Meigs Wildcats press Destin Marlins for win

Tina Harbuck

 The Meigs Wildcats turned up the pressure on the Destin Marlins for a 57-19 win in middle school boys basketball action Monday night in Destin.

From beginning to end, the Wildcats pressed the Marlins causing turnovers for quick layups.

To start, Meigs got on the board first with a layup from Turrion McGowan, who finished up the night with 17 points. Seconds later, Kybert McGlothin dumped in a basket. Destin got on the board with a fast-break layup from Jamison Brundidge, who was high-point player for the Marlins with seven points. McGowan answered with a 3-pointer and then Kobe Babin was fouled and hit both shots from the line for Destin. Meigs scored three consecutive baskets off rebounds and turnovers to go up 13-4. In the last minute of the period, Babin hit a free throw and Charles Pearson hit a layup, while Meigs hit three free throws for a 16-7 advantage.

In the second quarter, Meigs turned it up a notch and buried the Marlins. The Wildcats reeled off 16 straight points with four players putting points on the board on turnovers and putback shots. Lincoln Studley and Roland Clay each hit two baskets, McGowan scored three baskets and Max Keebaugh scored one.

Destin finally got a shot to fall with Brundidge taking it inside with 3:23 to go in the first half. Meigs, however, went on another run putting up eight consecutive points. Charles Pearson put a rebound back for a Destin basket and then Meigs’ Kelley Cary hit a 3-pointer. With time ticking down, Destin’s Brundidge let one fly from beyond midcourt to drain a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Destin trailed 43-14 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Wildcats scored early to start a running clock on the game with a 30-point advantage. Still pressing, the Wildcats made steals for layups and eight straight points. Destin’s Benton Henderson hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds for a 51-17 game.

In the fourth, Meigs scored six points to Destin’s two. CJ McGowan scored the lone goal for Destin.

Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game Wednesday in Niceville against the Ruckel Rams.