|SF boys, Twisters hang with favorites
|Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 5:18 pm
|The South Fulton and Union City boys proved they could compete alongside the perceived upper echelon of District 14A on Friday evening.
At Humboldt, the Red Devils took the perennial state tournament entry to the limit, falling 70-66 in overtime.
Meanwhile, the Twisters battled back from an 18-point first-half deficit, but ultimately fell 79-70 in Tiptonville.
Girls’ action on Friday had the Lady Falcons claiming the No. 1 spot in 14A with a 54-33 triumph over UC.
Finally, the South Fulton girls lost a heartbreaker at Humboldt by a 56-53 margin. The Lady Vikings broke a 53-all tie with three seconds left on a free throw after a technical was assessed on the Devilettes’ bench. SF mentor Curt Lee got the technical while arguing for a foul during a timeout after Ka-Lon Martin went to the hole.
In Lee’s opinion, Martin drew more than enough contact to get a foul call, but no whistle was blown.
Both teams return to action (weather permitting) on Tuesday evening. Union City entertains Halls, while South Fulton hosts Greenfield.
SF so close at H’boldt
The Red Devils (8-8, 2-4) came up just a couple shots short in their bid to upset the Vikings, who have advanced to the Class A State Tournament in each of the past two seasons.
SF was ahead by a pair 64-62 in the extra canto and the locals twice had the basketball with the chance to go up by four, but came up unsuccessful in both trips down the floor.
South Fulton did come through in the clutch during the closing moments of the fourth period as Harrison Hawks bottomed a 3-pointer just prior to end of regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 60-all.
“We played really well tonight,” first-year South Fulton skipper Wes Miller said. “We got down by about seven, but refused to be put away. I’m not a big fan of moral victories, but I think the way we performed in this atmosphere shows that we’re heading in the right direction.”
Jordan Davis poured in 25 points for the Red Devils, while Hawks totaled 14 and seven assists with four trifectas.
Kyle Clouse, who swished a pair of treys, had nine markers for South Fulton.
The Humboldt boys were without starting post Tevin Bryson, who was out due to sickness.
In the girls’ game, Lee shouldered much of the blame for the defeat of his charges.
“I didn’t do a very good job of coaching,” Lee said. “Regardless of whether or not I thought it was a foul, there’s no excuse for getting a ‘T’ called on you with three seconds left in a close game.”
South Fulton (9-6, 3-3 in 14A) trailed 16-8 after one quarter and 24-22 at halftime. The Devilettes outscored H’boldt 19-10 in the third quarter to claim a 44-34 lead with eight minutes remaining.
Taleeah Cross was SF’s top contributor with 23 points, while Martin was a point shy of twin figures with nine tallies and eight rebounds.
Devilette senior Paxton Sisson had eight points and a like number of rebounds.
Twister boys close
The Falcons, who lost 74-68 to UC on Dec. 21 at the Graves County TimePiece Classic, prevailed when it mattered more.
Lake County owned Union City under the rim with the host team able to procure 17 offensive rebounds from its 27 missed shots. By comparison, UC had 31 misses and came down with just five offensive boards.
All totaled, LC outrebounded the Twisters (7-13, 4-2 in 14A) 47-20.
“The rebounding was the biggest stat of the game,” UC coach Shane Sisco said. “Our inability to rebound was as glaring as it has been all year long.”
Antonio Cox poured in 31 points, while Tyler Steward and LaMarcus Allen each added 10 for the Twisters.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Falcons jumped on Union City (8-8, 4-2) from the start with a 13-2 lead after one quarter.
“We never really got a flow going offensively,” UC girls’ coach Eddie Suiter said. “Early on, we had a lot of pretty good looks, but we missed those.
“Then, we proceeded to take bad shot after bad shot..”
Amber Fair was the lone Lady Twister to finish in twin figures. Fair totaled 14 points. Jackie Hudson was next in line in the UC scorebook with six points and 10 rebounds.