|Career night for Cox fuels fire of SF girls |
|The precipitation amount may have been minuscule before the game Friday night, but South Fulton’s Chelsea Cox offered a downpour in her team’s 54-39 triumph over Halls. |
The senior scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Devilettes to the District 14A victory.
Meanwhile, in the nightcap, Hunter Harris poured in 25, but it was not enough in a 74-58 downfall to the Tigers.
In the girls’ victory, South Fulton had doubled the Lady Tigers 16-8 after one, led 33-18 at intermission and was up 49-25 with three periods complete.
Both SF squads return to action Tuesday night with the school’s final regular-season home twinbill and Senior Night festivities.
A girls’ jayvee game is set to precede the varsity festivities.
South Fulton 54, Halls 39
Cox was a force to be wreakened with in her milestone performance. The 5-foot-9 senior also accounted for four rebounds for the victorious Devilettes (10-12, 9-6).
“They played us straight up,” SF girls’ coach Curt Lee explained after the win. “Chelsea’s tough to handle in the lane, especially if just one person is guarding her and she exploded in the paint tonight.”
Brooke Kane pitched in eight markers with teammate Cherissa Vinson responsible for a grab bag of statistics (seven points, five steals and five assists).
Maeghan Eaves failed to score, but she was key in the South Fulton victory, dishing out five assists and pulling down four caroms.
Halls 74, South Fulton 58 (B)
David Shepherd (11) and Jonathan Avent (10) joined Harris in twin digits during the Red Devils’ 18th consecutive loss Friday evening.
The trio combined for 14 boards with Harris pulling down six and both Avent and Shepherd good for four caroms during the defeat.
Overall, Halls outscored SF 20-12 in the first and 27-12 in the second for a 47-24 halftime lead.
In the second quarter, the Tigers muscled ahead with 13 field goals to SF’s four buckets.
The Redmen (1-21, 1-14) outscored their Lauderdale County opposition 21-9 in the third quarter to cut the Tigers’ lead to 11 points at the beginning of the fourth.
However, that was as close as the locals could get with Halls inching back ahead and finishing with the 16-point league triumph.
“We didn’t give up,” SF boys’ mentor Keith Frazier said. “They (Halls) just shot well tonight, even with us putting a hand in their face for most of the game.
“We were able to get back within 11 in the second half, but that was as close as we got as it seemed there was a glass ceiling there to hold us at that point.”