CAMPOBELLO — The Fort Mill Lady Jackets held off a fourth quarter surge by Hillcrest to win the 2012 Battle of the Border Shootout at Landrum High School.
Fort Mill had four players in double figures and was led by freshman Madison Hendrix, who had 17 points in the 65-59 win. Hendrix and sophomore Ally Abbott were both named to the All-Tournament team.
“I am so proud of them,” said Fort Mill coach Christene Benyak, whose team evened their record to 6-6 on the season. “I think it will turn things around for us for the rest of the season.”
The Lady Jackets took a 48-36 lead into the final period, but allowed Hillcrest to score 23 points in the final period and pull within two on a couple occasions.
Benyak had told her squad not to expect things to be easy in the finals.
“We told them before the game we would face adversity and when they made that run, I told them how they reacted would determine the outcome,” she said.
Fort Mill was helped out by a late surge in the second quarter before the half and in the third quarter to start the period.
With the game tied at 25, Fort Mill went on a 7-0 run to go up 32-25 going into the half. Then the Lady Jackets started the third quarter on a 7-2 run and went up 39-29. In the third quarter, senior Rae Lynch hit two big 3-pointers to get the Lady Jackets off to a good second half start in route to her 11 points.
Fort Mill started the final quarter up by 12, but Hillcrest quickly started forcing turnovers and pushed the Lady Jackets to the brink with the help of Miaya Seawright, who scored 12 of her 18 points in the game in the fourth.
Hillcrest’s Achilles heel was their ball handling down the stretch, as they had six fourth quarter turnovers and 22 for the game. Fort Mill had 15 turnovers in the game, but only three in the fourth.
Fort Mill got a lot of help from senior Lauren Wood and junior Arianna Grevious, both of whom scored 12 points in the game. Grevious was able to break Hillcrest’s full-court press in the fourth quarter and score two key baskets in the closing minutes.
Down the stretch, Wood went 4-for-5 from the foul line to ice the game for the Lady Jackets.
The game was close to start with as Hillcrest open things up by pressing from the tip-off. Hillcrest then went up 5-0, but Fort Mill made a run of its own and came back to go on an 8-0 run and gain the lead.
From there, Hillcrest would tie the game on a 3-pointer and both squads would go back and forth for most of the game, until the Lady Jackets would make the 7-0 run right before the end of the second quarter.
FORT MILL 65, HILLCREST 59
Fort Mill – Madison Hendrix 17, Lauren Wood 12, Arianna Grevious 12, Rae Lynch 11, Hannah-Kate Christopher 4, Ally Abbott 4, Chelsea Redd 3, Hanna Lyons 2.
Hillcrest – Miaya Seawright 18, Makala Green 16, Kyah Hawkins 9, Rikki Betrea 9, Taylor Madden 4, Rebecca Curtis 3.
3-pointers – Fort Mill 6 (Lynch 3, Hendrix 2, Redd 1), Hillcrest 7 (Betrea 3, Green 1, Curtis 1, Seawright 1, Hawkins 1). Team fouls: Fort Mill 10, Hillcrest 16.
Records: Fort Mill 6-6, Hillcrest 3-9.