SoWal stretches win streak to 11 after marquee wins over Rutherford, Paxton

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PAXTON — Last week's dose of redemption against Rutherford (16-3) was a statement for the South Walton girls basketball program.

Kevin Craig's retirement tour rolled on with Tuesday's 33-29 victory at Paxton, a juggernaut who entered the night 17-2.

It was the Seahawks' second win of the season over the Bobcats, the previous matchup resulting in a 61-48 victory on Nov. 18th at the Hawks Nest.

South Walton head coach Kevin Craig calls out a play during the Crestview South Walton girls basketball game at Crestview. Craig is retiring after the season.
South Walton head coach Kevin Craig calls out a play during the Crestview South Walton girls basketball game at Crestview. Craig is retiring after the season.

Katie Tusa dropped a team-best 11 points, Emma Hawk added seven points and Olivia McLaughlin grabbed a game-high eight boards for the Seahawks, who improved to 14-1.

Following a rout over North Bay Haven on Thursday, the Seahawks have now won 11 straight and haven't lost since a fluke 63-37 defeat at Rutherford on Dec. 3.

Credit the depth. Credit the defensive intensity. Credit Hawk, Tusa, McLaughlin and Ava Beckett trading high-point totals nightly.

Or credit the urgency from the retirement tour of Craig, who nearly has 900 wins to go along with three state championships and nine Final Four appearances.

Whatever the formula is, it's working for a state title contender who's outscoring foes 60-32 per game on the season.

Up next for the Seahawks is Friday's trip to Bozeman (9-7).

Follow sports editor Seth Stringer on twitter at @SethSnwfdn.

This article originally appeared on Northwest Florida Daily News: South Walton girls basketball beats Paxton for second time, improves to 14-1

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