Destin's Carson Fayard leads Marlin attack over Bruner Spartans for 45-19 win

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

Carson Fayard fired up the nets for 28 points to lead the Destin Lady Marlins in a 45-19 victory over the Bruner Spartans in middle school basketball action. 

Not only did Fayard make nine baskets, she was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. 

“That’s good at any level … any gender, it doesn’t matter,” said Destin Coach Susie Pierce. 

Destin pretty much dominated on both ends of the court. 

Destin's Carson Fayard takes aim from the free-throw line. Fayard made 10 of 11 from the line against the Bruner Spartans. Destin won 45-19.

Pierce noted that Bruner had some COVID issues and were missing some of their best players. 

“It was a little tricky. We were trying to do a little pressure but not too much pressure … trying to find that balance between sportsmanship and competing,” she said. 

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So, she was able to give all the players some valuable minutes on the floor. 

“I’m proud of the girls. They stepped up and played really well.” 

Destin's Alayna McCoy pulls down the rebound and looks to pass the ball out. McCoy made a pair of free throws late in the game for the Destin Marlins in their 45-19 win over Bruner.

Destin jumped out to a 10-2 start in the first quarter with Fayard dropping in six points and Riley Palmer adding the other four. 

In the second, the Lady Marlins continued to take it to the Spartans. Fayard drew a foul and hit both shots, then made a steal for a quick layup. Seconds later, Fayard got fouled and hit both shots again for a 16-2 lead. Bruner scored a couple of baskets, then Fayard drew another foul hitting both shots. In the last four minutes of the first half, Destin’s Fayard scored five points and Ashlyn Priest, two.

Destin led 25-7 at the break. 

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In the third, Destin continued to dominate with Fayard, Priest and Palmer putting points on the board for a 34-13 advantage. 

Destin's Anabelle Shackelford pushes the ball past a Bruner Spartan. Shackelford scored four points in the 45-19 victory.

In the fourth, Destin’s Anabelle Shackelford scored four, Fayard three, and Avery Cowels and Alayna McCoy two each.  

Up next for Destin is a 5 p.m. game on Feb. 3 at Pryor Middle School in Fort Walton Beach.