Destin girls finish strong with running-clock victory over Ruckel in basketball

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

The Destin Lady Marlins scored early and often to post a 37-12 win over the visiting Ruckel Rams in girls middle school basketball action Thursday night at Regatta Bay. 

“We jumped on them early with our press,” said Destin Coach Susie Pierce.  

"Our quickness and our defense I think just had them scattered and frustrated. We got a lot of steals,” Pierce said. 

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In the first quarter, Destin took a 14-4 lead with Carson Fayard putting up eight points. Ellanie Wolford, Riley Palmer and Anabelle Shackelford each scored two for Destin.  

The Destin Lady Marlins finished the season 12-2 and second in the county in girls middle school basketball action. Pryor Middle of Fort Walton Beach finished first.

In the second, Destin continued to bury the Rams outscoring them 11 to 4. Fayard knocked down three baskets and a free throw, while Palmer added four points. Destin led 25-8 at the half. 

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In the third quarter, Destin stretched the lead by 25 points to get a running clock on the game. Fayard scored four more baskets to bring her total for the night to 23 points. Fifth grader Avery Cowles scored four points and Destin led 37-8. 

In the fourth quarter, Ruckel picked up two buckets. Destin won 37-12. 

Destin Coach Susie Pierce chats with the team after their 37-12 victory over Ruckel.

“It was a great finish to the season. It was a wonderful year with these kids,” Pierce said. 

With the win, the Marlins finish up 12-2 and second in the county behind Pryor who had only one loss.