Paxton Bobcats defeat Seahawks

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South Walton's Dylan Herbert passes one inside past Paxton's Hunter Allen's efforts to block. TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG

PAXTON — With three players in double digits, Paxton defeated the South Walton 57-30 in the first round of the 2016 Cats Against Cancer holiday basketball tournament in Paxton on Friday night.

The Bobcats were led by senior Zach Varnum with 16 points, followed by freshman Connor Varnum with 13 and senior Garrett Bodie with 11.

“We started off good in the first quarter,” said Paxton Coach Jeff Bradley.

The Bobcats reeled off 12 points before the Seahawks could get a shot to fall. By the end of the first period, Paxton was on top 14-4.

In the second quarter, South Walton found a little bit of rhythm and got their long shots to fall with Cade Rowland nailing a 3-pointer and Tyler Gibbs hitting a 3-pointer and a long jumper. Paxton led 20-12 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Bobcats outscored South Walton 18-11 and then put the game away in the fourth tossing in 19 points to South Walton’s seven.

“In the second half we pressured them and got some turnovers. We got them out of their rhythm,” Bradley said.

Seahawks Coach Dwight Kennedy said a lack of defense hurt his team.

“We had a lot of missed shots. As you can see, one game we’re hot and the next we’re cold. The kids have to continue to keep pushing. We can’t go back to just lying down,” Kennedy added.