The struggles are mounting for the Nation Ford Falcons basketball team as it dropped its sixth straight game, this time to Northwestern 59-45 Friday.
Nation Ford’s girls, meanwhile, picked up their third region win 42-24.
In the boys’ game, the Trojans pulled away in the second half and Nation Ford scored just six points in the third quarter.
Earlier in the week, Nation Ford played better, but still fell to York 60-58.
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The Falcons lost to York despite a 19-point performance from Ian Corley and 18 points from Cameron Holmes and the two combined to hit 10 of the team’s 11 3-pointers.
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 43 and were neck and neck for a while in the fourth quarter, when Corley sparked a 5-0 run by Nation Ford. Tied at 53, York was able to rally by hitting free-throws down the stretch to take a lead after hitting five of six from the line.
“The kids fought hard,” said Falcons head coach Michael Tew. “We didn’t seem to get any calls and turnovers kill you.”
With the loss, the Falcons are 3-6 in Region III with one week to go. Nation Ford heads to Gaffney this week before closing the regular season out at home against Fort Mill Friday.
Both teams started slow with York taking a slight 8-7 lead after the first quarter. Then in the second quarter, each team scored 22 points.
Corley and Holmes combined for 18 points of the 22 scored by Nation Ford as they both hit three 3-pointers in the period.
Still York held a slight 30-29 edge coming out of the half, but Nation Ford opened the third quarter on a 6-2 run. However, the Falcons allowed York to recover with a 5-0 run of its own to get back into the game.
Girls: Nation Ford 42, York 24
Led by 14 points from senior Alixis Roccia, the Nation Ford Lady Falcons improved to 3-6 in the region with a win over York last week. Nation Ford’s Haley Fulton added nine first half points in the win.
The Lady Falcons cruised from the opening tip of the ball, starting the game on a 7-1 run. York struggled with turnovers early and often. Nation Ford held an 11-5 lead after the first quarter, but the offense for both squads slowed down in the second quarter due to poor shooting.
One thing that kept the Lady Falcons’ momentum going was the rebounding on the offensive side of the ball as the team capitalized on several second chance points during the period.
Despite holding an 11-point halftime lead, Nation Ford struggled with turnovers in the third quarter. However, York struggled as well in shooting from the field, hitting just three of 10 shots.
Midway through the third, Nation Ford found its groove again and went on a 7-0 run making it 29-13. The Lady Falcons kept the pedal down for the rest of the game, taking a 20 point lead on three separate occasions in the fourth quarter.
Later in the week, Nation Ford girls lost 34-32 to Northwestern as Roccia led with 19 points for the Lady Falcons.