Marlin basketball teams to have rebuilding year

Tina Harbuck

With only one returning starter between the boys and the girls’ basketball teams at Destin Middle School, it’s going to be a rebuilding year for the Marlins.

Tobias Thompson is the lone returner for the Destin boys.

Nevertheless, Destin Coach Bob Davies is excited about the upcoming season, which tips off next week at home when the Marlins host the Lewis Falcons at 6 p.m. Thursday. The girls take the court first at 5 p.m.

“The effort has been great and they have worked hard all summer,” Davies said.

The Marlins are young and they have 12 new faces on the team.

“But we’re going to play harder than any other team. We’re going to run like crazy, so we’re going to see what happens,” he said.

The Marlins are not that tall, but not that small either, with Thompson topping out at about 5-foot-11.

“I told the guys the best compliment a basketball player can get is that he plays a lot taller than he really is, and plays bigger than he really is," Davies said. “So we’re working hard to play taller and bigger than we are."

As for the Lady Marlins, they lost all five starters and seven of their first eight from last year.

“We’re going to be young and inexperienced,” said Coach Susie Pierce, who led the team to a second place finish in the county tournament last year.

Although they are young, she has some tall and big players and hopes to capitalize on the inside game.

“I think our inside game is where we will score most of our points,” she said.

Manning that inside game will be Anna Kimball, Ava Smith, Carrington Phillips and Reagan Palmer.

“I’m very optimistic about the season,” Pierce said.