Van Horn ran into a hot-shooting University Academy team and came up short in its quest to win for the second time in as many games.

Van Horn ran into a hot-shooting University Academy team and came up short in its quest to win for the second time in as many games.

The Falcons were down only 12-10 after first quarter, but were outscored 21-11 in the second as the Gryphons spoiled Van Horn’s courtwarming night with a 68-47 win.

“We knew coming in that we had to keep them from getting to the hoop,” Van Horn head coach Mickey Murray said. “We made them shoot from the outside and they shot the ball well, especially in that second quarter.”

Van Horn (2-22) rallied with an 18-point third quarter and cut its deficit to single digits early in the fourth before University Academy pulled away.

“We just couldn’t make enough baskets in the fourth,” Murray said.

Tyler McNally led the Falcons with 15 points on the strength of three 3-pointers, and P.J. Faitau added eight points.

UNIVERSITY ACADEMY 46, VAN HORN GIRLS 17: Down just 17-12 at halftime, the Lady Falcons came undone by a two-point third quarter.

The Falcons were outscored 22-2 after intermission and 29-5 all together in the second half.

“We played great in the first half,” Falcons co-head coach Julie Crowell said. “It was truly a tale of two halves. You’re not going to win many games when you get outscored by that margin.”

 Shelby West led Van Horn with eight points and Brandi Tyson added seven.

“We really wanted to go into districts having played a complete game, but the kids played hard,” Crowell said.