Lady basketballers vanquish Vikings for first time

South Walton girls

South Walton's Eve Heffron, Morgan Kennedy and Katie Trejo close in on Fort Walton's Mercedez Claybrone in the first half of play. South Walton won the varsity girls basketball game 58-46.

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 04:09 PM.

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."

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