NICEVILLE — The NWF State women cashed in on their second straight Panhandle Conference crown with three first-team All-Panhandle selections and four overall.


It was fitting, really, the fifth-ranked Raiders — ranked tops in the state — closing out the regular season with six straight wins to finish 24-4 overall and 9-3 in league play to edge sixth-ranked Gulf Coast State by a game.


Chanaya Pinto, Rayven Peeples, and Fapou Semebene were named First Team All-Panhandle Conference, while Fort Walton Beach alumna Reneasha Payton earned Second Team honors.


Pinto averages 14.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Peeples, averaging 13.5 points and 6.6 boards, finished the regular season tops in the Panhandle with a shooting percentage of 63.8% from the field, and she was also 11th with 34 blocks.


Semebene is sixth in the conference with 9.4 rebounds per game to accent 10.5 points a night. Payton, averaging 9.4 points per game, converted 84.2% of her free throws for the Raiders and ranks 14th in the league in shooting 36.8% from 3-point range.


The women finished the regular season 24-4 and earned the league’s top seed in the FCSAA/Region VIII State Tournament set for March 4-7 in Raider Arena. Northwest Florida will take on Eastern Florida at 6 p.m. in the first round.


On the men’s side, Marceilles Caston and Seth Millner were tabbed First Team All-Panhandle Conference. Anthony Mason and Jourdan Smith grabbed Second Team accolades.


Caston finished the year with 55 3-pointers, 16th most in the conference. Millner was ninth in shooting 80% from the charity stripe and was sixth in the league averaging 29.8 minutes per game.