Falcons and Lady Falcons use strong second quarters to dominate on the scoreboard
By Drake Horton, Contributing Writer
Darlington – Both the Darlington boys’ and girls’ basketball teams protected their home court this past Tuesday, December 12 as both dominated Lamar in the second quarter of each respective game, guiding both the Falcons and Lady Falcons to victory.
Darlington 90, Lamar 30
Darlington gave everyone a preview of just how dominate it can be with the 60-point dismantling of Lamar.
With 11 out Darlington’s 12 dressed players for that night scoring, and four reaching double digits, the Falcons cruised to lopsided 90-30 win over the Silver Foxes.
“Everybody feels good about themselves when we leave even if they messed up out there,” Darlington boys’ head coach Ken Howle said. “We had a lot of people score, Donovan got some good blocks. We still need to be able to execute things in the half court set that we just don’t get into real quick.”
Jamean Muldrow led the way for the Falcons in scoring with 17 points and Javorius Williams had a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Falcons jumped out to a quick start on Lamar taking an early 13-2 lead in the first quarter before things settled down with both teams scoring seven points apiece to close out the opening period.
The second quarter is where things really started to get out of hand. Up by 12 with 4:25 left in the quarter before half, the Falcons went on 22-0 run to go into the half up 47-13.
With a 34 point lead to start the third quarter, Darlington was able to empty its bench and let the reserves gain some valuable experience all while letting the entire team play loose and have fun.
The win improves the Falcons to 5-2 overall.
Darlington 56, Lamar 29
The Lady Falcons gave everyone in attendance a prelude of what was about to transpire, defeating Lamar 56-29.
Up by just three points at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Falcons took control in the second quarter outscoring Lamar 27-3 all while playing some of their best defense of the year.
While it was peaches and crème for the Lady Falcons it was not that for the Lady Silver Foxes. A combination of poor shot selection and poor defense, especially in the second quarter, was just too much to overcome.
Sitting back in a zone, Darlington was able to frustrate Simone Durant, one of the best players in all of 1A. She did not score a single point in the first half and finished with only nine for the entire game.
“We just didn’t play aggressively,” Lamar girls’ head coach Randolph Scott said. “When you come to Darlington you have to be an aggressive basketball team, we didn’t do that and it ended up showing up in the second quarter.”
A great thing for Darlington was the fact that this game was not just a win on the scoreboard, but it was a win with the roster as well.
India Mack, an eighth grader, who was just pulled up, played substantial minutes, giving the Lady Falcons some much needed depth at the guard position.
“She came in and gave us a good lift off the bench,” Darlington girls’ head coach Brad Knox said.
The Lady Falcons record is now 5-2 on the year.