Once they settled in, the South Walton Seahawks blasted the visiting Arnold Marlins 62-27 in girls' basketball action Tuesday evening in Santa Rosa Beach.
“It’s the first game we’ve had like this in awhile,” said South Walton Coach Kevin Craig.
Last week the Seahawks had a couple of tough contest coming off a holiday weekend.
“I thought we were sluggish, but we did what we were supposed to do,” Craig said.
On Jan. 12, the Seahawks beat Holmes County 64-61 and then turned around and defeated Baker 60-49 a day later.
But on Tuesday this week, they took the Arnold Marlins to task, putting them away every quarter.
“It was good everybody got to play,” Craig said.
Leading the Seahawk effort was Savannah Slade with 17 points, followed by Allee Coble with 16. Gracie Ricci also hit double digits with 10 points. All in all, 10 Seahawks put points on the scoreboard.
To start, Ricci scored on an assist from Coble then Devany Beard put one on the glass for two points. Arnold closed the gap with a 3-pointer from Destini Washington, but Coble hit back-to-back shots to go up 8-3. Azaria George knocked down a 3-pointer for the Marlins for a two-point game. South Walton answered with a trey from Hayley Seible followed by a jumper from Slade to double the lead. By the end of the quarter, South Walton led 19-12.
In the second quarter, the Seahawks scored 12 straight before the Marlins got a shot to fall. Leading the charge for the Seahawks were Slade and Coble, with Ricci putting up two along the way. In the last two minutes, Arnold scored two baskets before Slade finished out the half with a jump shot and a 33-16 lead.
To start the third quarter, Ricci drained a 3-pointer to get things rolling. Arnold scored, then Ricci hit another jumper and Slade followed up with an inside shot. The Marlins knocked down a 3-pointer and a basket before the Seahawks went on a 10-point run to finish the period. South Walton led 50-23.
In the fourth quarter, Craig gave every Seahawk playing time and they continued to outscore the Marlins 12-4. Ellie Wiggins nailed a 3-pointer and free throw, Courtney Chesser and Ciera Rowland each scored two points, Meghan Lowry hit two free throws, while Ricci hit one from the line.
Up next for the Seahawks is a 5:45 p.m. game Friday at home against the Northview Chiefs, then they travel to Ponce de Leon on Monday for a 6:30 p.m. game.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Craig said.
“Everything we’re doing now is geared toward the post season and who we have to beat.”
The district tournament begins Jan. 30 in Chipley.