Falcons Unable To Sustain Rally In Loss To BS-Huguenot

Published 2:51 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013

FARMVILLE – The Fuqua School girls basketball team was unable to overcome a steady shooting Blessed Sacrament Huguenot squad in a 53-43 loss to the Knights on Monday night at Gilmer Gym.

The loss by Fuqua gives BS-H the season sweep and a tiebreaker over the Falcons should the two teams finish tied in the Virginia Commonwealth Conference standings.

“They shoot the ball really, really well,” said FS head coach Harry Bryant. “We worked hard to stop Katie Clarke. She scored 28 points on us [at B-SH], but [Geena] Landon stepped up and made some big shots for them.

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“I like that we didn't get discouraged. Our girls fought through a slow start, and played an intense game.”

BS-Huguenot enjoyed a three-possession lead for much of the night, before the Falcons used an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter to tie the contest at 27 apiece.

Fuqua senior Chelsea Dandridge and classmate Caroline Bryant scored on short jumpers, while freshman Taylor Frink buried four free throws in the run.

Bryant again tied the game at 29 with 1:00 left in the third quarter, before BS-H senior Geena Landon buried a three-pointer with 13 seconds later. The three sparked a 6-0 run by the Knights to end the quarter ahead 35-29.

The quarter break did nothing to slow the BS-H momentum. The Knights opened the final period with a 6-1 run to lead 41-30 with 6:06 left to play.

Fuqua went cold from the field. The Falcons made ten trips to the foul line in the fourth, but could only manage an 8-16 performance at the stripe over the final eight minutes.

A short jumper by senior Caroline Wiles pulled the Flacons back to eight at 42-34 with 4:55 remaining. A block by Wiles seemed to signal a switch in momentum, before Kimberly Robben scored to push the BS-H lead back to ten points.

Due in part to spotty shooting at the free throw line, the Falcons could get no closer than eight points over the final three minutes of the game.

“We achieved the goal we set for the third quarter, and were able to tie the game, but they can shoot from both the inside and outside, and we helped them out a little. We gave up some easy steals that led to buckets on the other end that halted our momentum.”

Landon led all scorers with a game-high 15 points, while Darlene Hall scored 12 and Kimberly Robben and Clarke scored 11 points apiece.

Fuqua was led by Bryant, who had 13 points, while Frink scored 11, Dandridge nine and Wiles six.

Fuqua was scheduled to travel to Kenston Forest on Wednesday night, before traveling to Amelia Academy on Friday.

“This one would've been big for us to get,” said Bryant. “We've got a couple of tough road games ahead, hopefully, we can steal one or two on the road and finish as well as we can.”