South Walton puts Paxton away

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South Walton's Hayley Seible fires off one of her six 3-pointers against the Paxton Bobcats in tournament action. TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG

PAXTON – After a rough start, South Walton’s Hayley Seible made it rain from the outside knocking down six 3-pointers to lead the South Walton Seahawks to a 63-37 win over the Paxton Bobcats on the first day of the 2016 Cats Against Cancer holiday tournament.

“Hayley had a bad start and I yanked her out, but then she came back strong,” said South Walton Coach Kevin Craig of his senior guard Seible. “I was really pleased with her.”

“I thought our starting five played very well,” Craig added, noting the performance of Allee Coble, Savannah Slade, Gracie Ricci and Sieble. “We’ve got a lot of depth on the team.”

And he’s not scared to put anybody on the floor.

In the first half he played 10 players and 11 in the second.

But the difference in the game was defense.

“I thought our defense was really good. You don’t get many rims at Paxton,” he said.

To start, Paxton got on the board first with a 3-pointer from Kristen Corbett. After that it was all South Walton as the Seahawks reeled off 13 unanswered points. Coble and Slade each tossed in four points for the Seahawks, while Ricci knocked down a 3-pointer.

In the second quarter, South Walton continued to outscore the Bobcats 18-14. Seible was hot around the perimeter knocking down three 3s, while Slade made the inside shot for two points. The Bobcats' Katie Sebastian drilled a couple of 3s and Corbett hit her second trey of the game. South Walton led 31-17 at the half.

In the third quarter, South Walton put up 16 points to Paxton’s 10 with six players putting points on the board.

The Seahawks finished off the game outscoring the Bobcats 16-11 in the fourth quarter.

Scoring in double figures for South Walton was Seible with 18 and Slade with 16.

The Bobcats were led by Sebastian with 15 points, including three 3s.