Hoover was also a bit shaky at the foul line, going 7 of 15 in the final quarter, but Forbes made a pair with 43 seconds left and Josh Blackwell two more in the final moments.
"We got a little too comfortable in the second half,'' Morris said. "We played a little conservative and got wild with the ball. We have a tendency to do that - turn the ball over. Every day in practice, coach preaches, 'Turnovers, turnover, turnovers - limit them.' Because every game we've lost, they've bit us in the butt, every single one.''
Scott wound up swiping the ball 13 times.
"We were causing a little bit of havoc,'' Cabell said, "but you can't do that the whole game because your kids will wear out. But we did scratch and claw in the second half.''
May led the Skyhawks with 19 points and Matt Dolan added 13, with Anthony Sigmon grabbing six rebounds.
Gandee didn't want to lose sight of the fact his team did turn in a sharp first half, even though it unraveled some later.
"The best half we've played all year against anybody,'' he said. "We tried to make sure we understood the situation in the second half. We just didn't do a very good job of protecting the ball when we needed to. We didn't respond well in that situation.
"But we kept playing defense and kept playing hard. Scott didn't quit - they're too well-coached and their kids have too much desire to win. They gave us their best shot. They took us out of our offense in the second half. We tried to be a little more patient and burn as much clock as we can, but we made some bad decisions and took some shots we didn't need to be taking.''
Hoover ended at 61 percent shooting (22 of 36) with a 33-29 rebounding edge.
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