After dropping six games in a row, the South Walton Seahawks collected a 56-25 win over the visiting Rutherford Rams of Panama City in girl’s varsity basketball action.
Although the Seahawks got the win, Coach Kevin Craig said his team seemed off.
“It was very odd … seemed like we were very flat,” Craig said. “Don’t know if it was because we’re not in school or a 4 o’clock game, but they seemed flat. But I’m happy for them that they won.”
The Seahawks are coming off a six-game losing streak.
“We’ve never lost six in a row at this school … since I’ve been here,” Craig said.
Nevertheless, Craig said the losses have been to very good teams and they “were in” at least four of them.
In one week the Seahawks lost four games, in three of them they were leading in the fourth quarter and the other they were up at the half.
“So we’ve been in pretty much every game but two,” he said.
As for the game against Rutherford, the Seahawks were not only in it, but they decided to play a little faster and spread it out and shoot some 3s.
In the first quarter, the Seahawks outscored the Rams 17-2. Graesyn Lowry went to the foul line and made four points and then nailed a 3-pointer late in the quarter for the Seahawks. Aiden Collins took the ball up inside for a couple of baskets inside the paint and two free throws. In the last minute, Catherine Coble hit an inside shot and then Hanna Brooks worked her way on the baseline for a bucket and a 17-2 advantage.
In the second, South Walton continued to bury the Rams. In the first couple of minutes, Ellie Wiggins nailed a 3-pointer as did Coble. Lani Warren and Lowery picked up three at the foul line for a 26-2 lead. Rutherford’s Laken Gains finally got a 3-pointer to fall with 3:31 left in the first half. In the last two minutes, Lowry hit a shot from the side and Rutherford scored one more bucket. South Walton led 28-7 at the half.
The Seahawks spread the ball out in the third with Wiggins popping two 3s and Stacia Porter, one. Lowry scored two points down the stretch. Rutherford put up eight points with Gabriella Reynolds scoring six of those.
In the fourth, South Walton turned it up a notch and put up 17 points. Collins hit three baskets inside the paint, while Porter, Sydney Balfanz, Coble and Crystal King-Williamson each put up a bucket. Warren and Wiggins scored from the foul line. South Walton won 56-25.
Scoring in double digits for South Walton were Lowry with 13 points, Collins with 12 and Wiggins with 11.
Reynolds and Gains were the go-to players for the Rams with 10 points each.
The Seahawks, 6-7, will be on the road this week with a district game against the Walton Braves on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re right now gearing up for the district tournament … that’s all that matters,” Craig said. “We’re a very inexperienced team. If we just keep them all healthy we’ll be alright. They are all great kids and they play so hard.”