The Destin Marlins took the lead early in the first quarter and never looked back to take a 46-23 win over the visiting Davidson Panthers in girl’s middle school basketball Tuesday evening.

“It was such a good test for us tonight,” said Destin Coach Suzie Pierce.

The Panthers played a fast-paced game putting pressure on the Marlins. However, Destin held their ground and applied the pressure as well.

“Summerlee (Baldwin) ran the point really really well,” Pierce said. “And Carrington (Phillips) came out of the gate in the first quarter and scored six points and Anna (Kimball) just cleaned up the boards."

By the end of the first quarter, Destin was sitting on a 16-9 lead.

In the second, Destin came out with Kimball hitting a couple of inside shots and Ava Smith put a rebound back for two points to give the Marlins a 22-9 advantage.

Davidson scored with 2:37 left in the first half, before Destin reeled off seven straight points. Kimball put a rebound back for two points, and Baldwin drove the ball inside for a bucket and a free throw for the three-point play. Kimball finished up the run with an inside shot. Davidson scored one more bucket in the final second. Destin led 29-13 at the half.

In the third quarter, both teams scored 10 points. Destin got the majority of their points early, while the Panthers made a strong run in the last couple of minutes.

The fourth quarter was all Destin. The Marlins scored seven while holding the Panthers scoreless.

Top scorers for the Marlins were Baldwin with 15 and Kimball 14. Phillips scored six.

Up next for 2-0 Destin Marlins is a 7 p.m. game Nov. 13 at Shoal River in Crestview.