Red­skins top Tal­lu­lah Falls for third re­gion win

The Covington News - - Sports - Ty­lan Merk­er­son sports@cov­

The So­cial Cir­cle High School boys' bas­ket­ball team took on Tal­lu­lah Falls Fri­day and de­spite win­ning by a healthy mar­gin, the Red­skins fin­ished the game un­sat­is­fied with their 67-47 vic­tory over a team that they were much more tal­ented than.

The Red­skins did not get off to a great start and strug­gled to find their rhythm early in the game. Tal­lu­lah Falls High School showed that they would com­pete as they traded points back and forth with So­cial Cir­cle High School in the first quar­ter. Yet, the Red­skins led 12-10 go­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter.

What seemed to be an en­tirely dif­fer­ent team stepped back out on the court for the Red­skins to start the sec­ond quar­ter. The Red­skins uti­lized their ath­leti­cism and com­mit­ted to play­ing full­court trap de­fense to flus­ter Tal­lu­lah Falls.

"We turned up the pres­sure in the sec­ond quar­ter af­ter rec­og­niz­ing their lack of ball han­dling skills," So­cial Cir­cle coach Pat Mead­ows said. "Our de­fen­sive in­ten­sity in the sec­ond quar­ter set our tempo for the rest of the game." The Red­skins cap­i­tal­ized on their op­po­nents in­abil­i­ties to con­trol the ball and scored 28 points in the sec­ond alone, send­ing the Red­skins into the half with a 40-20 lead.

Com­ing out of the half, The Red­skins' Dee Still pro­vided a spark for his team with a force­ful dunk then a 3-point shot drained from deep down­town. How­ever, the Red­skins be­came com­fort­able

with the mo­men­tum and their lead and al­lowed the In­di­ans to nar­row that lead to 48-34 go­ing into the fourth quar­ter.

"We need to do a bet­ter job of not play­ing to the level of our op­po­nents", coach Mead­ows said. "We let a team that was not as good as us play with us through­out the game."

How­ever, the Red­skins got back on track in the fourth quar­ter due to the pre­cise 3-point shoot­ing of Stephon Chaney. It was Chaney's fourth quar­ter 3point shoot­ing that proved to be the dag­ger in Tal­lu­lah Falls hopes of a fourth quar­ter come­back. The Red­skins main­tained their lead and fin­ished the game with a 67-46 vic­tory.

Mar­vae Craw­ford qui- etly led the Red­skins in scor­ing with 16 points. Stephon Chaney added 13 points while Nic Pratt and Dee Still con­trib­uted 13 points a piece.

Brit­tany Thomas/The Cov­ing­ton News

To the rim: AJ El­phic goes to the bas­ket dur­ing So­cial Cir­cle's 67-47 win over Tal­lu­lah Falls Fri­day.

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