Falcons and Lady Falcons look to get back in the groove
By Drake Horton, Contributing Writer
The last time both the Darlington Falcons and Lady Falcons took the court at home was back on December 15 against the Lamar Silver Foxes.
Since then, schools have gone on break and everybody has had time to enjoy both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Breaks and vacations are now over, however, and everybody is back to playing and while the Falcons still have not been back to the Falcons Nest, both the Falcons and Lady Falcons are back to work, starting this past Tuesday, January 5, on the road against South Florence.
The Falcons were victorious against South Florence this past Tuesday, winning easily by a score of 67-33. Darlington closed the game out by outscoring the Bruins 25-7 in the fourth quarter.
Tyriq Smith finished the night as the leading scorer with 18. Marquis Green had 15 points and Frankie Johnson finished with 13.
While the game against South Florence may have been the first since schools reconvened, Darlington has been a busy team over the holidays, playing in two tournaments, the first being the Panther Classic down in Carolina Forest and the other being the C. Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic in Greenville.
Darlington won the Panther Classic defeating Fellowship Christian out of Roswell, Georgia 81-42 in the first game, Washington out of Memphis, Tennessee 71-45 in the second, Idea out of Washington, D.C. 67-57 in the third and Lakewood in the championship by a score of 76-68.
In the C. Dan Joyner Poinsettia Classic, the Falcons came in third place, defeating 54-47 in the opening game and Eastside 53-49 in the third place game. The Falcons lone loss came against Hammond, who is by some media outlets ranked as the 16th overall high school basketball team in the country, by a score of 56-50.
The Falcons current overall record is 14-2.
Darlington Lady Falcons
The Lady Falcons dropped their contest to the South Florence Lady Bruins by a score of 35-31. Darlington outscored South Florence 15-5 in the final period, but it still was not enough.
After going up 6-4 after the first quarter, Darlington was outscored 15-2 in the second quarter by the Lady Bruins and it was never able to make up the difference.
Deja Turner was the leading scorer with nine points. Hope Richardson had eight points and LaDaysha Bonaparte had seven for Darlington.
The Lady Falcons current overall record is 3-6.
The home games held on Tuesday, January12 and the games versus Hartsville on Friday January 15 will be in the next issue of the News & Press.