|2008 slump not what SF envisioned |
South Fulton probably didn’t make a resolution for the new year to begin the way it has.
South Fulton’s Chelsea Cox passes around Obion Central’s Jana Roney during the Red Devilettes’ 68-43 loss Saturday night.
The Red Devilettes and their male counterparts are a combined 0-4 through the first six days of 2008 with each team dropping a pair over the weekend.
SF’s girls lost 68-43 to Obion Central on Saturday night. The Devilettes also fell 50-36 to defending Class A state champion and District 14A rival Gleason Friday evening.
Meanwhile, the Devils dropped a 20-point decision 61-41 to OC Saturday with Gleason escaping the locals’ court with a 51-47 victory Friday.
“This is definitely not how we wanted to start the year 2008,” South Fulton girls’ coach Curt Lee said. “We’d like to be playing better than we are right now and that is in all aspects of the game, whether it be defense, offense or rebounding.”
Obion Central was led by its sensational sophomore Chassidy Fussell, who posted a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds during the intra-county triumph.
“We had a good overall effort,” Lady Rebels’ coach Eddie Suiter boasted. “The girls played pretty hard all night and we were able to stop them and force numerous turnovers with the zone that we employed defensively.”
In all, the OC defense forced 21 turnovers during the double-digit win at the “Devil’s Den.”
Both schools return to the hardwood Tuesday evening with Obion Central hosting Dyer County and SF hitting the road for a trip to Trenton.
OC 68, SF 43 (G)
The Lady Rebels opened the game with an 8-0 run powered by a 3-pointer apiece by Jana Roney and Gentry Reedy in the decisive victory over South Fulton.
Chelsea Cox scored the Devilettes’ first bucket with 5:39 remaining in the first quarter.
However, OC matched the score with a Roney basket, followed by a pair of Aubrey Reedy free throws. Gentry Reedy busted a trey later in the frame to help the Lady Rebels to a 17-8 lead after a quarter.
Cox pulled SF within six points down 17-11 early in the second, but Obion Central (14-1) would not let their county cousins any closer with the visitors reeling off a 10-0 run.
At halftime, the Lady Rebels were ahead comfortably thanks to a gaggle of second chance baskets due to South Fulton’s poor rebounding efforts — a point of concern for Coach Lee.
“We’re doing a bad job of boxing out across the board,” Lee said after the game. “There’s no way that at any given time that we’re having five girls box out their five opponents.
“As a result, we really handicapped ourselves by giving them too many second chances and open looks because they are such a good ballclub.”
Maeghan Eaves was the top gun for the Devilettes (6-10 and losers of four straight) with 15 points — 12 of which came in the second half on four 3-point baskets.
Cox was a point shy of double digits with nine in the loss. Lauren Dowdy chipped in eight for South Fulton.
Gentry Reedy finished with 17 for OC with Roney contributing 15. Emily McGee dished out eight assists for the victorious Lady Rebels.
OC 61, SF 41 (B)
South Fulton held its own against the Rebels during the first quarter with the game tied 6-all at the buzzer.
Jonathan Avent sank a pair of buckets for SF in the first with teammate Hunter Harris putting in a single field goal.
The Rebels (11-4) got a basket and pair of free throws from Justin Owens in the first and a pair of charity tosses from Tyler Barber.
With a 10-8 lead early in the second, Central opened up the game behind an 11-2 run to lead 19-8.
The offensive spurt was highlighted by a pair of baskets by both Silvanus Lee and Nick Gilliam.
However, SF finished the first half strong with an old-fashioned 3-point play by Jonathan Avent to cut the deficit to 22-14 at halftime.
The Red Devils (1-15) trailed by as few as seven points at one point in the third period, but OC destroyed the hopes of a comeback with a 15-0 run that began midway through the third.
Cory Gibson sank consecutive 3s during the run with Jacob Mobbs draining a trifecta for the Rebs, who won by 20 for the second consecutive evening.
“I know it’s been the theme of the season for us, but those big runs continue to hurt us,” SF boys’ coach Keith Frazier said.
Avent was the Devils’ top performer in the loss with a game-high 14 points with Shepherd a point off the pace with 13.
Lee was the leading scorer and the only Rebel with double digits with a dozen in the victory.
Gleason 50, SF 36 (G)
The Devilettes did not score a 2-point basket in the first half of the team’s district loss to Gleason Friday evening.
The Lady Bulldogs led 14-1 after one, 26-7 at halftime and 40-22 with a quarter remaining.
South Fulton (5-4 in District 14A) was paced by Cherissa Vinson with 15 points and a pair of 3-point baskets in the loss.
Cox finished the defeat with nine points.
Gleason 51, SF 47 (B)
One of South Fulton’s better opportunities to grind out a district victory slipped away with the Bulldogs bettering SF 20-14 in the fourth quarter.
The Red Devils (1-8 in district) were ahead 24-21 at halftime and 33-31 with a quarter remaining.
Shepherd topped the SF scoring summary with 12 points with Avent adding 11 during the downfall.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.