Frederica Academy’s basketball programs are off to 1-0 starts in region play after sweeping Edmund Burke Tuesday night.
The Lady Knights’ 50-35 win was treacherous at the start. The Lady Knights weren’t scoring consistently after turning the ball over several times in the first quarter. They battled the Spartans to a 11-11 lock at the end of the first quarter before falling behind at the start of the second quarter.
Tied 18-18 at the 1:35 mark in the first half, an Aubry Maulden 3-pointer shortly before the buzzer helped give the Knights a five-point buffer at the intermission.
“We came out a little hesitant, and (Edmund Burke was) a better fundamental team so it was hard to press,” said FA girls head coach Sarah Helder. “The biggest (adjustment) was our defense. They passed around our zone, so we went man-to-man and they did a better job of not giving up easy shots.”
The Knights opened the half with a 6-2 run and maintained the five point lead to the end of the third quarter. A 4-0 spurt out of the break gave the Lady Knights a 37-28 lead at the 7:09 mark in the fourth quarter. They would stretch their lead to as much as 17 points.
Aubry Maulden’s 17 points led the Knight’s scoring. Jadyn Scott’s 16 points were accompanied by eight rebounds. Jada Scott totaled 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
“Jadyn taking the ball to the basket. … I think that fueled our defense, just getting those easy baskets,” Helder said.
Helder felt like her two big sophomores became more comfortable rebounders as the game progressed.
“I think that was a little bit of the nerves,” Helder said. “They started relaxing and grabbing the ball instead of tipping the ball. At the beginning we didn’t come out with the aggressiveness we needed.”
Boys coach Carl Nash had lamented his teams’ rust, built up over the two-and-one-half week break before a loss Friday at The Valwood School. The Knights did their part to shed that rust against Edmund Burke in a 46-26 win.
“It’s a good start,” said FA boys coach Carl Nash. “The first half I wanted to make a slow and methodical as I could, because we turned the ball over 26 times last game. I didn’t care what the score was.”
Frederica took a 8-1 lead early, thanks in part to Jaylin Simpson 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions before the six-minute mark.
After that, there was a three-minute scoring drought until it was broken by Frederica big man Jason Angelich. He went on to rack up 13 points and eight rebounds.
“They doubled (Angelich) in the second half, but I thought the team responded well to that,” Nash said.
Frederica held a 20-12 lead at halftime, but an 8-2 run from Edmund Burke out of the break triggered Nash to spend a timeout.
The Knights held a 26-24 led when the Spartans held the ball for the final 46 second of the third quarter, then failing to score on that possession.
Frederica began to stretch its lead. The Knights led by eight at with 5:38 left after a Jack O’Hara triple. The Knights rode an 8-2 run to the 1:49 mark in the game before relieving their starters and cruising to its first region win.
“We just have to keep executing on the floor,” Simpson said. “We had a tough one against Valwood but this got the kinks out and we bounced back.”
Frederica hosts Hilton Head Christian, a non- region opponent, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.