The Destin Marlins jumped out to a 12-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back, beating the Meigs Wildcats 41-13 in girl’s middle school basketball action in Shalimar Thursday night.

“We were really flat the first half and then in the second half we came out and was much more aggressive,” said Destin Coach Susie Pierce.

After stepping out to a 14-2 advantage in the first quarter, the Marlins slacked up a bit in the second quarter with Meigs putting up seven points for a 19-9 game at the half.

In the third quarter, it was all Destin. Ava Smith made a steal and then passed off to Gysel Nohrenberg for the score. Seconds later, Smith put a rebound back for two points. Midway of the period, Anna Kimball went to the line and hit both tries. Nohrenberg scored another bucket, before Kimball hit two baskets from underneath, one on an assist from Smith. In the final seconds, Carson Fayard hit an outside shot for a 33-9 Marlin lead.

In the fourth, Meigs scored first before Destin put up eight straight. Jessica Pierce hit a long shot, Kimball put a rebound back for two points and then Kendall Hewitt hit a jump shot. Kimball scored the last Marlin goal off a rebound. Meigs made one last shot in the final two minutes.

“It was a good first game back … I’m very pleased with it,” Pierce said.

Destin was led by Kimball with 16 points. Fayard scored six and Nohrenberg five.

Up next for Destin is a 6 p.m. Tuesday at Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach.