Poor shooting from the Nation Ford Lady Falcons is hurting the team’s chances for making the playoffs.
Nation Ford fell to Rock Hill 45-29 Friday and dropped its second straight Region III game. The team is now 2-6 in the region. Head coach Tamara Washington said the team needs to perform better in the next two weeks if it wants to make the playoffs.
“We have to win four of five to have a chance,” she said.
The Lady Falcons hit just nine of 46 shots in the game against Rock Hill and only trailed by seven entering the final quarter at 29-22. In the fourth period, Nation Ford was outscored 16-7.
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However, it wasn’t one quarter that did the Lady Falcons in, but a combination.
“We had no chemistry,” Washington said. “We were out of sync as a whole.”
Nation Ford stayed close in the first quarter despite hitting just three of 16 shots and trailed just 9-7 after the first period. The second quarter was a little different as Rock Hill outscored the Lady Falcons 11-4 as Nation Ford hit just one of 11 shots from the field.
The Lady Falcons started the quarter 0-for-9 from the field and didn’t score until 45 seconds left in the half.
Nation Ford’s Alixis Roccia, who was averaging 21 points a game, scored just 10 points to lead the Lady Falcons.
In the second half, after trailing 20-11, Nation Ford didn’t get the shot opportunities it needed, taking just eight shots, while turnovers didn’t help. Despite that, the Lady Falcons hit its only two 3-pointers of the game to climb back into the game and outscored Rock Hill 11-9 in the quarter.
Up next for Nation Ford area games against York and Northwestern, both at home.
Boys: Rock Hill 47, Nation Ford 37
The Falcons were down 13-1 to open the game and trailed 18-3 after the first quarter. Much like the girls’ team, the Falcons struggled shooting going 12-for-48 from the field and 0-11 from behind the arc.
The loss is Nation Ford’s fourth straight in Region III play and puts the team at 3-5 overall in the region.
“We are digging a deep hole,” said Falcons’ head coach Michael Tew. “We didn’t shoot the ball well at the beginning. We have to find a few more wins.”
Nation Ford’s boys are also in a battle for their playoff life with two weeks left in the regular season.
The Falcons hit one of 13 shots in the first quarter and didn’t get their first basket in the game until about 20 seconds left in the period. In the second quarter, Nation Ford didn’t get the shot attempts it needed at first and continued to struggle as Rock Hill pulled away. The Falcons hit just four of 27 shots in the first half.
Nation Ford played a lot better in the third quarter and despite the bad start actually made a game of it as the fourth quarter came around.
The Falcons were led by Hank Tuipulotu, who scored all 14 of his points in the second half, including going a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line.
Led by Tuipulotu, Nation Ford shot 50 percent from the field in the third quarter and pulled within six points at 33-27. However, the shooting woes returned for the Falcons in the fourth quarter as they again struggled to take advantage of Rock Hill miscues.
Rock Hill matched Nation Ford basket-for-basket in the fourth quarter and eventually used free-throws down the stretch to ice the game.