Compiled by Sam Copeland
An aggressive defense forced several turnovers for Nation Ford and allowed Northwestern to get several second-chance opportunities as it cruised to a 53-33 win to stay perfect in Region 3-AAAA.
The Falcons had 27 turnovers and Northwestern started pulling away in the second quarter.
The Trojans were led by Paige Samuelson and Ieshia Love, both of whom scored 10 points as the team shot 38 percent from the field. Nation Ford was led by Taylor Yarborough, who scored 18 points to lead all scorers.
Northwestern started the third quarter on a 6-0 run and went up 34-14 with about 4:30 left in the quarter.
Turnovers continued to be an issue for Nation Ford, as they were in the first half. The Falcons turned it over five times, compared to just once for Northwestern. The Falcons also couldn’t seem to get any shots to fall. Nation Ford hit just three third-quarter field goals on 14 attempts.
Nation Ford had 12 second-quarter turnovers as the Trojans took a 28-12 lead at the half. Northwestern scored 20 second quarter points and held the Falcons to just five points in the quarter and just four first half field goals.
“We try to get a lot of scores off our defense,” said Trojans coach John Bramlett. “We ended up getting early baskets off our press.”
For Northwestern, the Trojans took 38 first half shots hitting about a third of them, most of them coming from right around the basket.
The Falcons had 20 first half turnovers and Northwestern had 10, but was able to make up for the majority of theirs by creating turnovers by Nation Ford.
Northwestern consistently outrebounded Nation Ford and used their height to get the advantage on the glass. As far as the turnovers, the Trojans were all over the court and kept Nation Ford off balanced.
Nation Ford 33
Northwestern – Ieshia Love 10, Paige Samuelson 10, Mariah McCoy 9, Cayse Branyon 8, Natalie Henderson 7, Sha’shay Alexander 5, Aubriana Thompson 4.
Nation Ford – Taylor Yarborough 18, Tiaira Potts 4, Zippy Lincoln 4, Dani Shaddix 3, Chelsea Gant 2, Jessie Raniszewski 2.
3-pointers - Northwestern 3 (Love 2, Branyon 1), Nation Ford 1 (Potts 1). Team fouls - Northwestern 9, Nation Ford 9. Fouled out - None.
Records: Northwestern 12-2, 7-0 Region 3-AAAA; Nation Ford 9-7, 3-4 Region 3-AAAA.
Clover 54, Rock Hill 45
Sophomore forward Elizabeth Edmunds got Clover off to a hot start Tuesday night against Rock Hill. When the Bearcats made a huge run at the Blue Eagles in the third period, it was Edmunds who stepped up to stop the rally.
Her 11 points helped the home team prevail and break a tie with Rock Hill for second place in Region 3-AAAA. Both teams lost to first-place Northwestern last week.
The Bearcats started the second half on a 13-2 run to cut a 14-point halftime lead to 34-31. Edmunds, who had eight of Clover’s first 12 points in the game, then drilled a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 Blue Eagles run and push the advantage back out to 10.
“Good teams always make runs and we talked about that at halftime but they did it anyway,” Clover coach Sherer Hopkins said. “Fortunately, we were able to hit a big shot to stop the run. We count on Elizabeth to score.”
Clover also used a 7-0 spurt to end the first stanza with a 19-7 lead. Rock Hill seniors Ze’Kiya Knox and Shaunte’ Young each had six points in the third period to help cut the Clover lead to nine. Knox also had seven points in the second quarter, in which she made 5-of-6 free throws. She had a team-high 14. Senior Aaliyah Knox led the home team with 12.
Clover - Aaliyah Knox 12, Lauren Richardson 11, Alexis Brice 10, Breshayla Hall 4, Ryehia Robbins 10, Asia Good 4.
Rock Hill - Ze’Kiya Knox 14, Asia Potts 9, Shaunte’ Young 6, Chelsey Dorsey 11, Whitney Simpson 5.
3-pointers - Clover 3 (Robbins 2, Edmunds1), Rock Hill 3 (Dorsey 2, Potts 1). Team fouls - Clover 9, Rock Hill 17. Fouled out - None.
Records: Clover 14-3, 6-1 in Region 3-AAAA; Rock Hill 8-7, 5-2 in Region 3-AAA.
Fort Mill 60, South Pointe 54
The Jackets regrouped from a third-quarter deficit and scored the game’s final six points, proving to be the difference in a thrilling road victory over South Pointe.
Fort Mill (5-9, 1-6 Region 3-AAAA) was clinging to a one-point edge with 36.3 seconds remaining, but came up with crucial defensive stops down the stretch.
After grabbing rebounds, the Jackets came up clutch at the foul line, sinking four-of-six down the stretch to pick up their first win in league play.
“I am proud that our girls were able to finish when we needed to,” Jackets coach Christine Newyak said. “Both teams played real hard and each deserved to win.”
South Pointe coach Brett Childers challenged his team after trailing by six at the half. He said that the team responded with their best quarter of the season, which resulted in a 14-2 run for a 35-29 Stallions lead.
The Stallions applied full-court pressure defense, leading to several Fort Mill turnovers during the stretch to put South Pointe in control.
However, the Jackets rode the floor-leadership of guard Madison Hendrix, who repeatedly broke the press and set up teammates for interior hoops.
“She is not easily rattled and did an outstanding job at controlling tempo,” Childers said of the Jackets’ guard.
Hendrix, who had 15 points, ignited Fort Mill back from a 42-35 deficit with 2:30 remaining in the third. The Jackets ended the period on an 11-4 surge to tie the contest, 46-46. T’Keia Williams nailing a 3-pointer to tie the contest, 52-52, with 5:28 remaining.
Fort Mill was able to apply stiff defense down the stretch, yielding only two more Stallions points. Meanwhile, the Jackets capitalized on free throw opportunities and was able to put the contest away in the closing seconds.
Fort Mill - Hannah-Kate Christopher 6, Ally Abbott 8, Madison Hendrix 15, Sierra Patterson 2, Payton Carter 4, Arianna Grevious 9, Lauren Wood 15.
South Pointe - Breanna Davis 4, T’Keia Williams 6, Lindsay Bradley 3, Kyra Currence 4, Deiona Davis 5, Israelle Clark 20, Ashley Jaggars 12, Cameron Davis 2.
3-pointers - Fort Mill 0, South Pointe 7 (Clark 6, Jaggers 1). Team fouls - Fort Mill 14, South Pointe 13. Fouled out - None.
Records: Fort Mill 7-9, 1-6 in Region 3-AAAA; South Pointe 5-9, 1-6 in Region 3-AAAA.
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