|Red Devils earn passing grades across border |
|Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 6:27 am |
| By KEVIN WEAKS |
With school in session, the South Fulton boys put to use their lessons learned, while the Red Devilettes apparently still need to hit the books.
The SF teams bused just across the state line to Fulton City and posted a sweep with a 66-59 boys’ win and 61-13 girls’ verdict.
South Fulton’s wins on Saturday night came one day after a split against Bradford on Friday, winning 64-57 in the girls’ game and falling 51-43 in the boys’ contest.
The Red Devil boys outscored Fulton 26-12 in the second quarter to overcome a nine-point deficit and take control of the game.
“I knew that we were deeper,” SF head coach Wes Miller said. “So, I wanted press and play fast and speed them up. We play better that way.”
Jordan Davis ignited the Redmen’s rally with back-to-back steals that resulted in five points the other way.
Clint Wells hit a pair of 3-pointers, and Kyle Clouse added another trey to get SF within 32-31 with 1:05 to play.
Hitting 3-pointers was the theme for the Red Devils as South Fulton connected on nine for the night. It was not totally unexpected, either.
“I really thought all year long we could shoot like this,” Miller said. “I honestly don’t think this was a fluke. We work on shooting those shots in transition. We scrimmage like that, so we should be able to hit them in games.”
Kendall Greer gave the Devils their first lead of the game with two free throws for a 33-32 edge with 45 seconds remaining in the first half. SF never looked back, swelling its lead to as many as 14 at 50-36 when Hunter Hutchins knocked down a triple from the top of the key with 4:36 to play in the third period.
Fulton got as close as 58-55 with 4:20 to play in the fourth on a Vance Maze layup in transition, but then Greer converted a three-point play off a steal and Davis flashed open underneath on an inbounds pass to stretch the margin to eight at 63-55 in a minute of clock time.
Davis led three Red Devil players in double figures with 18 points, while Harrison Hawks added 13 and Wells scored 11. Maze scored 24, Jordan Miller had 17 and Khalil Frame pitched in 10 for the Bulldogs.
The girls’ game was never in question, but Red Devilette head coach Curt Lee would likely give his team a passing grade based solely on the score.
“We’re still not doing things we need to do to get better,” Lee said. “We’re fouling jump shooters, reaching in on double teams, not rotating on ball screens. Like I told them at halftime, we have to do the things that are going to make us better. Don’t look at the scoreboard; play it like it’s a one-point game each possession and see if you can do things right.”
Rotating five players at a time most of the game, SF jumped out to a 24-3 lead after one quarter on 10 points from Taleeah Cross and widened that to 52-6 after one quarter.
“That’s not our normal rotation,” Lee said of his substitution plan. “We had a chance to get some people some playing time, so that’s why we did that. It got some people a few more minutes than they have been getting to see if they’re going in the right direction.”
Kalon Martin scored 23 points, Laken Haley added 15 and Cross scored 11 for the Red Devilettes.
SF took an 8-1 lead after one quarter and widened that to 32-19 at the half. Bradford trimmed the margin throughout the second half but could never overtake SF.
Tyler McCartney led Bradford’s boys with 18 points, 10 coming in the first quarter as Bradford pulled out to a 17-4 lead. Crockett Walker added 13 points, and Gentry Hampton scored 12 for Bradford.
Keshawn McManus had 10 points for South Fulton. Published in The Messenger 12.12.11