Falcons fall to 3-3 in district

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Fort Worth Country Day Varsity Girls’ basketball team fell to Greenhill School Tuesday evening 44-42 in Sid W. Richardson Gymnasium, dropping the Falcons to 3-3 in district play and 8-11 overall. 

Tuesday's loss came on the heels of the Falcons' 49-15 victory against Oakridge on Friday.  

The Falcons led the Hornets through the first half, leading by as many as 12. The Hornets closed the gap in the second quarter, however, and the Falcons headed to halftime leading 28-22.

"They did OK in the first half, but we were up 12 and gave up six [points] at the end before the first half," Program Director and Head Coach Shelley Rains said. 

Rains said the team began the next half with a lack of intensity that they needed to secure their lead. 

Greenhill began the second half strong, outscoring Country Day 16-4 in the third quarter, taking the lead and heading into the final quarter of the game ahead 38-32.

"Greenhill did a great job of maintaining theirs and picking it up and taking advantage of our turnovers," Rains said.

Country Day closed the gap in the fourth quarter, after a fourth quarter timeout where Rains told the team that they needed “to turn up our intensity and go with what's been getting us where we needed to be," she said. 

The Falcons' outscored the Hornets 10-6 in the fourth quarter. 

Country Day ended Tuesday's game shooting 33 percent from the free throw line and with a field goal percentage of 32. Junior Madelyn Stripling led the team in scoring with 17, senior Cheryl Haston finished with 7. 

"Our kids fought hard at the end, yes I was proud of them there, but we got to play four quarters, 32 minutes," Rains said. 

The Falcons are heading on the road Friday when they take on Trinity Valley School at 6 p.m.

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