Vikings cruise past Bulldogs

Crestview girls basketball

Crestview's Kerrie York, left, reaches in against Fort Walton Beach's Deosha Walker

Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Before Friday night’s District 2-6A tilt against Crestview, Fort Walton Beach coach Holly McDaniel asked to see a little aggression from her team.

 Judging by the Vikings’ 35 free throw attempts in a 70-36 win, it’s safe to say the message was received.

“That’s what we’ve talked about for the past two days and I thought they delivered that tonight,” said McDaniel, whose team improved to 12-5 and 5-2 in district play.

 The Vikings (12-5, 5-2) hit 23 of those attempts from the charity stripe, where Mercedez Clayborne might as well have set up camp. The 5-foot-11 junior shot 11 for 16 from the line as part of team-leading 19-point, 11-rebound effort, with seven of those boards coming on the offensive end.

“I was really proud of the way she offensively rebounded and defensively as well,” McDaniel. “She really got to the basket and didn’t settle.”

But Clayborne wasn’t the only standout on an offense that shot 47 percent from the floor and buried seven 3-pointers.

 Katie O’Neal added 14 points and a team-best seven assists, Quay McNabb added 10 points, and four players ended up with seven or more points.

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