Points not plentiful in SF losses

Points not plentiful in SF losses
By KEVIN WEAKS
Messenger Sports
South Fulton’s boys simply couldn’t score enough. The Red Devilettes could barely score at all.
SF lost twice at home in critical District 14A games against Bradford, falling 66-58 in the boys’ nightcap following a 48-38 setback in the girls’ game.
The South Fulton boys could not match Bradford shot-for-shot from behind the 3-point circle, hitting just two while Bradford knocked down 10.
The visitors then hit 8-of-10 free throws in the final period to keep SF from making a late comeback.
SF’s girls have a somewhat deceiving final tally as a 21-point outburst in the fourth quarter was four more points than the other three quarters combined.
The 3-point arc was no friend to the SF girls, either, as the home team connected on just 2-of-16.
Neither South Fulton team was at full strength, the Devilettes missing Taleeah Cross and her 19 points a game because of an eye injury and the boys without outside shooter Kyle Clouse due to an illness.
SF’s girls fell to 13-7 overall and 6-4 in the district, while the boys are 9-11 and 3-7.
Bradford 66, SF 58 (B)
After slugging it out on virtually even terms for three quarters, South Fulton grabbed a 55-51 lead in the opening minutes of the final period but then saw Bradford take control for good with a quick burst of its own.
Grant Hampton popped a triple and then River Street picked Jordan Davis’ pocket near the time line and went the other way for a layup to give Bradford a 56-55 advantage. Momentum swung even more in the visitors’ direction when Jordan was called for a charge, wiping off a tying basket, at 2:19.
Bradford quickly capitalized as Gentry Hampton drove the baseline for a layup. The visitors then used the free throw line and two SF turnovers to build a cushion in the final minute.
Tyler McCartney was Bradford’s big shooter throughout the game, hitting three triples in the second frame and two more in the third. Cooper also had two treys in the second frame.
South Fulton never faltered, though, grabbing a 13-12 lead after one period on the strength of KeShawn McManus’ six points and then fighting back after Bradford twice pulled out to nine-point leads in the second quarter.
SF trailed 33-27 at the half and then got a reverse layup from Davis and a stickback from Kendall Greer to get within 33-31 in the first minute of the third.
The game was tied twice before McManus scored in the lane to put SF ahead at 41-39. SF led by four points late in the period and was up 51-49 at the break.
Davis led South Fulton with 17 points, followed by Tevaris James with 13 and McManus with 10. McCartney led all players with 32.
Bradford 48, SF 38 (G)
South Fulton managed just five points in the first and third periods and seven in the second in falling behind 37-17.
Bradford scored the game’s first eight points, went into its own scoring lull and then revived to lead 12-5 after one quarter and 24-12 at the half.
“If you don’t put the ball in the basket, it’s not hard for somebody to get out on a fast start against you,” SF head coach Curt Lee said. “That’s two games in a row where we didn’t make our shots. We have kids who are not getting in the gym to work on their shots and make themselves productive when teams make us shoot those shots. So, we’re our own worst enemy right now. We have people who just won’t work hard enough on their shooting.”
Bradford’s lead, in fact, reached 23 points at 42-19 early in the fourth before Cori Jo Edmison led a rally of sorts by scoring 10 of her team-high 12 points
“It was more of them missing shots than us getting anything done,” Lee said of his team’s comeback effort. “I don’t know how many turnovers they had in the fourth, but it wasn’t many. The biggest disappointment for me is we don’t get up and guard somebody aggressively right now. We’re going to use an injury as an excuse? That’s supposed to motivate you to step up, and we don’t do it. I don’t think we played well enough defensively to beat anyone tonight.”
Ten points was as close as SF could get, closing within that margin twice in the final minute.
Jackilann Street led all players with 25 points for Bradford. Published in The Messenger 1.23.12

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