A.C. Flora flies by Airport
“The first half, I was pleased. The first couple minutes of the third quarter were good, and then we backed down a little bit, and they made a run. In the past, that run has killed us, but tonight it didn’t. We showed some composure toward the end, and I’m proud of that,” A.C. Flora coach Patti Moore said.
A.C. Flora was led by Kyeshia Dawkins with 14 points. Airport’s leading scorer was Vi Muller who had 12.
A.C. Flora came out of the gates and took charge early. Balanced scoring from Dawkins, Regan Tapp, and Simoy Evans helped the Lady Falcons build a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Buckets from Evans and Dawkins in the second quarter helped the lead get to double digits. Despite the efforts of Morgan McCray, Kalila Williams, and Brittany Martin to keep Airport in the game during the first half, the Lady Eagles still found themselves down 24-11 at the half.
The lead remained at double digits until the fourth quarter. Airport held the Lady Falcons to only one point for 5:30 of the final quarter. While A.C. Flora was struggling to find points, Airport took advantage. Points from McCray, Muller, and Shanice Patterson tightened the game to a one-point deficit for the Lady Eagles, but that was as close as Airport would get. Dawkins provided the answer to the Lady Falcons offensive woes scoring four straight points to build the A.C. Flora lead back to two possessions as the Lady Falcons pulled away late to get the win.
With the end of the season less than a month away, any region win is important according to Moore.
“We had to have this win. If we had lost tonight, then we wouldn’t have had a chance to climb out of the hole that we had dug ourselves into earlier. Anytime you can go into anyone else’s gym, especially on senior night, it’s big.”
The Lady Falcons beat Chapin 47-42 Tuesday, January 24, while Airport lost to Midland Valley 40-29.