Lady Marlins drop a close one in season opener

Tina Harbuck

After spotting the visiting Bruner Spartans 12 points in the first quarter, the Destin Marlins rallied in the next three but still came up just a bit short losing their season opener 30-29 in middle school girls basketball action Thursday evening.

“I thought we were ready, but we have a lot to work on,” said Destin Coach Kersten Bowman.

“The man-to-man defense really took us for a loop and it took a little bit to get into the groove, but once we did I felt like we did a good job,” Bowman said.

Bruner came out in the first quarter and put up 12 points with Jazyah Jarbee-Alford scoring seven points and Moni Fletcher tossing in five. Destin made several shots at the goal but couldn’t get anything to fall.

In the second quarter, Destin finally found its groove and put up 12 points of their own, while holding Bruner to four. Maya Sherwood scored two baskets and two free throws for six points, while Taylor Klosterman nailed a 3-pointer and a jump shot for five total. Sam Sherer picked up the other point from the free-throw line for 16-12 game at the half.

In the third, Sherer drove the ball inside for three quick baskets. She also drew a couple of fouls taking it hard to the goal, making two free throws. Klosterman added the other Destin point and the Marlins still trailed 28-21 at the end of the period.

In the fourth, both teams struggled to score in the first three minutes. Destin finally got the scoring started when Klosterman hit her second 3-pointer of the evening for a four-point game. About a minute later, Sherer drew a foul and made the second of two tries for a 28-25 game. Bruner took the ball down and scored a two-pointer to widen the gap.

In the last minute of play, Destin’s Klosterman hit a long shot up the middle and Sherer, who finished with 12 points, hit a layup for a 30-29 finish.

“We really came back,” Bowman said.

“We played with a lot of heart and we hustled a 110 percent. I couldn’t be prouder for the first game.”

Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game on Tuesday at home against the Lewis Falcons.