With only one game on tap for the Nation Ford Falcons basketball teams after the Thanksgiving break, the school made sure they didn’t have any turkey hangovers as both the boys’ and girls’ teams swept the Lancaster Bruins.
In the girls’ game, the Falcons rallied in the second half and outscored Lancaster 16-11 in the third quarter with the help of strong post play from juniors Sami Tuipulotu and Alexis Clement. Tuipulotu scored six of her 13 points in the third quarter and Clement did the same, scoring six of her 11 points in the quarter.
“I was proud of them,” said Nation Ford head coach Kate Edwards.
“They executed well in the second half. Defensively, we rebounded well. We know this is a progression. It’s all about getting better.”
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Lancaster opened the second half leading 12-11 and went on a 5-2 run. Clement and Nation Ford battled back to tie the game at 17-17. The Falcons were able to go on a 4-0 run to close out the third quarter up 27-23 and then then opened the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run.
Nation Ford shot nearly 40 percent from the field in the game and was even choosier in the fourth quarter with their shot selection. In the final period, the Falcons went 5-of-11 from the foul line to get the separation they needed from the Bruins.
Boys: Nation Ford 49, Lancaster 33
In the boys’ game, just like the girls’, the Nation Ford Falcons played a near perfect second half and came from behind to get the 49-33 win over Lancaster.
Nation Ford hit 12-of-13 second half shots from the field and shot 43 percent from the field for the game. Led by sophomore Zeb Graham, who had 17 points, and junior Eric Moulds, who had 10, the Falcons were able to force the pace and get the high percentage shots that weren’t falling in the first half.
“With them playing man-to-man, we felt like we could back door them with pressure,” said Falcons’ head coach Jared Adamson. “We still gave up too many offensive rebounds.”
In the third quarter, Nation Ford used a lot of screens and back door cuts, along with a ton of patience to open up easy shots. The Falcons went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers.
That put the Falcons up 33-26 heading into the final period when they again hit all put one of their shots from the field. They were also able to get to the line in hitting six of 12 shots from the foul line.
Nation Ford will have two home games this week. The first one will be against Indian Land Tuesday and then Marvin Ridge will be Friday. Varsity girls’ start at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ game.
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