Payback time - Veteran Seahawks say season begins now as they make a shot at state

Senior Seahawks

Senior Seahawks from left are Tayler Menard, Morgan Kennedy, Eve Heffron and Kati Trejo.

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

It may be their 28th game this season, but for the South Walton Seahawk seniors, it's like their season begins Tuesday when they take the floor in the Regional Semifinals of the Florida High School Athletic Association Girls Class 1A Basketball Championships. The Seahawks, 21-6, will host Cottondale in a 7 p.m. game Feb. 12.

"I think we are starting our season now," said point guard Morgan Kennedy.

"Districts wasn't that huge of a victory," said Eve Heffron. "It was more of a stepping stone to get to where we want to be. It was more about keeping our focus."

The Seahawks dominated on the court last week when they blasted the Port St. Joe Sharks 54-19 in the championship game of the District 4 1-A Girls Basketball Tournament.

With the win, the girls advance to the state playoffs and earn a chance for a little payback.

"This is a chance for us to exorcise a demon that's been in our past," said South Walton Coach Kevin Craig. Three years ago, the Cottondale Hornets beat the Seahawks and knocked them out of a chance of advancing in the state playoffs.

"They had a good team and they took it to us," Craig said. "We were 15-0 in the district that year ... and we didn't go anywhere."

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