CRESTVIEW — It means little in the grand scheme of things, but the Indians finally have some semblance of revenge.

The Choctaw boys basketball team beat Crestview 66-37 on Friday night in Crestview, the two teams meeting for the first time since the Bulldogs stunned the Indians at the TeePee in the Region 1-7A semifinals en route to a state championship.

After building seven-point lead at the half, Choctaw (14-5 overall) cruised in the second half, outscoring Crestview 36-14 for the 29-point victory.

Junior Amarion Pettis led the way for the Indians with a game-high 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting with two assists, a rebound and a steal. Senior guard Torrion McGowan chipped in 10 points and four assists without missing on any of his three field-goal attempts for a Choctaw squad that shot a blistering 55% from the floor.

Meanwhile, freshman Obian Howard was the high-scoring man for the Bulldogs (2-13), dropping in 10 points. Sophomore Elton Winston added nine points.

Crestview returns to action at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Niceville. The Indians will next make the short trek south to play rival Fort Walton Beach at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tate 67, Niceville 54

Senior Donovan Myers dropped 15 points on the Aggies, including three 3-pointers, but the Eagles dropped their fourth straight game Friday night in Niceville.

The Eagles also got nine points from senior Jai May and eight points each from senior Keaton Leavins and junior Kendall Mosley.

After playing Laurel Hill on the road Saturday night, Niceville (4-9) will next host Booker T. Washington (3-9) at 7 p.m. Monday.

Paxton 60, Central 41

After topping Northview 80-41 the night before, coach Jeff Bradley’s crew didn’t skip a beat on the second night of a back-to-back to Friday.

The Bobcats move to 8-4 with the victory and will next play Jay on the road at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Fort Walton Beach 62, Arnold 25

Make it seven straight for coach Holly McDaniel’s crew. The victory was the second straight for the Vikings by more than 30 points, Fort Walton Beach (14-3) also rolling over Gulf Breeze 64-21 on Tuesday night.

Up next, the Vikes host rival Choctaw (10-5) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

North Bay Haven 42, South Walton 31

Crystal King-Williamson notched 10 points, and Emma Hawk grabbed 11 boards, but the Seahawks came up short Thursday on the second night of a back-to-back.

Up next, South Walton (7-5) will travel to play Rutherford at 6:15 p.m. Monday.


Navarre 1, Lincoln 1

Hailey Bastian netted Navarre the go-ahead goal in just the fourth minute Saturday afternoon on an assist from Maia Vacks, but Lincoln stole a draw from the jaws of defeat with a penalty kick in the 77th minute.

Keeper Sydney O'Connell had two saves.

The Raiders drop to 9-4-2 and will host West Florida at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Leon 1, Niceville 0

The Eagles (7-3-1) will look to bounce back against Gulf Breeze at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Twin Oaks.