Compiled by Sam Copeland
Northwestern held off Lancaster 40-31 in a testy girls basketball tilt Friday night in Rock Hill. The Trojans build a 12-point fourth quarter lead, but the Bruins fought back, even closing the gap to 39-31 with 37 seconds left. Northwestern hit 9 of 11 foul shots in the fourth quarter to win its seventh straight and stay unbeaten in Region 3 play.
“I give it to our girls, they gutted it out,” said Northwestern coach John Bramlett. “Our offense was not very good tonight. We missed some shots we usually make and some of that was them, and some of it was because of us. But regardless of how many we score, if you hold a high school team in the 30’s, you have played pretty good defense.”
As close as Lancaster got, Ronnie Robinson’s team only had itself to blame for a bevy of unforced errors that prevented them from ever mounting a serious second half comeback bid.
“We did a better job defensively,” said Robinson after the game, “but offensively we hurt ourselves. We missed shots inside, free throws were hurting us. So, we beat ourselves I feel.”
Lancaster’s Phoebe Johnson led all scorers with 17 points, while Mariah McCoy led Northwestern with 12 and Aubriana Thompson kicked in 11.
Lancaster quickly got out to a 6-2 lead behind a couple of buckets by Johnson inside. At around 6-foot-4, Johnson is one of the few post players in the area able to see eye to eye with Northwestern’s Natalie Henderson and Paige Samuelson, who both stand over 6-foot-3.
“She’s got great touch, great hands,” Bramlett said about Johnson. “Anytime she gets the ball inside, it’s trouble.”
Bramlett’s team scratched back into the game, though Johnson was using her girth to hip-check her defenders out of the way very effectively. She did just that to tie the game at 8-8, before the Trojans took off on a 10-0 run spanning the first and second quarters.
McCoy feathered in a foul line jumper with 5 seconds left in the first quarter before Thompson stopped on a nickel and sank a pull-up for a 16-8 Northwestern lead. When Johnson came out for a quick rest, the Trojans were back to their usual size advantage. Three offensive rebounds on one possession led to a Cayse Branyan triple and a 21-9 Northwestern lead. The Bruins scored the last four points of the half, but still trailed the hosts 21-13 at the half.
Lancaster held Northwestern to just three points in the third quarter, but the Bruins only scored six themselves. A 7-0 Trojans run to start the fourth punished the visitors for not taking advantage of their third quarter defensive success.
Northwestern 40, Lancaster 31
Lancaster - Kaela Robinson 3, ShaRon Brunson 3, Aliyah Davis 3, Tilandra Staton 2, Keyotta Garris 3, Phoebe Johnson 17.
Northwestern - Ieshia Love 8, Aubriana Thompson 11, Cayse Branyon 5, Sha’Shay Alexander 1, Natalie Henderson 3, Mariah McCoy 12.
3-pointers: Lancaster 1 (Garris 1), Northwestern 2 (Branyon 1, Love 1).Team fouls - Lancaster 18, Northwestern 16. Fouled out - Johnson (L).
Records: Lancaster 6-9, 4-4 in Region 3-AAAA, Northwestern 13-2, 8-0 in Region 3-AAAA.
Fort Mill 58, Rock Hill 41
Fort Mill picked up its second straight Region 3-AAAA win.
The Jackets were led by Rae Lynch, who scored 15 points as the team had one of their better shooting games from the field going 19-for-49.
Fort Mill coach Christene Benyak said she feels her team is back in the hunt for a playoff spot.
“I hope we can keep running with this,” Benyak said. “We hope to turn this around.”
The fourth quarter wasn’t kind to either squad for the first three minutes as the two teams combined for to go 2-for-10. Rock Hill had a poor shooting night as they shot just 21 percent from the field.
Fort Mill started the third quarter with three straight turnovers as the Bearcats didn’t allow the Jackets to cross midcourt before getting the ball back.
Rock Hill controlled the momentum for the first 2:30 of the third quarter. During that time, the Bearcats outscored Fort Mill 7-2 and cut the lead to 31-24.
Fort Mill coughed the ball up eight times in the third quarter, which allowed the Bearcats to close the gap. Fort Mill was able to end the quarter on a 6-0 run.
Both teams struggled offensively to start the second quarter, until the Jackets got a three-point play from Madison Hendrix which helped Fort Mill start the quarter on an 8-0 run. That run helped propel them to a 20-5 score in the second quarter and a 31-17 lead at the half.
Rock Hill finally got on the board in the quarter when Shaunte Young hit a basket for the Bearcats.
Rock Hill struggled to get anything to fall hitting just two of their first 10 shots. For the Jackets, their dribble drive offense and their long range shots started to fall. Three-point baskets by Lynch and Hendrix helped to extend Fort Mill’s lead.
Fort Mill also made it to the foul line on several occasions converting 8-of-9 foul shots in the first half, while the Bearcats shot just two free throws.
It was a back-and-forth game in the opening quarter as Fort Mill constantly fired the ball up taking several 3-point shots. Fort Mill was able to take an 11-10 lead on Payton Carter’s three-point play, but the only Jackets turnover of the quarter led to a Kia Wells basket and gave Rock Hill the lead back right before the end of the quarter.
Rock Hill - Shaunte Young 12, Asia Potts 12, Chelsy Dorsey 6, Ze’Kiya Knox 4, Tomesha Brown 4, Kia Wells 2, Whitney Simpson 1.
Fort Mill - Rae Lynch 15, Madison Hendrix 10, Ally Abbott 8, Arianna Grevious 8, Lauren Wood 8, Hannah-Kate Christopher 6, Payton Carter 3.
3-pointers - Rock Hill 1 (Dorsey 1), Fort Mill 4 (Lynch 3, Hendrix 1). Team fouls - Rock Hill 20, Fort Mill 16. Fouled out - Abbott (FM).
Records: Rock Hill 8-8, 5-3 Region 3-AAAA; Fort Mill 8-9, 2-6 Region 3-AAAA.
Nation Ford 39, York 23
Taylor Yarborough scored 33 of Nation Ford’s 39 points. Her scoring and a stifling defense led to the Falcons’ region win over York.
Nation Ford overcame a cold start of its own as the Falcons scored only two points in the first quarter. It didn’t take its first lead until six minutes were left in the third quarter. Led by Yarborough they went on a 15-0 run to lead 31-18.
Carrie Lee Lancaster had 15 for the Cougars. She also had four blocked shots.
York - Carrie Lee Lancaster 15, Alawna Orr 2, Aubrey Wood 2, Hannah Cassell 2.
Nation Ford - Taylor Yarborough 33, Zippy Lincoln 4, Abbie Bierken 2.
3-pointers - York 0, Nation Ford 2 (Yarborough 2). Team fouls - York 13, Nation Ford 14. Fouled out - None.
Records: York 6-9, 2-5 in Region 3-AAAA, Nation Ford 11-7, 5-4 in Region 3-AAAA.
South Pointe 54, Clover 30
If you didn’t know better, you would have thought the roles were reversed. The Clover Blue Eagles came in with only one loss in Region 3-AAAA, and the host Stallions had only one win. But it was the home team that led from the jump and never looked back in coasting to an unexpectedly easy win.
“We’ve been playing really well the last few weeks and I’ve been telling them to stay with it,” South Pointe coach Brett Childers said.
South Pointe’s Lindsay Bradley opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and followed that with another jump shot for the game’s first five points. The Stallions led 9-0 before Clover got on the scoreboard at the 1:45 mark of the first quarter when Breshayla Hall made one of two free throws.
The Blue Eagles had a chance to pull even in the third frame but Aaliyah Knox missed five straight free throws with Clover trailing 23-18 halfway through the period. It proved to be a turning point as Bradley followed with a basket and another three as part of an 8-0 Stallion run capped by a long-range bomb from Israelle Clark, one of two for her.
That pushed the South Pointe advantage to 31-18 at the 2:34 mark of the quarter. Bradley added another trifecta with half a minute left in the third for a 36-20 lead. Bradley had eight in the period and a team-high 13 for the game. As a team, the Stallions connected on seven three-pointers.
“Lindsay is one of the kids that picks us up the most,” Childers said.
Elizabeth Edmunds led the Blue Eagles with eight points.
South Pointe - Lindsay Bradley 13, Cameron Davis 8, Israelle Clark 6, Ashley Jaggers 6, Jacovia Cherry 5, Breana Davis 4, Kyra Currence 3, Deiona Davis 3, Chastity Cloud 2, Denisha Hall 2, T’keia Williams 2.
Clover - Elizabeth Edmunds 8, Aaliyah Knox 5, Maggie Ballard 4, Lauren Richardson 4, Carmen McCarter 3, Alexis Brice 2, Zasu Carpenter 2, Ryehia Robbins 2, Breshayla Hall 1.
3-pointers - South Pointe 7 (Bradley 3, Clark 2, Cherry 1, Currence 1) Clover 2 (Ballard 1, Knox 1). Team fouls - South Pointe 14, Clover 7. Fouled out - None.
Records: South Pointe 6-9, 2-6 in Region 3-AAAA, Clover 14-4, 6-2 in Region 3-AAAA.
Great Falls 55, Lewisville 41
Carrie Edwards scored eight of her 14 points in the final two minutes to ignite the Great Falls girls to their first win in region play.
Edwards scored six points of her eight points from the foul line, allowing Great Falls to survive a late Lewisville rally.
Lewisville trailed 44-30 after three quarters, but pulled with within six, 47-41, when Rikoya Anderson sank a 3-pointer and Kadijah Feaster converted two free throws.
However, Great Falls scored the game’s final eight points with Edwards coming through from the foul line.
Andrea Edwards led the Lady Devils with 20 points followed by Edwards and Morgan Lubajack with 14 and 13, respectively.
Anderson led the Lewisville girls with 18 points.
Great Falls - Morgan Lubajack 13, Alexis Patterson 5, Carrie Edwards 14, Breanna Howze 2, Andrea Edwards 20.
Lewisville - Jordan Gwen 7, Moe Fisher 10, Kadijah Feaster 6, Rikoya Anderson 18.
3-pointers - Great Falls 0, Lewisville 6 (Gwen 2, Fisher 2, Anderson 2). Team fouls - Lewisville 17, Great Falls 16. Fouled out - Kendra Cousar (L), Lubajack (GF).
Records: Great Falls 1-3 in Region 3-A, Lewisville 2-11, 0-3 in Region 3-A.
Chester 65, Woodruff 34
The Cyclones started slowly, but turned up the pressure in the second quarter and rolled to a huge region win over Woodruff.
By intermission Chester was in front 38-21, and they never looked back. Pressure defense, a good transition game, and a solid inside game propelled the Cyclones to their 11th win.
The victory improved Chester to 5-0 in the region. Stakeria Sanders and Porcelain Goldsborough led the way for Chester with 12 points each.
Chester - Shaterrica Mayfield 8, Shannon Snelgrove 8, Porcelain Goldsborough 12, Alexus Young 2, Tericka Sanders 2, Diamond Simpson 11, Browniee McCrorey 10, Stakeria Sanders 12.
Woodruff - Rodasia Foster 13, Heather Duncan 2, Amber Vance 4, Alla Durham 3, Sarah Simmons 10, Kayla Barcenas 2.
3-pointers - Chester 1 (Snelgrove 1), Woodruff 3 (Foster 3). Team fouls - Chester 11, Woodruff 14. Fouled out - None.
Records: Chester 11-8, 5-0 in Region 3-AAA.