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Little shortcomings big trouble for SF

Little shortcomings big trouble for SF
Little shortcomings big trouble for SF

South Fulton guard Jacob Wade goes for a lay-up during the Red Devils’ loss on Tuesday evening.
It was the little things that gave the South Fulton boys problems against Lake County.
Though consistently able to break the Falcons’ press and get a shot off, SF fell victim to a lack of good looks, few second-chance opportunities and a number of bad passes during a 85-51 defeat on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ game, Devilette head coach Curt Lee would just like to have some size and experience to work with after a 47-26 defeat against the Lady Falcons.
South Fulton fell for the second time in as many District 14A games as the Obion Countians struggled to swish the net after the first quarter.
Overall, the SF girls totaled five points in the second, six in the third and three in the fourth.
During that span, the Devilettes sank just four baskets, one 3-pointer and a free throw.
The South Fulton teams return to action on Friday when they travel to Dresden for a district twinbill. SF’s next home outing is Saturday evening against Obion Central.
Lake Co. 85, SF 51 (B)
Ultimately, the presence of head coach Jimmy Whitby, serving the final game of a four-game suspension due to an illegal preseason scrimmage against Obion Central, was not needed by the Falcons.
However, the Red Devils (1-2, 0-2) did give Lake County (4-0, 2-0) a fight during the first quarter.
Alex Gallien bottomed a deuce to give SF the early lead. Then, Jacob Wade swished the net on a field goal as the Red Devils’ held a 4-0 lead.
After a timeout, the Falcons finished the first period on a 20-6 run as they led 20-10 with one quarter complete.
“We got intimidated by them,” South Fulton boys’ coach Keith Frazier said. “We came out and moved the ball like we should against the press and got it down the court, but when we did, we were afraid of contact.
“I don’t understand it. When I match these guys up in practice they have no problem mixing it up with each other, but against other teams, we get intimidated.”
With the lead after one, Lake County — under the leadership of assistant coach Craig Clay — bettered the Red Devils 15-11 in the second quarter to lead 35-21 at intermission.
In the second half, the bottom fell out for SF as LC inched further ahead, leading by as many as 35 points in the fourth.
“I told the team that they were going to have to a little bit of soul-searching tonight,” Frazier said afterward. “We need someone beside (Jonathan) Avent to step up because if it hadn’t been for him, we would have been blown out.”
Avent totaled a game-high 27 points for South Fulton. Jacob Wade pitched in nine for the Red Devils.
For Lake County, Russell Avery accumulated a team-best 18 points, including a rim-jarring dunk, while Calius Hockett (17), Dominic Kimble (12) and Patrick Robertson (12) all reached double digits.
Lake Co. 47, SF 26 (G)
The young Devilette team took their share of the lumps against the athletic Lady Falcons.
Still, Lee believes his SF gals showed they can compete with Lake County as they only trailed 16-12 with one quarter complete.
However, Lauren Dowdy, who had the hot hand for the Devilettes (1-2, 0-2) with eight points in the first quarter, was pulled due to her drawing her second foul late in the opening period and the county locals struggled offensively as did LC in the second.
For what it’s worth, SF did outscore the Lady Falcons (3-1, 1-1) in the second 5-4.
In the third quarter, the Devilettes continued to struggle from the field as they had just three baskets.
Meanwhile, Lake County had its best period of the evening with 19 points in the third to seal the victory.
 The fourth quarter was again a struggle for the Obion Countians as the only basket scored was a Maeghan Eaves deuce with 34 seconds remaining.
“We need practice and more practice,” Lee told. “I can’t turn these girls into 6-foot tall athletic players, so we have to get in better shape so we can put together four solid quarters of basketball.”
Dowdy finished with 10 points, while Eaves added nine and Brooke Kane seven.
Overall, South Fulton shot just 11-for-33 (1-for-7 from beyond the arc) on the evening.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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