In the second half they didn’t miss.
The Fort Walton Beach went to the line and made 20 of 20 free throws to beat the visiting Lady Cats from Enterprise, Alabama, 48-32 in girl’s varsity basketball action the day before Thanksgiving.
“That’s what separated us,” said Fort Walton Viking Coach Holly McDaniel. “I don’t think we played that great, but the girls hung in there and in the end hitting the free throws is what made the difference.”
Overall, McDaniel said her team needs to find some consistency.
“We gave up a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half. … You can’t give up those second and third chances,” she said.
In the first quarter, both teams got off to a slow start with each putting up only six points.
In the second quarter, the Vikings edged ahead with Jamielyn Jarvis getting a couple of put-back shots and chances from the free-throw line for seven of Fort Walton’s nine points for the period. Fort Walton led 15-13 at the half.
To start the second half, Enterprise came out with Korynn Hill turning in a 3-point play on a shot and foul shot. The Vikings got the advantage back with Saint McLane nailing a couple of outside shots followed by a shot from down under by Jarvis, who led all scorers for the night with 17 points. Enterprise came back with a 3-pointer from Harmony Baker, but again the Vikings answered. Jarvis was fouled and hit both shots and then freshman Sam Sherer, who finished the game with 12 points, nailed a 3-pointer up the middle to extend the Vikings' lead to 26-19. Before the third was over, McLane and Jarvis both went to the line and hit all four tries for a 30-21 game at the buzzer.
In the fourth, Fort Walton’s Tamia Cooper made a couple of inside shots before the Lady Cats put up three consecutive baskets. At that point, the Cats were fouling the Vikings and they were stepping up in a big way. In the fourth quarter alone, Fort Walton was 14 of 14 from the line. Sherer was six for six, Jarvis four for four, while McLane and Alexisa Gilliam each were two for two. Fort Walton walked off the court with a 48-32 victory.
Up next for Fort Walton is a 6 p.m. game at home Tuesday against Arnold of Panama City Beach.