Compiled by Sam Copeland
Northwestern junior point guard Aubriana Thompson took matters into her own hands to start the second half Tuesday night at Fort Mill High School. Thompson went on a personal 6-0 run to push the Trojans’ lead to 15 points, and the visitors cruised to a 70-54 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Thompson, who finished with 12 points, was a constant pest to the Jackets with numerous steals and layups. Her run spurred a 16-3 spree from Northwestern to blow the game open. Senior forward Cayse Branyon also had six in the period.
Sophomore Ally Abbott led a valiant Fort Mill comeback in the fourth with nine straight points in a 14-0 run to cut the lead to 65-50 with 3:00 left. She came off the bench to lead the Jackets with 14. Freshman Madison Hendrix had 11. The Trojans were led by senior forward Mariah McCoy’s 22.
The Trojans, who gave head coach John Bramlett his 100th win, took a 33-23 lead with a 14-4 spurt in the second quarter. The run was fueled by three 3-pointers, the last one coming from McCoy, who had seven points in the run and 13 in the period. Fort Mill senior guard Rae Lynch ended the run with her second three of the game with 1:30 left in the half. She had seven points in the quarter and ten in the half.
Northwestern 70, Fort Mill 54
Northwestern - Mariah McCoy 22, Aubriana Thompson 12, Cayse Branyon 9, Sha’Shay Alexander 6, London Minor 6, Courtney Cunningham-Heath 4, Natalie Henderson 3, Ieshia Love 3, Whitney Conner 2, Paige Samuelson 2, Ashley VanBoven 1.
Fort Mill - Ally Abbott 14, Madison Hendrix 11, Rae Lynch 10, Hannah-Kate Christopher 6, Arianna Grevious 4, Lauren Wood 4, Kayla Godwin 3, Sierra Patterson 2.
3-pointers - Northwestern 5 (Branyon 2, Minor 2, McCoy 1), Fort Mill - 3 (Lynch 2, Hendrix 1). Team fouls - Northwestern 15, Fort Mill 13. Fouled out - None. Technicals - Love (NW).
Records: Northwestern 14-2, 9-0 in Region 3-AAAA; Fort Mill 8-10, 2-7 in Region 3-AAAA.
Rock Hill 39, Nation Ford 37
Rock Hill staved off Nation Ford for an important Region 3-AAAA win. The victory snapped a three-game skid for the Bearcats (9-8, 6-3), and kept the Falcons (10-8, 4-5) from pulling even with Kennon Orr’s squad in the region standings.
The Falcons trailed 17-11 at the half after an offensively barren first 16 minutes. Nation Ford scored just three fields goal in the first half, though the Bearcats weren’t much better with just five.
But Mike Smith’s team got going in the second half, grabbing a briefly held lead when Dani Shaddix, who scored 12, finished near the rim to put Nation Ford ahead 21-20. That lead was short-lived as Orr’s club finished the quarter on a 6-1 burst to take a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Nation Ford standout Taylor Yarborough was limited to just 13 points, but she scored nine of those in the second half, including a weaving drive for two that tied the score at 33 all with 2:18 left. But Chelsea Dorsey, who led Rock Hill with 12 points, hit five free throws in the last minute to clinch the win for the host Lady Bearcats.
Nation Ford - Jessie Raniszewski 4, Tiarra Potts 2, Zippy Lincoln 6, Taylor Yarborough 13, Dani Shaddix 12.
Rock Hill - Tomesha Brown 2, Amber Strait 1, Ze’Kiya Knox 10, Asia Potts 5, Shaunte Young 9, Chelsea Dorsey 12.
3-pointers - None. Team fouls - Nation Ford 18, Rock Hill 18. Fouled out - Zippy Lincoln (NF).
Records: Nation Ford 10-8, 4-5 in Region 3-AAAA; Rock Hill 9-8, 6-3 in Region 3-AAAA.
South Pointe 57, York 28
South Pointe used a 22-7 surge in the third quarter to put the contest out of reach in a road victory over York in Region 3-AAAA play.
The Stallions held an 11-point lead at the half, 30-19, but stepped up with defensive pressure to force multiple turnovers in the third.
South Pointe coach Bret Childers said that his team approached the contest as a “must-win” situation to remain in the hunt for the state playoffs.
“Every game from this point on is a must-win for us,” Childers said. “Our girls came out and played as hard as they could, especially defensively.”
Israelle Clark, who netted two 3-pointers, led South Pointe with 15, followed by Deione Davis with 11.
South Pointe - Breanna Davis 4, Denisha Hall 5, T’Keia Williams 4, Lindsey Bradley 9, Deione Davis 11, Israelle Clark 15, Ashley Jaggers 8, Shay Robinson 1.
York - Hannah Cassell 4, Letrellini Mobley 3, Najha Feaster 6, Alawna Orr 2, Aubrey Wood 2, Taylr Sharp 4, Carrie Lee Lancaster 6, Grace Good 1.
3-pointers - South Pointe 5 (Hall 1, Bradley 1, Davis 1, Clark 2), York 1 (Mobley 1). Team fouls - South Pointe 13, York 9. Fouled out - None.
Records: South Pointe 7-9, 3-6 in Region 3-AAAA, York 1-8 in Region 3-AAAA.
Chester 37, Clinton 31
The Cyclones fell behind early, but rebounded with a solid defensive effort to claim a come-from-behind region win over Clinton.
Chester trailed 10-7 after one period and 17-10 at halftime. They turned up the defensive pressure in the third period. That got them back in the game, and eventually led to the victory.
They took the lead for good midway through the fourth period. Porcelain Goldsborough led the way for Chester with 13 points.
The victory kept the Cyclones undefeated in region play.
Chester - Shaterrica Mayfield 2, Destiny Isom 3, Shannon Snelgrove 5, Porcelain Goldsborough 13, Alexus Young 3, Diamond Simpson 4, Brownie McCrorey 3, Stakeria Sanders 4.
Clinton - Chyra Davis 2, Caprice Harp 4, Gabrielle Bates 11, Samia Sanders 5, Queena Cuningham 5, Bredaisha Walls 4.
3-pointers - Chester 2 (Isom 1, Snellgrove 1), Clinton 0. Team fouls - Chester 14, Clinton 10. Fouled out - None.
Records: Chester 12-8, 6-0 in Region 3-AAA.