|Lee takes blame for SF blunder |
|South Fulton girls’ coach Curt Lee would love to have a do over of Tuesday’s 57-52 loss at District 14A rival Trenton. |
With a two-point lead and about two minutes remaining, Lee asked for a timeout that he did not have, resulting in a technical foul on the SF bench that shifted the game’s momentum and score in favor of the No. 6 ranked Lady Tide.
“I thought we played well enough to win tonight,” Lee admitted after the game. “We only had 13 turnovers and played a pretty good game defensively.
“If it wasn’t for that coaching blunder on my part, I think we could have pulled this one out.”
In the nightcap, the Devils set a season-high for points, but the locals still fell 96-81 to Trenton.
Both South Fulton teams return to action Friday with a district doubleheader at home against Lake County.
Trenton 57, SF 52 (G)
The Devilettes (6-11) trailed 13-9 after one period, but the locals led 25-24 at intermission.
Trenton bettered SF 15-10 in the third and 18-17 in the final frame to take the five-point triumph.
Chelsea Cox poured in 26 points to lead South Fulton in the heartbreaking loss.
Cherissa Vinson, Maeghan Eaves, Brooke Kane and Katie Bivens all tied for second in the scorebook with six markers apiece.
Eaves brought down 10 rebounds in the defeat with Kane grabbing eight boards for SF. Vinson dished out six assists for the Red Devilettes.
SF struggled at the free throw line, shooting 14-for-25 from the charity stripe in the downfall.
The loss evens South Fulton’s district record to 5-5.
Trenton 96, SF 81 (B)
South Fulton had four players in double digits, but it was not enough in the 15-point loss to the Golden Tide.
Jonathan Avent finished with a team-high 20, Holden McConnell contributed 19, David Shepherd tossed in 17 and Hunter Harris was responsible for 10 in the loss.
Shepherd also patrolled the boards well with 10 rebounds in the defeat to complete a double-double.
However, South Fulton was blown away in the 3-point department. The Tide swished nine treys with SF only able to sink a pair in the loss.
Avent was responsible for both of the Red Devils’ trifectas on the evening.
“Trenton is a very athletic, very quick team that doesn’t waste a lot of time on offensive schemes,” South Fulton boys’ mentor Keith Frazier explained. “They come down the court and they’re gonna shoot the ball. They’re not going to pass the ball but maybe one or two times and then, they’ll throw it up and go for the rebound if they miss.
“We tried to use some zone on them defensively, but they shot us out of it and, when we went back to man-to-man coverage, they were just too quick for us to defend.”