Compiled by Sam Copeland
The Northwestern Trojans scored 16 unanswered points in the second quarter in a battle for at least a share of first place in Region 3-AAAA Tuesday night against the Clover Blue Eagles. The Trojans used their size and rebounding advantage to seize control and pull away to a 60-32 victory in the Northwestern gym. Both teams came into the game with 4-0 marks in region play.
“In the game of basketball you’ve got to use your advantages, and we’ve got some size in the middle,” Northwestern coach John Bramlett said.
Senior Sha’Shay Alexander had six points in the second period, and senior Cayse Branyon tallied seven of the Trojans’ last 13 points in the frame to stake the home team to a 35-12 halftime lead. Northwestern finished the first quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 10-5 edge. Alexander led the Trojans with 10 points and senior Alexis Brice paced the Blue Eagles with 13.
Northwestern will host rival Rock Hill on Friday with a possible share of first place on the line.
Northwestern 60, Clover 32
Clover - Alexis Brice 13, Aaliyah Knox 5, Lauren Richardson 3, Breshayla Hall 5, Ryehia Robbins 2, Elizabeth Edmunds 1, Sydney Sanders 3.
Northwestern - Sha’Shay Alexander 10, Mariah McCoy 8, Ieshia Love 7, Aubriana Thompson 5, Cayse Branyon 9, Natalie Henderson 6, London Minor 2, Paige Samuelson 4, Ashley VanBoven 3, Courtney Cunningham-Heath 6.
3-point goals - Clover 0, Northwestern 2 (Branyon 1, Love 1). Team fouls - Clover 15, Northwestern 23. Fouled out - None.
Records: Northwestern 10-2, 5-0 in Region 3-AAAA; Clover 12-3, 4-1 in Region 3-AAAA.
Lancaster 43, Fort Mill 27
They say a team can live by the three and die by the three. The Bruins were able to defeat Fort Mill and their 3-point shooting played a big part. Four Bruins hit threes, led by Telandra Stanton whose 9 points all came from outside the arc.
Lancaster’s defense was also key. The Jackets committed 25 turnovers, and were unable to find an open lane to the basket most of the night.
The reason they could not was due in large part to Lancaster’s Phoebe Johnson. Johnson led the Bruins with 11, all in the second half, and she also had 4 blocked shots.
Fort Mill was led in scoring by Arianna Grievous with 14.
Lancaster - Phoebe Johnson 11, Stanton 9, Brunson 5, Nivens 5, Shareese Ross 4, Davis 3, Kaela Robinson 2, Hayden Thorne 2, Keyatta Davis 2.
Fort Mill - Arianna Grievous 14, Laurence Wood 5, Madison Hendrix 4, Hannah-Kate Christopher 4.
3-point goals - Lancaster 6 ( Telandra Stanton 3, Aliyah Davis 1, Chanda Nivens 1, Sha’Ron Brunson 1), Fort Mill 0. Team fouls - Lancaster 19, Fort Mill 12. Fouled out - None.
Records: Lancaster 3-8, 2-3 in Region 3-AAAA; Fort Mill 6-8, 0-5 in Region 3-AAAA.
Nation Ford 45, South Pointe 32
Nation Ford junior Taylor Yarborough opened the fourth quarter for the Falcons with a 3-pointer to extend their lead to nine points.
From there, Nation Ford was able to pull away to get the win. Yarborough led the Falcons with 17 points.
“It was a really good team win,” said Nation Ford coach Mike Smith. “We had a good week of practice, and what got us here was how mentally prepared we were.”
Nation Ford seemed to have an answer for almost everything that South Pointe did and kept a comfortable second half lead.
The game was really won for the Falcons at the free-throw line, as they hit 18 of 30, while South Pointe struggled hitting just 10 of 26.
The Stallions made small runs, but every time they had a chance to close the gap, Nation Ford hit a couple shots to extend its lead.
South Pointe – Israelle Clark 6, Ashley Jaggers 6, Cameron Davis 5, Treia Williams 5, Sierra Gilmore 5, Derona Davis 4, Kyra Currence 1.
Nation Ford – Taylor Yarborough 17, Dani Shaddix 10, Tiaira Potts 8, Zippy Lincoln 4, Abbey Bjerken 4, Jessie Raniszewski 2.
3-point goals - South Pointe 0, Nation Ford 1 (Yarborough 1). Team fouls: South Pointe 23, Nation Ford 22. Fouled out - None.
Records: South Pointe 5-7, 1-4 in Region 3-AAAA; Nation Ford 8-6, 2-2 in Region 3-AAAA.
Rock Hill 43, York 32
Coach Keenan Orr sounded more like a coach in defeat than in victory in assessing Rock Hill’s home victory over York.
“It was a sloppy game in that we did not turn the ball over too much, but instead, we forced too many shots and tried to rush the game,” Orr said. “But York did a great job at controlling the tempo and forcing us to play at their pace. We also missed too many free throws and we passed up too many good shots.
“But we won the game and that is great. In the past, we may have lost a game like this.”
York, 1-4 in region play, jumped out to an 8-4 lead and immediately gained the attention of the Rock Hill girls, who are now 5-0 in the standings.
However, the Bearcats began to find a more fluent rhythm and took a 21-15 edge into the half. York, however, remained patient and that strategy kept them in the game with only a five-point deficit, 29-24, at the end of the third.
Zekiya Knox and Potts led the Bearcats with 15 and 13, respectively. Latrelli Mobley and Carrie Lee Lancaster scored eight each for York.
York - Latrellini Mobley 8, Alawna Orr 8, Lalisha Dervin 2, Kelondra Lytle 2, Keatra Jamison 2, Taylr Sharp 2, Carrie Lee Lancaster 8.
Rock Hill - Kia Walls 2, Ze’Kiya Knox 15, Anita Jones 3, Asia Potts 13, Shauntae Young 6, Chelsea Dorsey 2, Whitney Simpson 2.
3-point goals - York 2 (Mobley 2), Rock Hill 2 (Jones 1, Potts 1). Team fouls - York 7, Rock Hill 8. Fouled out - None.
Records: Rock Hill 8-5, 5-0 in Region 3-AAAA; York 5-7, 1-4 in Region 3-AAAA.
Chester 61, Chapman 34
The Cyclones turned up the pressure in the second quarter and pulled away from Chapman to claim their second region win in as many outings.
Diamond Simpson led the way for Chester with 18 points. Porcelain Goldsboro added a dozen for Chester as they evened their record at 8-8.
Chester - Shaterrica Mayfield 4, Shannon Snelgrove 8, Donnesha Crockett 7, Porcelain Goldsboro 12, Alexus Young 4, Tericka Sanders 6, Diamond Simpson 18, Stakerica Sanders 2.
Chapman - Christi Fowler 10, Chalin Teheck 8, Aahlyia Moore 18, Katrina Burgess 2, Daisha Brownlee 4.
3-points goals - Chester 1 (Snelgrove 1), Chapman 3 (Moore 3).
Team fouls - Chester 7, Chapman 11. Fouled out - None.
Records: Chester 8-8, 2-0 in Region 3-AAA.