Devils can brag, but don’t

Devils can brag, but don’t
Despite securing bragging rights against Twin-Cities neighbor Fulton City, neither South Fulton coach did much crowing following Tuesday’s Red Devil sweep of the Bulldogs.
“I’m not sure how much of a rivalry it is right now, because Fulton’s real young and they’re going through some growing pains,” SF girls’ coach Curt Lee said after his Devilettes recorded a second romp of the year over the winless Lady Bulldogs, 72-22.
South Fulton had beaten FC in an earlier meeting, 73-18.
The boys’ game — played first in the doubleheader — was much-more competitive, but ended up with nearly the identical final margin as the initial meeting of the Ken-Tenn neighbors, a 67-56 win for the Redmen.
SF won the earlier matchup, 58-46, in the Martin Lions Club Christmas Club Tournament.
“I was glad for the win, but I told them I wish they played with that kind of energy against some of the teams in our district,” Devil skipper Wes Miller claimed.
Harrison Hawks had 19 points and Kyle Clouse 14 for the Red Devils (10-15), who never trailed after Clint Wells’ 3-pointer just before the first quarter horn.
South Fulton made seven treys in all — Clouse hitting three and Hawks two — and overcame 14-of-25 (56 percent) free throw shooting as Fulton City missed 14 of its 23 tries (39 percent) from the charity stripe.
The girls’ game was essentially no contest as SF (14-10) scored the first 19 points and didn’t allow a field goal until Melissa Mora sank the first bucket for the Lady Bulldogs at the five-minute mark of the second quarter.
Taleeah Cross had 16 points for the Devilettes who put four players (Savannah Larson, Ka-Lon Martin, Laken Haley) in double figures, with a fifth player (Paxton Sisson) just a point away from twin figures.
South Fulton will close out its regular season Friday with a trip to Hickman County. A scheduled makeup game against Gleason Thursday has been canceled.
SF 67, Fulton 56 (B)
“My kids were excited, they were asking me all day if we were going to get to play (because of the weather) and begging me to do whatever I could to get the game in,” Miller added.
“And I thought we played hard. We wanted to make the game a fast one because Fulton has the two big kids. We did that some, and we made some shots and then some free throws down the stretch when we really needed to.”
Clouse drained a pair of treys in the second quarter to twice give SF six-point leads, then added another trifecta in the third after Hawks had made three consecutive free throws as the Devils stretched their advantage to as many as eight on two occasions.
Jordan Davis stuck home a second-chance opportunity and Clouse followed that with an old-fashioned 3-point play after grabbing an offensive rebound to give South Fulton its largest lead, 55-43, with just over six minutes to play.
The Bulldogs (8-14), who never seemed to find any offensive rhythm and were guilty of countless unforced turnovers, never got closer than eight points the rest of the way despite a handful of SF free throw misses.
Hawks, who didn’t make a field goal in the second half, did hit 9-of-12 foul shots over the final two frames to wind up with a game-high point total. Davis, the Devils’ leading scorer on the season, was relatively quiet with nine markers, and Kendall Greer tossed in eight.
Slender sophomore Jordan Miller topped Fulton with 16 points while Eric Kernel had 14 and Vance Maze 13.
SF 72, Fulton 22 (G)
The Devilettes forced 13 turnovers — many in the backcourt — with their fullcourt pressure against the overwhelmed Fulton City gals.
Martin’s bucket just before the first-quarter horn capped a 25-1 opening to the contest and it was 40-6 at the half with Mora accounting for every one of the Lady Bulldogs’ points.
Larson, Sisson, Haley and Cori Jo Edmison all made 3-pointers in the first half for SF, which sank eight shots from beyond the arc in all.
The clock ran continuously via the 35-point mercy rule in the fourth quarter.
“We need to play for conditioning, but I’m not sure we ran up and down the floor very much tonight,” Lee said.
“I’m not real sure we got much out of tonight, other than a win.”
Both Mora and Mary Katherine Miller had six points for Fulton City.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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