|SF losses eerily same |
|Both South Fulton basketball squads jumped on Bradford early. |
However, both teams were leapfrogged during the middle two quarters in a pair of seven-point losses Friday night.
The Devilettes doubled BHS 12-6 through one, before ultimately falling 51-44.
Meanwhile, in the nightcap, SF’s boys led 12-9 after one with Bradford taking the final decision 56-49.
In the opener, South Fulton’s depth problems remained an issue at the forefront with three players fouling out in the final frame while the team trailed by three points, allowing host Bradford to take charge and ease away to the victory.
“We lost our three best post players in the fourth quarter,” Devilettes’ skipper Curt Lee said. “After they fouled out, they (Bradford) made their free throws and that was the end of it.”
Both SF teams return to action Tuesday night with a District 14A twinbill at home against Humboldt.
Bradford 51, So. Fulton 44 (G)
Chelsea Cox (14), Brooke Kane (11) and Maeghan Eaves (six) combined for 31 of the Devilettes’ total points before the trio fouled out in the final frame.
Cherissa Vinson was a point shy of double digits with nine.
SF (4-5, 4-3 in district) did a good job of matching Bradford point-for-point before the untimely exits of the team’s post threats, according to Lee.
“We did a good job of scoring on them, but we weren’t able to stop them from scoring in the end,” Lee said. “We missed some free throws that we needed but, other than that, I thought we played a good game.
“I think the one thing our girls can carry out of this game, even though it was a loss, is that we can compete with the better teams in the district.”
Bradford 56, So. Fulton 49 (B)
SF’s third quarter struggles continued with Bradford bettering the locals 19-4 in the frame en route to the win in the battle of Red Devil-monikered squads.
“It was the same problem that we’ve had all season,” SF head coach Keith Frazier said. “We scored just one field goal in the third and we allowed five offensive rebounds for putbacks and that was the deciding factor.
“We got within three once during the fourth, but you can’t spot any team an 18-point lead and expect to win.”
Hunter Harris was the top scorer for SF (1-8, 1-6 in district action) with 21 markers in the loss with Jacob Wade tossing in 11 points and Jonathan Avent adding six for the locals.
Bradford was paced by Corey Hampton with 20.