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Sloppy second bedevils South
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Forsyth County News
NORCROSS — There is a point in every game where the results turn in a team’s favor — or turn for the worst.  
Unfortunately, things went in the wrong direction for South Forsyth in the second quarter, leading to a 69-43 loss to Norcross on Friday in the regular season finale for both teams.

“Second quarter (of the game) just got away from us,” South coach David Sokol said.

Despite a decent start and just a four-point deficit after the first period, the chance of a competitive battle eluded the War Eagles (9-16 overall, 7-11 Region 7-AAAAA) early in the second when the Blue Devils (24-1, 18-0)  scored the first eight points of the frame.  

A pair of Eagles’ free throws interrupted the run, but didn’t stop it as Norcross extended the margin to 36-16 by halftime.  South’s  downfall in the second period was due to a plethora of turnovers while trying to break Norcross’ full-court trap defense.

Many of South’s miscues led to easy baskets for the Blue Devils, who played comfortably ahead for the remainder of the contest.

Derek Zittrauer scored 10 points, while fellow seniors Jonathan Sauls and Kevin Bibler added nine points apiece for the Eagles.

The outcome wasn’t any brighter for the Lady Eagles, who fell to the Lady Blue Devils earlier Friday night by a 64-44 count.

Stephanie Storms scored 17 points, while Kirsten Ebert contributed nine for South (8-17 overall, 4-14 Region 7-AAAAA).

The South teams will take the court for region tournament action this week.