Posted On: 02/15/19 8:44 PM

On Friday night at Plant, Wharton (24-4) avenged a 51-49 loss just over a month ago to the same scrappy Freedom (23-5) group. The two teams split the regular season series as Wharton won the first matchup 73-54.

The Wildcats captured their second straight Class 8A-District 8 title in a convincing 64-34 victory over Freedom.

The win gives Wharton a home region quarterfinal meeting on Thursday with Lakeland, who lost on its home floor 75-66. As for Freedom, the Patriots will travel to Bartow.

Before all the victory chants and smiles from Wharton, the Wildcats made sure that there was aggression and purpose played with early on.

Wharton took a 20-7 lead into the second quarter and kept a double-digit a

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