The hustle was there, just not the shots.
The Destin Lady Marlins lost 35-14 to the visiting Pryor Pirates in the season opener of middle school basketball action Monday night.
“I don’t think we got out hustled, we just weren’t making the shots,” said Destin Coach Ben Kackley.
“We would get to the line, but we didn’t knock down the shots.”
Destin was two of 17 from the free-throw line.
When it was all said and done, “they made shots and we didn’t,” Kackley said. As a matter of fact, Gabrielle Brown scored 19 of the points for the Pirates.
The Pirates were getting second and third shots at the goal and Destin didn’t.
“My team is young and we were rotating about seven players. They got worn down.”
Pryor jumped out to an early 12-4 lead. Brown tossed in a pair of 3-pointers, while Mersaydee Harris, Miranda Brown-Hogans and Daisah Cruz each scored two points.
Scoring two points each for Destin in the first quarter were Elizabeth Stepp and Aurienne Rawls.
In the second quarter, Pryor continued to outscore the Marlins for a 20-9 lead at the half. Kennedi Laughlin scored a basket and a free throw for Destin and Madeline Kelley hit a basket.
In the second half, the Pirates dominated outscoring the Marlins 15-4.
“They wanted to make a play so bad, but then they would make little mistakes,” Kackley said. “We got a lot of traveling calls.”
Up next for the Lady Marlins is a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday at Lewis Middle School in Valparaiso.