KF, Deep Creek set for third matchup

Published 9:45 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the Class 4 Region A semifinals after a win over Warhill High School Tuesday night.

For the third time this season, the King’s Fork High School girls’ basketball team will match up with Deep Creek High School. In the quarterfinals of the Class 4 Region A tournament, King’s Fork took down Warhill 53-38 on the road. Nylah Young scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Neecole Brown added 12 points.

As the No. 5 seed, King’s Fork will head to Deep Creek, who are the No. 1 seed. King’s Fork is 0-2 against Deep Creek, with the last meeting at the beginning of January being decided by one point. The Lady Hornets won the Southeastern District, and the Lady Bulldogs know it’s going to take a high level of execution to advance.

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“We are going to have to stay in tune with the things we do well,” Coach Maurice Fofana said. “We had them down last time and let them go on a run. All teams are going to have runs, but we just have to do our job and if we do that, we should be fine.”

This year, the playoffs have been quite different than in the last few years for King’s Fork. For most of the last few years, the Lady Bulldogs have had the No. 1 seed in the region.

“It’s different every year, but especially this year with us being the fifth seed,” Fofana said. “You have to fight your way through. We knew coming in what we had to do, and I feel like we are prepared.”

One thing the Lady Bulldogs have been stressing is focus. The Lady Bulldogs know that focus will be critical on Thursday night. Mistakes will happen, and shots will be missed, but the Lady Bulldogs know if they tune everything else out, it will help lead them to victory.

King’s Fork will be at Deep Creek at 7 p.m. Thursday night. If King’s Fork wins, they will head to either Lake Taylor or Jamestown Friday night for the region title at 7 p.m.