Don’t look now, but the Rock Hill Bearcats are undefeated in region play.
Usually an occupant near the bottom of the league standings, the Bearcats are 4-0 after a 53-45 victory Thursday night over cross-town rival South Pointe in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Rock Hill High gymnasium.
Rock Hill used a quick defense to limit the Stallions to 13 points during the second half, including four in the third quarter.
The Bearcats’ defensive intensity picked up after watching South Pointe sizzle to a 32-19 halftime lead. However, Rock Hill clawed its way back into the contest with a 12-4 advantage in the third quarter, followed by a 20-9 edge during the final quarter.
“What we did was to change the way we play defense,” Bearcats coach Keenan Orr said. “Instead of putting pressure near the top, we laid back and put pressure on the back end and let the other team start making the mistakes.”
South Pointe, 2-2 in league play, trailed by only five, 46-41, when Breana Davis sank a jumper with 4 minutes, 16 seconds left.
Rock Hill allowed only two more field goals the remainder of the contest.
Guard Asia Potts drove the lane for a running jumper for a seven-point Bearcats lead. From that point, Rock Hill sank five of nine free throws to pull away for the victory.
“Free throws are where we usually have problems, and we still have plenty of work to do with that. But thankfully, we made a few when it really mattered tonight,” Orr said.
Ze’Kiya Knox led the Bearcats with 20, followed by Chelsea Dorsey with 13. Ashley Jaggers scored 14 to pace South Pointe.
ROCK HILL 53, SOUTH POINTE 45
South Pointe - Breana Davis 2, Denisha Hall 2, Treia Williams 8, Lindsey Bradley 7, Kyra Currence 3, Isralle Clark 7, Ashley Jaggers 14, Shay Robinson 2..
Rock Hill - Tamesha Brown 2, Ty Moses 3, Ze’Kiya Knox 20, Anita Jones 2, Asia Potts 7, Shauntae Young 6, Chelsea Dorsey 13.
3-pointers - South Pointe 5 (Jaggers 2, Bradley 1, Currence 1, Clark 1), Rock Hill 5 (Knox 3, Dorsey 2). Team fouls South Pointe 23, Rock Hill 15. Fouled out — None.
Records: Rock Hill 7-6, 4-0 in Region 3-AAAA, South Pointe 2-2 in Region 3-AAAA.
Westminster Catawba 64, St. David’s 47
A.J. Jackson poured in 32 points and Luke Hamrick added 20 as the Indians routed St. David’s in a nonconference game.
Westminster Catawba raced to a 19-7 lead after one quarter and never looked back. By intermission, the Indians were in front 40-19, and they coasted from there to pick up their ninth win of the season.
WESTMINSTER CATAWBA 64, ST. DAVID’S 47
Westminster Catawba - A. J. Jackson 32, Luke Hamrick 20, Brandon Laurencen 6, Kyle Nyman 4, Casey Fink 2.
St. David’s - G. Reynolds 16, J. Sheets 8, T. Beley 6, E. Honeycut 7, J. Garnett 4, C. Morris 4, M. Stahl 2.
3-point goals - Westminster Catawba 3 (A.J. Jackson 2, Luke Hamrick 1), St. David’s 6 (Reynolds 3, Sheets 2, Honeycutt 1)
Team fouls - Westminster Catawba 9, St. David’s 15.
Compiled by Sam Copeland