Chanda Stebbins. "Obviously, that's a very good team and deserving of their rankings and a spot in the championship game."
The Saints trailed 21-8 after the first quarter and were never able to sustain a rally to cut into the deficit.
"I am proud of the season we had and the improvements we made," said Stebbins. "We fought hard as a team today and will grow from this."
Janasia Law, the Mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year, led the Saints with 14 points.
SF finishes their season with an overall record of 20-8 and a MFC Championship, their fifth title since 2009.
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