Darlington Falcons on a roll with men and women finishing on top
By Drake Horton, Contributing Writer
The Darlington Falcons and Lady Falcons looked to kick off region play this past Friday against the Lakewood Gators, but due to snow closing the school on both Thursday and Friday, the game was postponed.
But while Friday’s game was canceled, both the Falcons and Lady Falcons did get some action in on the hard court, taking on South Florence back on Tuesday, January 2 and it was a great night for both squads as Darlington came out victorious in both contests.
In a scheduling oddity compared to the rest of the schedule both Darlington boys’ and girls’ basketball teams do not play at the same location when playing South Florence.
Having already played once this season with both Darlington teams winning as well this time around it was the Lady Falcons getting the home game and the Falcons going on the road.
Darlington (boys) 53, South Florence (boys) 49
Led by Jamean Muldrow’s 19 points the Falcons outscored the Bruins by five points in the fourth quarter to win by four and improve their record to 11-3 overall for the season.
Jalian Smith was Darlington’s other double-digit scorer, finishing the night with 11.
Darlington (girls) 31, South Florence (girls) 16
Up by just two points at the half, the Lady Falcons outscored South Florence by 13 in the second half to cruise to a 15 point victory.
Hope Richardson led the way for Darlington with 12 points.
Carolina Pepsi Classic Recap
After winning the inaugural Darlington Falcons Holiday Tournament before Christmas, Darlington once again participated in the Carolina Pepsi Classic hosted by West Florence and while the Falcons did not win the classic, a third place finish was more than respectable.
Darlington opened up the tournament with an 80-73, four overtime, victory over Crestwood and followed that with a 78-58 win over Trinity-Byrnes.
With two wins in the books Darlington needed to get by North Augusta to earn a place in the championship game. Unfortunately for the Falcons that was not able to come together as North Augusta won 65-53.
The Falcons wrapped up the tournament defeating Marion in a close 73-72 game to capture third place finish in the classic.