|SF drops close pair |
|A total of four points sent both South Fulton teams home from Dresden with losses Tuesday night. |
The Devilettes fell to DHS 49-47 in overtime while their male counterparts were on the wrong side of a 65-63 decision in District 14A action.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Lions won their second consecutive OT outing against a Obion County School. Dresden defeated Union City 51-43 Friday evening.
Meanwhile, in the nightcap, South Fulton was unable to stop a last-ditch drive to the basket by O’Brien Washington, which resulted in the winning points at the buzzer.
With the game tied at 63-all, Washington navigated his way down the length of the floor through SF’s man defense for the deciding score. The Red Devils have now lost 15 in a row, with their last victory coming Nov. 30 against Dresden.
Both SF teams return to action Friday against Union City at home.
Dresden 65, SF 63 (B)
Trailing 37-30 at halftime, the Redmen got back into the game with a 26-point downpour in the third to lead 56-51 with a period remaining.
However, the Lions doubled South Fulton 14-7 in the final frame to earn the slim victory.
Hunter Harris tallied a team-high 25 markers for the Red Devils while teammate Jonathan Avent finished with 21 points and five 3-pointers. Avent finished the outing 5-for-9 from beyond the arc.
David Shepherd was a jack of all trades with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in the defeat.
“We had the lead late in the ballgame,” SF boys’ coach Keith Frazier said. “We just had some critical turnovers and missed free throws that allowed them to get back into the game.
“Again, it all goes back to learning how to win. Until we can do that, things like this are going to happen to us in close games.”
South Fulton (1-18, 1-11 District 14A) was without the services of Jacob Wade, who was out with a cold.
Dresden 49, SF 47 (G)
Despite the loss that is reflected in the record, Devilettes’ coach Curt Lee was proud of his team’s efforts.
“We did a good job of defending the perimeter,” Lee claimed. “We got a hand in their face and this is the third game in a row where I felt our efforts were good overall.”
Cherissa Vinson paced South Fulton (7-12, 6-6) with 16 markers while Chelsea Cox also reached double digits with 11 points.
Maeghan Eaves contributed eight markers and five rebounds during the loss.
Lauren Dowdy was lauded for her “best game of the year” by Lee with eight points and a pair of treys.