Compiled by Sam Copeland
The Northwestern girls set the tone early with a suffocating defense, which York was unable to solve throughout the contest, in a 61-25 road basketball victory.
Northwestern (9-2, 4-0 Region 3-AAAA) kept York in single digit scoring the first three quarters, including a dominating 22-6 surge in the first eight minutes of the contest.
“Defensively, we have to be able to set the tone and we were able to do that tonight,” Northwestern coach John Bramlett said. “We created turnovers and then got out in transition and were able to capitalize on those turnovers.
“We haven’t been playing up to par defensively as of late and really worked hard in practice this week. It definitely paid off tonight for us.”
After dominating the first quarter, Northwestern continued to frustrate the Cougars into a series of turnovers and that continued to result in offensive production for a 36-13 lead at the half.
Northwestern put the finishing touches on the rout in the third when the score grew into a 39-point margin.
York coach Paula Blackwell described the Northwestern performance as dominant, and added that her team needs to get more consistency from the perimeter.
“Northwestern has a lot of talent, but we have to get better defensively. We have to be able to create more turnovers and go into scoring runs,” Blackwell said. “We do not do a good job of shooting from the outside and that is hurting us.
“But this is one of those things in life. We are proud of our girls; they are real good kids who are growing into outstanding citizens.”
York fell to 5-6 overall and 1-3 in region play.
Northwestern 61, York 25
York - Latrellini Mobley 3, Lilasha Dervin 6, Alawna Orr 7, Taylr Sharp 2, Aubrey Wood 7.
Northwestern - Iesha Love 7, Aubriana Thompson 11, Cayse Branyon 4, Natalie Henderson 4, Na’Kenya Graham 5, Sha’shay Alexander 11, Paige Samuelson 4, Mariah McCoy 11, Courtney Cunningham-Heath 4.
3-pointers - Northwestern 3 (McCoy 1, Graham 1, Love 1), York 1 (Mobley 1). Team fouls - Northwestern 9, York 6. Fouled out - None.
Records: Northwestern 9-2, 4-0 in Region 3-AAAA; York 5-6, 1-3 in Region 3-AAAA.
Clover 52, Fort Mill 31
Clover opened the fourth quarter with a comfortable 13-point lead and never looked back.
Fort Mill had 25 turnovers in the game and Clover was led by Alexis Brice, who scored 15. The Blue Eagles finished the game on a 29-10 run after leading by just two at 23-21 at one point.
Clover dominated the final quarter as it opened on an 8-2 run, pushing Fort Mill into turnovers by playing aggressive on defense and taking advantage of the Jackets’ miscues.
The Jackets opened the second half on a 9-5 run to make a game of it. Fort Mill cut down on the turnovers, which plagued them in the second quarter, and returned to the form they started the game with.
Fort Mill still allowed second chance opportunities for Clover, which they graciously took advantage off.
In the third quarter, the Jackets were led by Ally Abbott as she dropped in six points, but it was the shooting of Elizabeth Edmunds and Alexis Brice that kept Clover out front.
Brice’s 3-pointer put the Blue Eagles up 32-25. On the Jackets’ next possession, Brice stole the ball and made an easy layup to extend Clover’s lead.
Fort Mill dominated the opening quarter despite taking a slim 11-8 lead after the first quarter. The Jackets got easy looks early in the first quarter and went up 7-3. Both teams paced themselves early and slowed the pace down.
Brice gave the Blue Eagles the lead by starting the second quarter scoring the first four points.
Fort Mill started the second with four straight turnovers and Clover tied the game at 13 with an Edmunds free throw and then took the lead on Aaliyah Knox jumper.
Clover went to a full-court press and the Jackets struggled in making shots despite being able to break the press.
Fort Mill had nine turnovers in the second quarter as Clover took a commanding 21-14 lead into the half after outscoring the Jackets 13-3. Both teams struggled in shooting the ball, but Clover was able to convert 3-of-4 foul shots and hit five field goals, compared to the Jackets, who went 1-for-8 from the field.
Fort Mill - Arianna Grevious 9, Ally Abbott 8, Madison Hendrix 5, Rae Lynch 3, Payton Carter 2, Lauren Wood 2, Hanna Lyons 2.
Clover - Alexis Brice 15, Aaliyah Knox 8, Ryehia Robbins 7, Elizabeth Edmunds 6, Breshalya Hall 5, Zasu Carpenter 4, Lauren Richardson 4, Sydney Sanders 3.
3-pointers - Fort Mill 0, Clover 6 (Robbins 2, Brice 1, Sanders 1, Edmunds 1, Carpenter 1). Team fouls: Fort Mill 11, Clover 12. Fouled out - None.
Records: Fort Mill 6-7, 0-4 Region 3-AAAA; Clover 12-2, 4-0 Region 3-AAAA.
Chester 77, Clinton 31
The Cyclones rolled to a 23-4 first quarter lead and routed Clinton in the region opener for both teams.
Chester employed a pressing attack to open the game. That led to numerous turnovers and plenty of points from the transition game.
Shaterrica Mayfield led the attack for Chester with 17 points. Shannon Snelgrove added 14 to the winning cause.
Clinton - Noelia Leake 2, Gabrielle Bates 11, Tamia Sanders 10, Queena Cuningham 2, Ellie Tallman 4, Bredaisha Walls 2.
Chester - Shaterrica Mayfield 17, Destiny Isom 9, Shannon Snelgrove 14, Donnesha Crocket 2, Britnee Stinson 5, Porcelain Goldsborough 8, Tericka Sanders 2, Diamond Simpson 6, Victoria Wright 2, Stakeria Sanders 12.
3-point goals - Clinton 0, Chester 6 (Mayfield 4, Snelgrove 1, Stinson 1). Team fouls - Clinton 17, Chester 18. Fouled out - None.
Records: Chester 1-0 in Region 3-AAA.
Chester 91, Clinton 61
The Cyclones turned up the pressure in the second quarter, broke open a close game, and routed Clinton in the region opener for both teams.
The pressure defense caused Clinton to turn the ball over, and the Cyclones turned them into easy transition points.
John Gore poured in 23 points to lead the Chester attack. Shyheim Wilson added 17 to the winning cause. In all, 10 Cyclones scored in the game.
Clinton - Jacob Adams 4, Jake Cook 4, Mike Davis 6, Brigg Anderson 6, Ladson Glenn 15, Mathias Williams 2, Kegan Brown 2, Connor Stuart 2, Tyrell Rumph 6, Timonthy Williams 2, Shaquille Smiley 1, Ron Robertson 8, Glenn Kinard 4.
Chester - Stepphon Woods 6, Tommy Sanders 13, John Gore 23, Shyheim Wilson 17, Chance Morris 5, Jamarcus Moore 10, Quan Caldwell 4, Jarrett Rambert 2, Shaq Hinton 9, Breon Feaster 2.
3- point goals - Clinton 1 (Davis 1), Chester 5 (Gore 3, Wilson 2). Team fouls - Clinton 23, Chester 22. Fouled out - Brown (Clinton).
Records: Chester 6-6, 1-0 in Region 3-AAAA.
Westminster Catawba 54, Car. Friends School 53
Brandon Laurencin drove to the basket and scored on a layup with 5 seconds remaining in the game as the Indians got another big road win in Durham, N.C.
Casey Fink led the Indians in scoring with 16 points. Kyle Nyman added 11 points as Westminster Catawba improved to 10-5 on the year.
Westminster Catawba - Casey Fink 16, Kyle Nyman 11, Brandon Laurencin 8, A. J. Jackson 9, Luke Hamrick 7, Devante Jackson 3
Carolina Friends - Monadjemi 15, Boone 15, Berry 14, Maclead 4, Rurbach 3, Sanders 2.
3-point goals - Westminster Catawba 7 (Fink 4, Hamrick 1, A. J. Jackson 1, D. Jackson 1), Carolina Friends 3 (Berry 2, Zurbach 1). Team fouls - Westminster Catawba 11, Carolina Friends 9.
Records: Westminster Catawba 10-5.