CRESTVIEW — Two girls basketball teams in rebuilding mode, Choctawhatchee and Crestview, squared off in their season opener at the Crestview High School gym Tuesday night.
At night's end it looked as if the Indians, who played for the Class 6A championship last season, are a little further along than the Bulldogs.
Powered by senior guard Brittany Washington's 16 points the Indians rolled to a 49-34 win over the Bulldogs.
The Indians (1-0) jumped to a quick 7-0 lead to open the game and never looked back.
Choctaw was up 11-2 at the end of the first quarter as five different players scored.
Gabrielle Brown opened the scoring with a 3-pointer for the Indians on what was her only basket of the night.
Brown's score was followed by a free throw from Shavonna Spaw. A basket by Spaw and a free throw by Washington.
The Bulldogs (0-1) finally got on the scoreboard with 3:17 left in the first quarter on a pair of free throws by Lakayla Robinson.
Choctaw extended the lead to 22-10 at the half behind the strong post play of Nadia Fingall.
Crestview got a second-quarter boost from Nyquala Collins who scored all six of her points in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs were only outscored by the Indians by three points in second half; A large part Crestview's success was thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by KK McTear in the third quarter and an 11-point explosion by Arianna Simms in the fourth quarter.
In the end staying close in the second half wasn't enough for the Bulldogs to overcome their slow start.
Choctaw coach Don Brown was satisfied with what he considered a typical first game.
"We didn't get to play any preseason games," he said. "We just had the opportunity to scrimmage against our own selves so it was good to get out here and play. We've been working all summer for this moment and it is finally here.
"We have a long ways to go. We are young, but we are going to keep working trying to get better."
Washingtonwas the only Indian in double figures. Spaw chipped in seven points and Tasharah Sanders added 6 points.
McTear was the leading scorer for Crestview with 12 points. Simms added 11 points.
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.