King’s Fork extends winning streak to 10

Published 10:44 pm Friday, January 11, 2013

King’s Fork senior forward Byron Taylor had a stellar game against visiting Deep Creek on Friday night with 22 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks. The Bulldogs extended their win streak to 10 games with a 64-47 win.

King’s Fork defeated the visitors from Deep Creek 64-47, extending its winning streak to 10 games despite what Bulldogs head coach Josh Worrell felt was an haphazard effort on Friday night.

“Very sloppy, very undisciplined,” Worrell said. “Frustrating at times. At times we played well. First quarter we played well. Second quarter, not so. Half of the third quarter, we played well, and half of the fourth quarter. We’re trying to get different people in and give them opportunities, and people squandered their chances when the opportunities were there. We missed a lot of layups. Just not very crisp.”

After senior guard Rod Parrett’s team-leading 21-point performance against Lakeland on Tuesday, Coach Worrell had a goal for Friday’s game that he shared with his team on Thursday.

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“At the end of practice I told them, I said, ‘I hope tomorrow we come out and somebody besides Rod is leading scorer,’” he said. “And I told them, ‘I’m not saying that I don’t want Rod to score. I just want it to be a constantly different person so at that point it’s hard for people to game plan, because every night it’s somebody new.’”

Senior forward Byron Taylor answered the call with an impressive performance across the board — 22 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks.

“So, hopefully that continues,” Worrell said.

King’s Fork led 32-18 at halftime, but the Hornets began the third quarter with a short run. Free throws helped rebuild the lead for KF as it ended the period up 47-32.

Foul shots still represented another instance where KF demonstrated that it has room for improvement, going 25-of-39.

“We missed 14 free throws,” Worrell said. “We can’t win close games like that.”

Parrett had another strong night with 15 points, senior guard Jacorey Smith had seven points, six assists and four steals and freshman guard Deshaun Wethington made his presence known with seven points as well.

Worrell related what he wants his team to take away from the game.

“All I told them was they got to understand that we got to be more efficient with the basketball, whether that’s offensively or defensively, and listen to what I ask them to do,” he said.

King’s Fork (11-3, 8-2) hosts the rematch with cross-town district power Nansemond River on Tuesday.