Monday night was the night.
From the moment most South Walton players and fans walked in the gym door Monday night, they pretty much knew “for sure” that senior guard Allee Coble was going to etch her name in Seahawk history for scoring the most points.
And it only took about three minutes of playing time before Coble eclipsed the standing record of 1,020 points scored by Taylor Griffith, who graduated in 2008.
After she drained a 3-pointer against Lighthouse Academy to put her at 1,021, South Walton Coach Kevin Craig immediately called a timeout and the announcement was made that Coble had set a new bar for the Seahawks. By the end of the night, she had upped that number to 1,029.
“I’m really happy for Allee,” Craig said outside the locker room following Monday’s game. “She’s worked hard.
"Four year's she's been here and she's been very very consistent. She's never had a bad game, just some games are better than others. She's just very consistent."
And the consistency paid off. Coble hit the 1,000-point benchmark last week when the Seahawks edged out the Walton County Braves 50-47.
Over the weekend she picked up a few points in the win over Pensacola Catholic and on Monday all she needed was eight points to surpass the standing record.
“I just wanted my 1,000 points,” said Coble, the 18-year-old daughter of Chip and Amy Coble. “The school scoring record wasn’t really on my mind.”
But with the All Time Leading Scorers board posted beside the concession stand listing the top 12 Lady Seahawks “it became a thing. I’ve got 1,000 points … might as well,” she said.
Griffith, the previous record holder for the most points, was in attendance at Monday’s game.
Although Griffith has held the record for 10 years, she never thought it would hold this long.
Nevertheless, she was glad to be there Monday to watch it fall.
“I’m proud it’s her. She’s a great player and fun to watch,” Griffith said of Coble.
Griffith said she has watched a handful of games each year and has enjoyed watching Coble.
She has even gotten the chance to play against Coble in Coach Craig’s yearly Has Been vs. Will Be game, where he invites past Seahawks to come in and play his upcoming team.
“I’ve played against her in the Has Been game, she’s a great player,” Griffith said.
When Griffith was in the lineup for the Seahawks, she said her best shot was the 3-pointer.
Coble, on the other hand, said the 3-pointer is her worst.
“I shot zero my freshman year,” Coble said.
But she still found a way to get on the board.
“Post ups are usually my best shot,” she said.
However, Coble said she would have never reached the 1,000-plus points without her teammates.
“I have the best teammates in the entire world and I play for the Coach Kevin Craig. There’s a reason he’s in the hall of fame,” Coble said. “They feed me the ball all the time, for sure. I’ve been playing with Gracie (Ricci) for 10 years, and everybody else since middle school.
“Honesty, I love the game and I love being able to compete,” Coble said. “But this week has been a big week and I’ve accomplished a lot … very thankfully. But the best thing that happened this week was that my 5 and 6 year old rec ball team won their first game.”
For the past four years Coble has coached a youth basketball team in the rec league at Emerald Coast Middle School.
“My biggest accomplishment this week has been them winning, because it’s inspiring another generation to love the game that I love," she said. “When I put the ball down after this year … to know that I helped the next generation is pretty big … for sure.”