Seahawks lose a close one to the Braves

John Woolf

South Walton’s John Woolf tries to push the ball inside past Walton’s Levico Thompson. Woolf was top scorer for South Walton with 14 points.

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 04:56 PM.

It was a battle to the end, but the Walton County Braves of the north finished on top 64-60 over the South Walton Seahawks in varsity boys basketball action Tuesday night in Santa Rosa Beach.

"It's the little things that win ball games like this," said South Walton Coach John Davies. "We both played pretty good D, we both played pretty good offense. We both hit some shots and we both got some rebounds.

"It's that made layup versus a missed layup or a made free throw versus a missed free throw … that adds up. It's that margin in games like this."

South Walton made 20 of 33 shots from the free-throw line while Walton hit one of three tries.

The Seahawks came out strong taking an early 15-7 lead in the first six minutes. South Walton's Wyatt Kemper was fouled and hit both tries from the line, and John Woolf dumped off a shot inside the paint for a 4-0 start. Walton's Nitro Gee put the Braves on the board with a layup. The scoring went back and forth with Woolf and Vinnie Ciurleo scoring for the Hawks and Gee and Quentine Stuckey scoring for the Braves. South Walton's Woolf popped a 3-pointer and Paxton Dixon knocked down two free throws followed by an inside shot for the last lead the Hawks would have.

In the last two minutes of the first quarter, the Braves went on the warpath and put up 14-unanswered points to take a 21-15 lead.

In the second quarter, the Hawks kept pace with the Braves and closed the gap to within one point late in the period on a put-back basket and a free throw from Kemper. Walton finished up the first half with baskets from Raheem Phillips, Gee and Alex Campbell and a 37-30 advantage.

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