ROCK HILL — For every action, there is a reaction.
The Trojan girls demonstrated the law of motion for Wade Hampton on every occasion except one, as the Generals shocked the sixth-ranked Northwestern 71-68, knocking them out of the Class 4A state playoffs and costing them a trip to the Upper State championship Friday in Greenville.
After tying the game at 68 with 9.3 seconds left, the Generals were able to grab a rebound off of a free-throw and give it to junior Emma Winiski, who drained her fifth three-pointer of the game with 5.4 seconds left, giving Wade Hampton the win. Winiski hit all five shots she took in the game.
Northwestern inbounded the ball and tried to move it up the court as time expired.
The Trojans were the second ranked victims of Wade Hampton this week. The Generals also beat fourth-ranked Spring Valley to earn the third-round game against Northwestern.
We play in a tough region, said Generals head coach Eric Burrow. We have been battled, tested all year long. We came out nervous, but the last four or five minutes of the game, we were able to make the plays we needed.
On the other hand, Northwestern was tough all night, but struggled in the fourth quarter as they were outscored 27-15. They also had four costly turnovers and went nearly ice cold from the foul line, going 3-10.
The Lady Trojans had a better field goal percentage in the final period hitting 6 of 7 shots, but Wade Hampton went 9-for-14 from the field and went 3-for-5 from the line.
We didnt handle the game the way we should have, said Northwestern head coach John Bramlett. They (Wade Hampton) shot the ball well. Hopefully, we will learn from it. I am not upset with my girls. I am very proud of what they have done this season. Every time we seem we had the game in hand, they (Wade Hampton) made big shots.
Northwestern had a 53-44 lead entering the fourth quarter but started the final period with a turnover. Both squads matched each other basket-for-basket early, but Wade Hampton quickly went on a 6-0 run to cut the gap.
The Generals then pulled within two points at 66-64 with 1:40 left, and Northwestern struggled to put them away.
Wade Hampton was led by senior Nikki Youngs 24 points, 13 of which came in the final period; her bucket tied the game at 68 with just 9.3 seconds left.
Northwestern was led by senior Mariah McCoy, who scored 21 points, and junior Aubriana Thompson, who scored 17 points, 13 in the second half.
The Trojans came out of the locker room after halftime with a six-point lead but looked as if they might pull away after scoring the first two buckets of the third quarter.
But Wade Hampton answered them and pulled within three at 38-35 as both teams went to a full-court press against each other.
Each squad matched the other basket for basket in the second quarter and it was Northwesterns three-point shooting in the first quarter that gave them a 15-9 lead after one.
Wade Hampton struggled in the first quarter going 3-for-15 from the field, while the Lady Trojans were some better hitting six shots, three of them from beyond the arc.
Wade Hampton 71, Northwestern 68
Wade Hampton Nikki Young 24, Emma Winiski 15, Rebecca Spry 15, Alexis Dillard 9, Madison Bailey 5, Marilyn Malphrus 3.
Northwestern Mariah McCoy 21, Aubriana Thompson 17, Shashay Alexander 11, Natalie Henderson 8, Ieshia Love 7, Cayse Branyon 2, Courtney Cunningham 1, Paige Samuelson 1.
3-pointers Wade Hampton 8 (Winiski 5, Spry 3), Northwestern 6 (McCoy 5, Love 1).
Team fouls Wade Hampton 18, Northwestern 19.
Fouled out Natalie Henderson (NW).
Records: Wade Hampton 24-3, Northwestern 21-3.