|SF girls’ late rally is too little, too late |
|South Fulton’s girls nearly overcame a 16-point third quarter deficit, but the locals came up four points short in a 45-41 loss at Humboldt Friday night. |
Meanwhile, in the boys’ nightcap, the No. 2 Vikings were too much in a 92-39 drubbing of the Red Devils.
The Devilettes fell to Humboldt thanks in large part to a 20-4 third quarter that went in favor of H’boldt.
SF scratched its way back into the game with a 20-7 final period, but it was too little, too late.
South Fulton had been up 12-7 after one quarter and 17-16 at halftime.
The Devilettes could now finish as low as 7th in the regular season District 14A standings, pending the outcome of a game against Gleason Tuesday evening.
If their male counterparts could pull out the win agaisnt the Bulldogs, they would be the No. 9 team heading into the league’s postseason tournament.
The following is a roundup of Friday’s games.
Humboldt 45, SF 41 (G)
Senior Chelsea Cox paced SF with 12 points and five rebounds with junior teammate Maeghan Eaves good for 11 markers and eight rebounds.
Brooke Kane also reached double digits for the Devilettes (10-14, 9-8) with 10 in the loss.
Lauren Dowdy was a board away from a double-digit rebound outing with nine in the defeat.
“We had a terrible third quarter,” SF girls’ coach Curt Lee said. “We has some big turnovers at pivotal points that came back to get us. It all came down to us not finishing plays and making some mental mistakes at the end.
“We’ve been in every game that we’ve played this season, but it seems we have problems putting together a complete outing some nights.”
The Lady Vikings controlled the boards game with 18 offensive caroms in their victory.
Humboldt 92 SF 39 (B)
The Vikings dominated the first quarter with a 26-4 advantage after one.
SF bettered H’boldt in the second 16-14 to trail 40-20 at intermission.
However, Humboldt was quick to finish off the Red Devils (1-23, 1-15) with a 27-5 third quarter.
Recent Arkansas football recruit Elijah Epperson topped the Vikings’ scoring summary with 15 points.
Hunter Harris was the top performer for SF in the defeat with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists in the loss.
David Shepherd added just seven markers in the loss with junior teammate Jonathan Avent contributing a half-dozen during the defeat for the South Fulton boys.
“We knew we had a tall order tonight with how athletic they are,” said Devils’ skipper Keith Frazier. “We tried everything we could defensively, but we just couldn’t stop them.
“Now, we have to turn our attention to a very important ball game at Gleason Tuesday that we very well can win, but the thing is, I can’t get out there and make it happen, it’s up to this team and I hope they are up to task.”