Traps and presses stop the Lady Falcons offense
By Drake Horton, Contributing Writer
It was a rough night for the Darlington Lady Falcons this past Tuesday, January 19 against the Crestwood Lady Knights. Honestly, it might be a night that head coach Frances Fields and company hope never happens again.
After coming so close to earning their first region win in its last two games, the Lady Falcons had the look of a team taking a step backwards against Crestwood, losing 61-33.
“I actually felt this game was a backwards step instead of moving forward, but we still have to continue to push forward throughout the year,” Fields said on the state of the team after the game.
The Lady Knights gave Darlington a steady diet of traps and presses that gave the Lady Falcons a fit on offense.
“We just didn’t come out ready I guess,” Fields said on the cause of her team’s offensive struggles. “I prepared for the game; this is how you break the press this is how you do this and that. It’s like I said about basketball IQ. Basketball IQ is understanding and wanting to play.”
Crestwood opened the game on an 18-0 run with Darlington’s first points of the game coming in at the 2:39 mark when LaDaysha Bonaparte hit two free throws on a Crestwood technical foul.
That seemed to spark Darlington’s offense to a degree as the Lady Falcons closed what was 18-0 deficit to 20-12 early in the second quarter, but that was as close as the game ever got.
In the first two quarters the Lady Falcons made only six field goals total and as bad as that was the fourth quarter was even worse as Darlington made only one field goal, a two-pointer by Hope Richardson. She scored all three of Darlington’s points in that quarter.
The third quarter was the best quarter offensively for the Lady Falcons, who hit four field goals, the most they made in any quarter in the game to go along with five made free throws.
Darlington scored 13 points in the third period, the most of any, but Crestwood also scored 13, nullifying any gain the Lady Falcons were trying to make.
The Lady Falcons made only two three-pointers in the entire game, a three by Kenya Thomas to start the second quarter off and one by NyAsia Taylor midway through the second period.
Darlington’s two leading scorers were Richardson and Ty’Sha Harmon-Dubose with eight points. Bonaparte was one behind with seven.
The Lady Falcons game against Marlboro County on Friday was cancelled due to inclement weather.