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Gaffney edges Nation Ford High out of playoffs

Makayla Blackwell (4) of Nation Ford gets fouled by Greenwood's Shelby Seymore on her way to the basket.
Makayla Blackwell (4) of Nation Ford gets fouled by Greenwood's Shelby Seymore on her way to the basket.

A back and forth battle in the fourth quarter between the Gaffney Indians and Nation Ford ended with the Falcons coming up just short losing 36-33 in the second round of the 5A state playoffs.

Earlier in the week, Nation Ford handled Greenwood in the first round of the playoffs winning 49-29 as they were led by both Kelci Adams, who scored 12 points, and Ellona Moulds, who scored 11 points in the win.

Against Gaffney, Nation Ford struggled with turnovers in the second half, but struggled even more in giving up fast break baskets to Gaffney during the same time frame as the Indians used a 15 point fourth quarter to beat the Falcons.

“We didn’t play well,” said Falcons’ head coach Kate Edwards. “We let them slow the pace down.”

The two teams battled back and forth all game, but Nation Ford had a slim 24-21 lead to start the fourth quarter but hit just four of 17 shots in the final period. The Falcons were led by Alexis Clement, who scored 10 points and was big on the boards for Nation Ford when they needed her.

Nation Ford had 10 second half turnovers as Gaffney played its best basketball when it counted shooting just fewer than 50 percent in the fourth quarter. The Falcons led 31-30 with about 1:45 left in the game, but couldn’t stop Gaffney from penetrating the lane and getting easy buckets. Nation Ford finished the season at 17-7 and will lose only two players to graduation.

“We have got a good core coming back,” Edwards said.

Both teams didn’t fare well from the field as they each hit seven shots in the first half with Gaffney taking a slim 17-16 lead into the locker room. Nation Ford was led by Adams in the first half, as she scored six of her eight points during that time frame.

Mac Banks: mbanks@comporium.net, @MacBanksFM

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