Nation Ford to visit Fort Mill with playoff berth on the line

mbanks@comporium.netFebruary 11, 2014 

— A 10-point win against Lancaster has the Nation Ford Falcons above .500 again and at 6-6 in Region III to stay alive for one of the final spots in the playoffs.

Tied in Region III for fourth with Fort Mill – also 6-6 – the two will clash this Friday at Fort Mill, with a potential playoff spot on the line.

The Falcons’ 62-52 win at Lancaster put them at 12-11 on the season.

Nation Ford struggled earlier in the week, dropping games to South Pointe, 59-49, and Rock Hill, 72-61.

“They are a tough matchup for us,” said Falcons’ head coach Michael Tew of the Bearcats. “They are a good team and shoot the ball very well. We just turned the ball over too many times.”

Nation Ford committed 18 turnovers in the Rock Hill game, while the Bearcats hit as many 3-pointers – 11 – as they did other shots from the field.

The Falcons were led by senior Riley Hilton with 17 points, as Dalton Rose and Elijah Jennings each added 10 points.

Lady Falcons go 2-3

The Lady Falcons started off the week well with a 59-52 win against South Pointe but followed with losses to Rock Hill and Lancaster.

Nation Ford was led against South Pointe by senior Taylor Yarborough, who scored 25 points.

The Lady Falcons lost 37-26 to Lancaster and 55-44 to Rock Hill.

“We came out flat and dug too big of a hole,” said Nation Ford head coach Mike Smith of the Rock Hill game. “We didn’t shoot the ball well and that is hard to overcome.”

The Lady Falcons were led by Sydney Adams and Alixis Roccia, who both scored 11 points, in the loss to Rock Hill.

It will be a toss-up as to whether the Lady Falcons get into the playoffs: Nation Ford is 9-13 overall and 4-8 in the Region, which has the Falcons tied with Clover for what would be fifth place.

Only one team could get an at-large seed out of the region, if comes to that. In head-to-head matchups, Clover has beaten Nation Ford in both games this season.

Nation Ford will finish the regular season this week with games against Northwestern and Fort Mill, needing to win at least one of those to keep any chance of the playoffs alive.

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