Lady Falcon trio leads comeback win at WB

By Steve Williams

William Blount junior Savannah Darnell was putting on a “one-girl show” against Fulton on her home court last Wednesday night.

When the Lady Falcons came into their locker room trailing by 17 points at halftime, Coach Tony Cooper pointed out the issue.

“I made an emphasis that No. 20 has 19 points and Maiya Moore said: ‘I want to guard her coach.’

“She’s a lock-down ball player,” said Cooper.

Darnell ended up with only nine points in the second half.

“We made some adjustments and came out and showed it,” Cooper added.

“Maiya came out and did what a senior does and she shut her down.”

The result was a 51-48 comeback win for the Lady Falcons.

After trailing 22-6 at the end of the first period and 35-18 at halftime, Fulton outscored William Blount 19-6 in the third period and 14-7 in the final eight minutes.

While Moore was the key stopper after intermission, Fulton junior Dee Williams was a contributor all over the court during the game.

“The key to the win was seniors playing like seniors and our junior, Dee Williams, being Dee Williams,” said Cooper. “Dee is the most all-around player I’ve ever coached. Whenever the ball is on the floor, it’s Dee Williams’ ball.”

Dee’s overall stats in the game supported her coach’s comments. She scored 19 points and had 16 rebounds, five steals, two blocks and four assists.

Senior Sammy Taylor poured in 18 points and collected nine rebounds.

Moore, to go with her defensive play, contributed 12 points and six rebounds.

For the Class 3A Lady Falcons (5-13), it was their fourth victory in their last five outings. The Class 4A Lady Governors are 9-9.

“It was a good win for us and our program,” said Coach Cooper, who is in his first season as head coach at FHS. “The girls kind of needed this. We took some lumps early on and winning four out of five, our girls are on the rise and keep going up and up and up. We look forward to the second half of the season.”