South Walton pulls down another district win

Tina Harbuck

With three players in double digits, the South Walton Seahawks secured their fourth district win with a 48-38 victory over the visiting Northview Chiefs in boys varsity basketball Thursday evening.

Randall Hall led the Seahawks (4-6 overall, 4-0 in the district) with 16 points, followed by Tyler Gibbs with 14, and Gabriel Reeves with 13.

In the first quarter, the Seahawks took a 14-9 lead with Hall and Reeves working the outside perimeter for two 3-pointers each.

At the start of the second, Northview scored to close it to a three-point game, the closest they would come the remainder of the game. South Walton answered with a nine-point run. Gibbs hit a long shot, followed up by a drive to the basket by Hall. Gibbs swished a 3-pointer and then came back with a shot from the paint for a 23-11 lead. Northview’s Neikel Robinson, who was top scorer for the Chiefs with 15 on the night, hit an inside shot. South Walton scored one more from underneath, before Robinson hit a pair of free throws and a layup. South Walton led 25-17 at the half.

In the third quarter, South Walton stayed a couple of steps ahead of the Chiefs pulling away by as many as 12. Hall drove the lane for a basket, hit a 3-pointer and a freethrow for the Seahawks, while Reeves went to the line making three of four shots for a 34-25 advantage at the buzzer.

South Walton maintained the point spread in the fourth, outscoring Northview 14-13. Gibbs made a couple of baskets and three freethrows to lead the effort.

For the game, South Walton was 10 of 15 from the foul line, while Northview made five of 10.

• In varsity girls basketball, the South Walton Seahawks blasted Northview 68-17.

South Walton dominated from the start stepping out to a 45-7 lead in the first half.

Top scorer for the Seahawks was Savannah Slade with 26 points. Gracie Ricci hit double digits with 10 points.

Devany Beard pulled down eight rebounds for the Seahawks, while Megan O’Neal pulled down six and had 11 assists.

With the win the Lady Seahawks move to 15-0 overall and 6-0 in the district.