Compiled by Sam Copeland
An all-senior starting lineup scored the first 11 points of the game for the Northwestern girls on Tuesday night, and the Region 3-AAAA champs scored a lucky 13th straight region win, 54-37 over the Nation Ford Falcons on senior night.
Sha’Shay Alexander and Natalie Henderson had six and five points, respectively, in the opening quarter, as the Trojans led 13-2 after one.
“They’ve (seniors) won, over the last three years, 37 games now,” Northwestern coach John Bramlett said.
The Falcons did not light the scoreboard until a bucket by Zippy Lincoln with 1:45 left in the first quarter.
Nation Ford used a 7-0 run midway through the second period to cut the lead to 22-17 but Northwestern ended the half on a 7-0 spurt of its own to nullify that and push the advantage back to 34-21 at the half. Senior Mariah McCoy was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining and hit all three charity tosses for the Trojans. The Falcons threw the length of the court but Taylor Yarborough missed a layup at the buzzer. She led all scorers with eight in the quarter.
McCoy opened the third with a three and a basket by Alexander finished a 12-0 run for the Trojans spanning halftime. Yarborough scored six in the period for the Falcons, and she hit a lay-up at the buzzer on a similar play as the end of the first half. Alexander led Northwestern with 16 and Yarborough matched her with 16 for Nation Ford. The Trojans will look to complete a perfect region season Friday night at Rock Hill High.
Northwestern 54, Nation Ford 37
Nation Ford - Taylor Yarborough 16, Zippy Lincoln 8, Briley Prince 6, Tiarra Potts 3, Liz Ellwood 2, Dani Shaddix 2.
Northwestern - Sha’Shay Alexander 16, Mariah McCoy 8, Aubriana Thompson 8, Cayse Branyon 7, Natalie Henderson 5, Courtney Cunningham-Heath 4, London Minor 3, Paige Samuelson 3.
3-pointers - Nation Ford 1 (Potts 1), Northwestern 3 (Branyon 1, McCoy 1, Minor 1). Team Fouls - Nation Ford 13, Northwestern 13. Fouled out - None.
Records: Northwestern 18-2, 13-0 in Region 3-AAAA; Nation Ford 10-12, 4-9 in Region 3-AAAA.
Clover 52, Rock Hill 48
The Blue Eagles defeated Rock Hill in a battle for second place in Region 3-AAAA. The win secured second place for Clover as region games come to a close this Friday.
The Blue Eagles were led by Elizabeth Edmunds with 13 points. Ashia Good and Sydney Sanders both tallied 10 points each. Clover jumped out to a 19-10 first quarter lead, led by two 3-pointers each by Edmunds and Sanders.
Rock Hill rallied in the second quarter to take a lead into the half, led by the play of Asia Potts who chipped in 8 of her game-high 19 points. Clover was able to regain the lead and hold on for the win.
Clover - Elizabeth Edmunds 13, Sydney Sanders 10, Ashia Good 10, Ryehia Robbins 6, Aaliyah Knox 6, Lauren Richards 4, Maggie Ballard 1.
Rock Hill - A. Potts 19, Dorsey 13, Z. Knox 6, S Young 6, A. Ervin 2, W. Simpson 2.
3-pointers - Clover 5 (Sanders 3, Edmunds 2), Rock Hill 2 (Dorsey 2). Team Fouls - Clover 15, Rock Hill 17. Fouled out - None.
Records: Clover 17-6, 9-4 in Region 3-AAAA; Rock Hill 11-10, 8-5 in Region 3-AAAA.
Chester 56, Woodruff 19
The Cyclones scored 18 points in the opening quarter and never looked back as they routed Woodruff in a Region 3-AAA contest.
Shaterrica Mayfield and Porcelain Goldsborough led Chester with 16 and 12 points, respectively. In all, 10 players scored for Chester as it solidified its hold on second place in the region heading into the final game of the regular season Thursday.
Woodruff - Jada Younce 4, Kristina Lober 2, Allishondra Durham 4, Sara Jennings 9.
Chester - Shaterrica Mayfield 16, Destiny Isom 2, Shannon Snelgrove 9, Donnesha Crockett 2, Porcelain Goldsborough 12, Alexus Young 3, Tierica Sanders 7, Deja Marshall 2, Victoria Wright 1, Brownee McCrorey 2.
3-pointers - Woodruff 0, Chester 2 (Mayfield 1, Snelgrove 1). Team Fouls - Woodruff 17, Chester 9. Fouled out - None.
Records: Chester 13-10, 7-2 in Region 3-AAA.