|Latest tune no better for Devilettes
|Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:43 am
| By KEVIN WEAKS
Curt Lee wants to change his tune. His team, however, keeps playing the same old song.
The latest verse did not sound good to the South Fulton girls’ basketball head coach as Bradford’s Anna Roberson bounced in a 3-point shot with two seconds to play in the game for a 52-50 win in the consolation game of the District 14A Tournament Saturday night in Trenton.
The game-winner was a rare outside shot for Bradford, which followed the season-long scouting report on SF by driving to the basket for either a basket or a free throw opportunities. Bradford hit 10 field goals and 20-of-28 free throws.
And, while SF hit 16 of its 17 made field goals from inside the arc, Taleeah Cross was the only consistent scorer inside with nine field goals and 21 total points. SF was also a mere 15-of-35 at the line.
“What I keep preaching to them is that, when you get to this time of the year, you have to stop people from getting to the rim, and we can’t do it,” Lee said. “We have not proven we can stop people from getting to the rim and getting easy shots on us.
“Then you turn that around, you have to get to the rim some. We still have skittish kids who are afraid to take the ball and go score with it. I know sound like a broken record with these things, but that’s the way it is.”
Relegated to fourth place, South Fulton will now travel to District 13A Tournament champion Dresden in Thursday’s Region 7A Tournament quarterfinal round.
“We have one more game to show we can do some things, stop people from getting easy shots and easy rebounds,” Lee said. “You don’t have to be really big to do that. You just need to show some heart to step in front of somebody. We’re not going to be very good this year or next year if we don’t fix those problems.”
Cross and Bradford’s Jackilann Street had a one-on-one scoring duel in the second half after both spent much of the first half in foul trouble.
Cross scored 14 points after the intermission, while Street had 21 of her game-high 22 points in the second half. Included in Street’s scoring was an 11-of-13 effort at the free throw line.
Free throw shooting was especially damaging to SF in the final minutes. South Fulton missed six times at the line in the final 1:25, twice failing to convert 3-point plays.
“There’s a few things you can control — the effort you put on the floor and free throw shooting,” Lee said. “You can do the work in the gym to where you make those consistently, but some kids just take that part for granted and don’t work on it hard enough.”
SF had a good start, scoring the game’s first seven points and leading 14-6 early in the second period on Cori Jo Edmison’s shot in the lane.
Bradford got within 19-15, but Sydney Easterwood scored on a turnaround jumper from the right block and Cross, who picked up her second foul just two minutes into the game, drove in for a basket with three seconds to play in the half.
Street led Bradford back after South Fulton built a seven-point lead early in the third, converting a 3-point play and then hitting four times at the line following a foul and technical on SF. But, Cross closed the period with two baskets inside for a 37-33 lead.
Bradford took its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Katie Cardwell with 4:01 to play, but the Lady Red Devils would not be ahead again until the game-winning shot. Edmison converted a 3-point play on the other end, and then Bradford tied it three times.
Edmison was the only other player in double figures, finishing with 11.Published in The Messenger 2.20.12