By PATRICK CASEY
The Paxton Bobcats opened the 2012-13 girls basketball season with victories over West Florida 59-22 and Freeport 57-46 last week.
The Bobcats got 17 points from junior Emily Murray against the Jaguars as they forced 36 turnovers from the Escambia County team in the 32-minute contest.
Paxton led 23-7 after one quarter of play as Murray scored 13 points in the first eight minutes of the game with deft shooting from the outside. Chrissy Currid chipped in five of her eight points on the night in the first quarter as the Bobcats raced to a lead that they would never relinquish.
The Bobcats cooled off from the floor in the second quarter as they hit only 4-of-19 shots but still held a 32-18 lead at intermission.
West Florida hammered Paxton in the third quarter with physical play but got called for several fouls that saw the Bobcats live at the free throw line for much of the first four minutes of the second half.
The Bobcats hit only 10-of-22 shots from the charity stripe but it was enough to help them to a 49-20 lead after three quarters of play.
Junior Quinn Williams scored 10 points on the night with sophomore Bethany Neale adding nine points.
Paxton led Freeport 35-23 at the half and went on to a 57-46 win in Freeport behind 23 points from Bethany Neale and 18 from Emily Murray.
Team Notes: Steve Williams is in his fourth year and holds a record of 68-18 at the school. The Bobcats won their season opener after losing at Walton to begin the 2011-12 season. Paxton is 34-5 at home under Williams.