Poor play on the side of the South Walton Seahawks resulted in a 69-43 loss to the Holmes County Blue Devils in the Class 1A Regional Semifinals Tuesday night in Bonifay.
Holmes County advances to the Regional Finals to take on the Chipley Tigers. The winner gets a ticket to the Final Four.
On Tuesday, the Seahawks struggled on the floor.
“It was a capsule of our entire season,” said South Walton Coach Kevin Craig. “We had poor ball handling, poor decision making and a lot of missed layups.”
The Seahawks hung with the Blue Devils in the first quarter, only trailing 8-5 at the buzzer.
Even at the start of the second, South Walton closed it down to a two-point game in the first minute, but then Holmes County started launching away. Lenibel Concepcion drained back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a fast-break layup by Cierra Davis. Hannah Prescott finished up the run with a shot from underneath and a free throw for a 20-7 Blue Devil lead.
South Walton answered with a basket from Casey Perot, who led the team with 11 points and a free throw from her sister Mackenzie. Mackenzie finished up the night with nine points.
In the last two minutes of the period, Holmes County pressed and South Walton struggled to get the ball past half court. The Blue Devils on the other hand put up 13 points, with Concepcion knocking down three more 3s. Holmes County led 34-17 at the half.
In the third quarter, South Walton had a short-lived run with Eliza Langille, Francette Warren and Mackenzie Perot each scoring two points. Holmes broke the run with an inside shot from Concepcion. In the last three minutes, Holmes pulled away with Concepcion hitting a couple of 3-point bombs, bringing her total on 3s to seven for the game and 26 points for the game. The Blue Devils led 52-30 at the end of three.
Holmes County spent a lot of time at the foul line in the fourth quarter, making 10 of 15 tries. South Walton scored 13 points for the quarter, and Holmes finished up with 17 and the win.
With the loss, the Seahawks finished up 14-14.
“This was such a roller coaster year,” Craig said. “They played hard … they just never jelled. We had a lot of inexperience at the guard position.
“And we played the toughest schedule, I’ve played in my 32 years” for this level, Craig said. “But they didn’t back down.”