Lady Marlins fall short against Pryor Pirates

Tina Harbuck

Playing against last year’s seasoned county champs, the Destin Marlins succumbed to the Pryor Pirates 53-20 in girls middle school basketball action Thursday night in Fort Walton Beach.

“We played a hard team tonight,” said Destin Coach Kersten Bowman.

“They were fast, they ran the floor … we saw a bunch of stuff we haven’t seen before,” she said.

“But they (the Marlins) played hard from the beginning.”

Pryor scored first with Ladariena Claybrone hitting back-to-back baskets. Destin’s Avery Pohl scored first for the Marlins on a put-back basket. Pryor answered with a 3-pointer from K.K. Brown, her first of four on the night. Alex Becker scored for the Pirates and then Maya Sherwood hit a layup for the Marlins. Brown came back with two 3s to give the Pirates a 15-4 boost. Destin’s Sam Sherer scored on a layup and Pryor hit for five more points for a 20-6 lead at the buzzer.

In the second quarter, Destin hung with the Pirates scoring nine points to their 13. Sherwood hit two baskets for Destin, while Sherer made a basket and a free throw, and Mae Genobili hit two free throws. The Pirates were led by Marissa Brown with five points. Pryor led 33-15 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Pirates came out strong putting up nine consecutive points. Destin finished up the period with Sherwood making the second of two tries from the line, and Taylor Klosterman making a steal for a layup followed by a shot from the field.

Early in the fourth period, Pryor pulled ahead by 30 points to start a running clock on the game. Pryor scored 11 points with Vicky Perdue leading the way with seven points, while Destin went scoreless for the quarter.

For the game, Sherwood led Destin with seven points, while Sherer hit four five.

Tops for Pryor were Brown and Becker with 12 points each. Perdue scored 11.

Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Destin defeated the Lewis Falcons 43-23.

Sherwood was tops for Destin with 20 points. Sherer hit double digits with 13 points as did Klosterman with 10.

“The girls did a wonderful job hustling,” Bowman said of the game against Lewis.

“We worked the ball around the perimeter and drove to the basket hard. Taylor Klosterman played amazing defense in a box in one on Lewis's star player. We were able to shut her down and take a solid lead.”

Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game Monday at home against the Meigs Wildcats.