PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Britton family has another accomplishment to celebrate.
Cameron Britton of Arnold comprised one half of the duo that captured first place in the combined shooting event of the Marlin Christmas Classic basketball skills competition held Wednesday night at Arnold High School.
Teaming with Erika Kelley of Graves County (Ky.) to score 48 points in the final round, Britton accepted a championship plaque from older brother Bobby, who incidentally is the younger Britton’s head coach at Arnold.
“It means a lot,” said Britton, an 18-year-old senior who is seven years younger than his brother.
The combined shooting event consisted of teams made of one boy and one girl from different schools, and the players were awarded points based on where their shots originated. Britton said he and Kelley saw other teams in the event aiming for more points with perimeter jumpers, but errant shots led to long rebounds and milked the game clock.
Britton and Kelley opted to shoot close shots from the post, and the strategy produced favorable results on the scoreboard. They scored 37 points in the opening round to advance to the finals, where they defeated Ashley Meiman of Crystal River and Charles Mattingly of Meade County (Ky.) 48-29.
The Marlins swept the top two places in the boys’ three-point shooting event. Bryce Paton edged Darius Smedley 11-8 in the championship round.
Hannah Goolsby of Cookeville (Tenn.) held off Sidney Smith of Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) 12-11 in the title round of the girls' three-point competition. Smith pulled within a point with her second-to-last shot, but the two-point money ball came up short on her final attempt.
Cookeville’s Sydney Robinson earned her team's first title of the night in the girls' obstacle course, which consisted of dribbling, shuttle, ball-handling and layup drills. Robinson completed the course in one minute flat to place first.
Matt Walsh of Starr's Mill (Ga.) won the boys' obstacle course event with a time of 51.8 seconds.
The eighth-annual Marlin Christmas Classic consists of eight boys and eight girls teams from throughout the Southeast. The tournament begins today and continues through Saturday.