South Walton holds on for win over Braves

Coble hits 1,000-point benchmark, headed toward school record

Tina Harbuck
South Walton's Allee Coble looks to pass the ball inside against the Walton County Braves during Tuesday's varsity basketball game. Coble scored 16 points, putting her over 1,000 points as her career as a Seahawk, in the 50-47 victory. [TINA HARBUCK/THE SUN]

Not only did the South Walton Seahawks post a 50-47 victory over the Walton County Braves Tuesday night at home, but senior Allee Coble put up 16 points, putting her over 1,000 points for her career as a Seahawk.

Coble needed 15 points going in to Tuesday’s game to hit the benchmark, but with two shots in the final seconds from the foul line she surpassed 1,000 by one point.

“I’ve been working towards it since freshman year. I’m blessed,” Coble said outside the locker room.

The record at South Walton is held by Taylor Griffith with 1,020 points.

With four regular season games left, Coble has a good chance of surpassing the record.

“I’ve got a chance, we’ll see, knock on wood,” she said.

When asked what shot works best for her, Coach Kevin Craig, who was standing near by, said in jest, “the one that goes in.”

Coble said that’s a fair answer.

However, on Tuesday Coble hit a little bit of everything. She made seven of nine from the free-throw line, one 3-pointer and three field goals for a total of 16 points.

The win didn’t come without a struggle.

“It was a nip and tuck game. They’ve got a very good team,” Craig said. “They’re a much quicker than us and they did a good job against the stuff we do.”

Walton hit four 3s in the first half, which put them on top at the break 24-21.

“We just didn’t shoot it well,” Craig said.

But in the second half, the Seahawks went man-to-man and put up eight straight.

“The kids really gutted it out,” Craig said.

Coble started and ended the eight-point run. She made two free throws, then Gracie Ricci, who was high-point player for the Seahawks with 19 points, knocked down a 3-pointer. Seconds later, Aiden Collins drew a foul and hit the first of two tries, and then Coble hit a basket for a 29-24 lead.

Walton didn’t waste any time and answered with six points with Brittanie Collinsworth leading the effort. In the last three minutes, Collins hit another free throw, Coble drained a 3-pointer and Allison Richards hit one from the paint in the final seconds. However, in those final minutes, Walton’s Camryn Johnson put up six points of her own and Walton led 36-34 going into the final stanza.

Walton’s Macy Danley scored first on a take away to start the fourth quarter. South Walton answered with Ricci swishing her second 3-pointer of the night and Coble put a rebound back for two points. Seconds later, Ricci hit a jumper and then on an inbounds pass Coble put it on the glass for two points and a 43-38 lead.

Walton hit a free throw, and then Ricci nailed another 3-pointer. Walton’s Izaiah Williams drew a foul and made both shots. A minute later Danley nailed a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game with a minute left to play.

With 43 seconds left on the clock, Coble was fouled and made both shots. Walton took the ball down and Collinsworth knocked down a 3-pointer and immediately called a time out with 11 ticks left on the clock.

Forced to foul, Walton put the Seahawks' Ricci on the line and she made both shots. Walton went down and tried to get off a 3-pointer but failed. South Walton won it 50-47.

“I was really proud of our kids that were on the floor,” Craig said. “Gracie Ricci and Allee Coble hit some big free throws.”

Craig also noted the play of Allison Richards and Aiden Collins.

South Walton and Walton will meet again next Friday in DeFuniak Springs. Game time is 6 p.m.