Devilettes on fire against Tide

Devilettes on fire against Tide
Devilettes on fire against Tide

South Fulton’s Paxton Pair blocks Trenton’s path on Friday.
Pardon the obvious pun, but South Fulton’s Devilettes were on fire during their 62-30 romp over Trenton on Friday evening.
All totaled, SF shot 9-of-16 from the 3-point line as the county locals reached double digits in the win column for the first time since 2007-08.
“Every win we get helps to build our confidence,” Devilette coach Curt Lee said. “After the two years we’ve had, I would love to instantly get 20 wins, but we have to make small steps in the right direction. One of our goals this season was to win from 12 to 15 games and I think we can achieve that.
“I think we have a team that can win any game it plays in. I can’t say I would have said that the last two seasons with all the young players and the numbers crunch we’ve had.”
The South Fulton girls are now 10-7 on the season with a 4-4 mark in District 14A action.
In the nightcap, the Red Devils lost concentration on three possessions just prior to halftime and ultimately fell to Trenton by a 56-47 margin.
It should be noted Friday’s game against the Tide was much more competitive than South Fulton’s 26-point defeat at Peabody’s gym.
With the defeat, SF is 8-10 on the campaign and 2-6 in league play.
South Fulton returns to the hardwood on Tuesday evening with a twinbill against 14A and county rival Union City.
SF 62, Trenton 30 (G)
The Devilettes blazed a trail from beyond the arc in the first half that the Lady Tide could not keep up with.
In the first two cantos, South Fulton was 6-for-8 from beyond the arc.
Laken Haley, who finished the first half with 10 points, had two of those 3-pointers, while Paxton Sisson, Cori Jo Edmison and Taleeah Cross each bottomed a trey during the first 16 minutes of play.
“Scoring hasn’t been our biggest problem,” Lee said. “I like how much we’re scoring each game. It’s our defense that concerns me. I think a lot of time offensive spurts center around how well the defense is playing.
“Overall, I thought we played some pretty good defense, but there were still times when we let up. We can’t do that, regardless, of who we’re playing.”
Haley finished with a game-high 17 points, while Cross totaled 16.
Ka-Lon Martin was a bucket shy of twin figures with eight tallies for South Fulton, which led by as many as 34 points at numerous points during Friday’s contest.
The Devilettes were ahead 19-7 after one quarter, 38-11 at halftime and 54-21 with three periods complete.
Lorna Hudson, who scored 11, was the lone player in double digits for Trenton (4-12, 1-7).
Trenton 56, SF 47 (B)
A lapse of about 30 seconds made all the difference in the world for both the Tide and Redmen with just under a minute left before halftime.
Down 21-18, SF coughed up the basketball on three consecutive possessions — leading to a 7-0 Peabody run that helped the visitors to a 28-20 intermission advantage.
After the first two miscues, Red Devil coach Wes Miller called for a timeout, but it did little to help his team’s state of disarray.
“We made a couple turnovers and I drew up a play (during the timeout) but we did the opposite of what I had drawn up,” Red Devil coach Wes Miller said. “We’re having these lulls and droughts and no one in this tough district can afford to do that.
“Give Trenton credit, though. They’re a good team and, when they’re shooting the cover off the ball like they did tonight, you have to be at your best.”
Altogether, the Golden Tide bottomed eight 3-pointers, while SF made just three of its long-range offerings.
Trenton’s largest lead of the outing came early in the fourth quarter when the Tide pulled ahead by 16 (44-38) after back-to-back 3-pointers from Dalton Craddock.
That said, South Fulton did not give in as the locals cut the deficit to eight points on three occasions in the final two minutes.
Jordan Davis was the only SF player to reach double digits with 14 points. Harrison Hawks and Montre Lewis were both one point shy of twin figures with nine each.
Trenton (12-4, 4-4) had Jeremy Vaughn with 15 points, Jonathan Jones with a dozen and the duo of Tyler Gadlin and Craddock — both with nine tallies.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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