The Seahawk boys varsity basketball team got back on winning ways last week, downing Aucilla Christian on Thursday before falling to North Bay Haven at senior Night Friday.
The Hawks won 47-41 at Aucilla, but Coach Mike Sweatt said it was a mixed picture.
“In the Aucilla game we had the worst first half of the year, scoring just seven points and shooting two-for-20 from the field,” he said. “Then we had one of our best all-around second halves of the year shooting 13 for 16 from the field and outscoring them 40-23.
The team was down 18-7 at the half. “The good thing about the first half is we never blamed our bad offense and took it out on our defense. We played consistent defense throughout the game,” said Sweatt.
“Recently we have been struggling in the first half, either the first or second quarter and then playing bad defense because we are mad at our poor offense,” he said. “If we could put a full game together then we could compete and beat anybody in our district.”
Junior Kelsey Jones led the team with 15 points and six rebounds, with seven points and eight rebounds from eighth grader Tyler Farmer. Senior Cameron White had six points and six rebounds, while Marshall Sweet, Logan McLeod and Kenneth Wilson each scored five. James Gordon scored three, and Wesley Norred one.
Against North Bay Haven, the Hawks battled back in the third quarter from a halftime deficit, but couldn’t make up enough ground and lost 60-56.
“The North Bay Haven game was very similar to the Aucilla game. We played a poor first half specifically in the second quarter. We had to play catch-up, being down 22-33 at the end of the half. But boy did we come out with the most passion and heart I've seen all year the second half. We just could not get over the hump of one point.”
Sweatt said he thought if the Hawks had jumped ahead they would have seized momentum.
“I think if we could have gained the lead one time we would have ran away with it. We needed one stop and one score at the end of the game and just could not come up with either. So we had to foul and they knocked down both free throws to ice the game.
Sweatt said seniors Cameron White and Wesley Norred played their best all-around games of the season. White had 20 points and 17 rebounds while Norred had 16 points and five rebounds, including three straight treys in the second half.
Junior Kelsey Jones did not play due to an injury. “This was an impact on the team being he is our leading scorer with 16 points a game and best post defender. But all the team stepped up with his absence and although we came up short I was very proud to call myself a Seahawk that Senior Night. I felt a lot of pride in our team and our fans. The fans were as excited and supportive that I've seen since I've been here,” he said.
Honroed at half time were senior cheerleaders Ashley Carroll and Marlyn Lee, and Hawks Cameron White, Wesley Norred, Logan McLeod, Mercury Wynn and James Gordon.
Sweatt extended his thanks to Sherry and Michael White, Teresa Ann Martin, Jimmy Gander, Pam Shiver, George Thompson, Pam Byrd, David Hinton, Centennial Bank, Sign Design, and Lawnscapes by Michael White, LLC for making Senior Night a night to remember.