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SF end same as beginning

SF end same as beginning
SF end same as beginning

South Fulton’s Laken Haley tries to dish to Cori Jo Edmison during Tuesday’s defeat.
The first full day of action at the 46th annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament started and ended in the same fashion.
Unfortunately for South Fulton, that meant a pair of defeats for its basketball teams on Tuesday.
Both the Red Devil basketball squads suffered setbacks in quarterfinal action at the 46th annual Martin Lions Club Christmas Tournament on Tuesday.
The Devilettes fell in the morning’s opener – 67-43 to Liberty. The SF boys fell in the evening’s final game by a 74-46 margin to the host Westview.
The South Fulton girls tipped off this morning in the loser’s bracket against Fulton City. The Red Devils also played this morning — at 11:30 — against Madison Academic.
Depending upon the outcome against MA, the South Fulton boys may play again later today.
If the Redmen lost to Madison Academic this morning, they Hickman County (Ky.) at 5:30 tonight. A win in that game would give SF another contest on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. against Fulton City for seventh place.
If South Fulton prevailed vs. MA, the locals play Gleason at 2:30 on Thursday in the fifth-place game.
Liberty 67, SF 43 (G)
Memphis signee Ann Jones was in the face of many a Devilette shooter, making at least a half-dozen blocks and pouring in 27 points for the victors on Tuesday morning.
South Fulton (6-5) had kept even with the Lady Crusaders through the first four minutes of the opening quarter and the game was tied at 8-all.
Then, Liberty embarked on a 9-0 run to claim a 17-8 advantage before SF’s Savannah Larson bottomed a trey with 24 seconds remaining.
In the second canto, the Lady Crusaders widened their lead with a 9-0 run midway through the quarter, which helped the Jackson team to a 35-20 halftime advantage.
Early in the third quarter, Cori Jo Edmison swished a trifecta to pull SF within 13 points, but that was as close as the Obion Countians would get.
Taleeah Cross paced the Devilettes with 14 points against the much-larger Liberty squad, while Laken Haley finished with 11 and Larson accounted for nine.
“Our defense isn’t doing well enough to pick up our offense when we don’t make our shots,” SF girls’ skipper Curt Lee said. “We’re not doing enough good on the offensive end to make up for our bad defense.”
Westview 74, SF 46 (B)
The Chargers (12-0) were up 22-13 after one quarter and 47-28 at halftime on Tuesday evening.
“We missed a lot of easy lay-ups,” Red Devil coach Wes Miller said. “They’re long and athletic and (Jacob) Lloyd had, I think, 11 points before we could blink. He’s a good shooter and he caught fire at the start.
“We had to play catch-up from the get-go.”
South Fulton did cut the deficit to as few as nine points at one juncture in the second quarter.
Jordan Davis had a team-best 15 points and five rebounds, while Khiry Lewis finished with seven markers and five boards.
Montre Lewis, Clint Wells and Kyle Watkins all contributed six tallies for the Red Devils (5-6).

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