Before boarding the bus to Central Florida Sunday, Katie Logan had only dreamed of playing in the Final Four, but now she has a medal that says she's a state champion.
Logan, a former Destin Middle School Marlin turned South Walton Seahawk, is a junior guard for the Seahawks who just polished off the Chipley Tigers 58-49 for the Class 1A State title on Wednesday at the Lakeland Center.
"It was awesome," Logan said. "Nothing like I pictured. I was more nervous when I got there ... that's when it sank in."
On Monday, South Walton Coach Kevin Craig took the team over to the Sun Dome at USF to practice.
"It freaked us out it was so huge," Logan said.
So when they walked into the arena at the Lakeland Center, a smaller venue, on Tuesday for the semi-final round with The Villages, "it wasn't that bad. It definitely calmed us down a bit," having that practice time at the Dome.
The Seahawks defeated The Villages 54-30 on Tuesday, to advance to the title game on Wednesday against Chipley.
South Walton trailed most of the game, not taking the lead until the fourth quarter.
"We pulled it out," Logan said. "We're definitely a second half team."
"Everyone turned it up a notch," the second half. "It was all in or all out ... definitely nerve wrecking."
Logan said even her dad, Kevin, admitted to his hands sweating during the game.
Logan scored four points in the championship game.
"I'm still kind of speechless," she said Thursday afternoon after the team arrived back in Santa Rosa Beach.
"We definitely worked for it."