It was coach against past player, small school versus big school.



And in the end, the small school, Class 1A South Walton Seahawks toppled the Class 6A Fort Walton Beach Vikings 58-46 in girls varsity basketball action Tuesday night in Santa Rosa Beach.



"It was a good win for us," said South Walton Coach Kevin Craig.



Craig, who coached at Fort Walton Beach for more than a couple of decades, has been at the helm of the Lady Seahawks for almost 10 years now. While at Fort Walton Beach he coached the Vikings to two state titles along with about a dozen district titles. Holly McDaniel, head coach of the Lady Vikings, was the point guard on Craig's 1994 state championship team.



"This is the first time we've ever beaten them," Craig said. "It's kind of a funny feeling," he said, noting playing against Holly is like playing against family.



The reason Craig schedules the Vikings each year is to get his Seahawks ready for district tournament.



"It's to toughen us," Craig said. "They are a good quality team. Fort Walton is known for being a tough physical team."



The District 4 Class 1-A tournament tips off Tuesday at South Walton High School with the championship game scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 2. Teams making up District 4 include Liberty County, Franklin County, West Gadsden, Port St. Joe, Bozeman, Blountstown and South Walton.



The Seahawks lead the district and drew a bye in the first round. South Walton will play the winner of the Liberty vs. Franklin game at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 1.



As for Tuesday's game against Fort Walton Beach, Craig said, "I'm was pleased with our competitiveness and toughness. They just played basketball.



"Kati Trejo had a great second half," Craig continued. Trejo was high-point player for the game with 18 points, 16 coming in the second half. "And Morgan (Kennedy) and Tayler (Menard) played them with no fear."



To start South Walton got on the board first with a pair of free throws from Menard. Mercedez Claybrone answered with a basket to tie the game. The scoring went back and forth, with the Seahawks trying to take it inside, drawing foul after foul and making six of eight tries. Fort Walton Beach led 11-9 at the buzzer.



In the second quarter, the Seahawks continued to show no fear driving through the lane and picking up fouls. Kennedy and Menard forced the issue picking up three fouls. Fort Walton hit the inside shot to go up 17-14. In the last three minutes, South Walton's Trejo sank a little jumper, then Eve Heffron took it inside for an 18-17 lead. Fort Walton's Quay McNabb put up a quick layup, then South Walton finished the half with a side shot from Mackenzie Perot and a 20-19 advantage.



In the third quarter, the lead swapped hands five times before ending in a 32-32 tie. Menard scored six points, Casey Perot put up four points and Trejo two.



The fourth quarter belonged to the Seahawks. Mackenzie Perot and Trejo hit back-to-back baskets to start. Fort Walton's Katie O'Neal scored two, then South Walton answered with six points. Trejo scored a basket, then Heffron drew a foul and hit both shots. Thirty seconds later, Trejo was at the line for two and a 42-34 lead. For the period, South Walton put up 26 points, with 14 coming from line, to Fort Walton's 14 total points.



For the game, South Walton was led by Trejo with 18 points. Menard scored 12 and Heffron 11. Kennedy scored seven, Mackenzie Perot five, Casey Perot four; and Katie Logan one.



Claybrone led the Vikings with 15 points, followed by Deanndra McLane and O'Neal with nine each.



The Seahawks were 26 of  36 from the free-throw line, while Fort Walton made 10 of 12 tries.



"It was a good win, but it was just one game."