By PATRICK CASEY
The Paxton Lady Bobcats scored the final six points of the game to pull out a 40-34 victory over the Walton Braves last week.
Alyssa Dupree was the star of the show as she scored 16 of the Bobcats’ 40 points on the night, including 6-of-7 free throws to help Paxton rally from a 17-9 first quarter deficit.
Walton looked primed to pick up the win early on as four different players scored in the first period to help the Braves to a hot start. It was downhill from there as Walton struggled with 23 turnovers on the night while shooting only 12-of-45 from the floor.Krysten Cuchens supplied long distance shooting for the visiting team as she scored 14 points in the contest. The Bobcats wound up with 17 turnovers on the night and shot only 13-of-49 from the floor, yet found a way to win on the road.Paxton led 22-20 at halftime and went off on an early run in the third quarter only to see Walton chip away at the deficit and close within 31-30 after three quarters of play.Gillian Infinger and Sierra Contreras led the Braves with six points apiece in the loss as the Braves did not make a shot from the field in the second quarter.Walton rebounded to post their first district win of the season on Thursday with a 44-34 victory at Chipley. Taliah Moore led the Braves with 13 points while Lynn Paulk added 10 as the Braves improved to 2-1 on the year.Paxton’s second game did not go as well as the first as Choctaw bombed the Bobcats 65-37 to drop Paxton to 1-1 on the year. Krysten Cuchens was the only player in double figures in that contest with 14 points.Game Notes: It was an odd game in the series between Walton and Paxton as the play was very uneven for both sides as can happen in an early season contest. Paxton holds a 26-9 advantage in the series dating back to the 1992-93 season.