Clover, Chester, Fort Mill girls win opening-day games in Clover basketball tournament

scopeland@heraldonline.comNovember 27, 2013 

— Four girls teams posted wins in the opening round of the Clover Optimist Classic at Clover High School on Tuesday.

Chester, Fort Mill, Clover, and Orangeburg-Wilkinson picked up victories on the opening day of competition.

The Chester Cyclones edged the Nation Ford Falcons 42-39. The Cyclones led 28-21 after three quarters and withstood a Falcons rally in the final quarter to pick up the win.

Porcelain Goldsborough led Chester with 11 points. Deja Marshall added nine to the winning cause. Taylor Yarborough paced Nation Ford with 14 and Alixis Roccia added nine.

The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets got their win with a 49-42 decision over the sixth-ranked Ridge View Blazers. Fort Mill jumped to a 25-12 lead after one quarter and held on down the stretch for the victory.

Madison Hendrix led Fort Mill with 17 and Kayla Godwin added 12. Erica Tisdale was the top scorer for Ridge View with 17 points.

The Clover Blue Eagles broke a 36-36 tie in the final three minutes and claimed a 41-37 win over the Newberry Bulldogs. Newberry led 25-18 at intermission, but Clover tied the score at 36 with a solid comeback effort in the second half.

Katelynn Kipp led Clover with 12 points. Shay Hall addded 11 points to the winning effort. Kelsey Felks topped Newberry with eight points, and Tyshira Bates chipped in six.

The Orangeburg-Wilkinson Bruins picked up a 53-45 win over the Lancaster Bruins. The Bruins led 28-19 at halftime, but Lancaster rallied down the stretch before falling short.

Deloria Howard paced Orangeburg-Wilkinson with 13 points, while Zaria Snipes added 11 to the balanced scoring attack. Kia Hough led Lancaster with 19, while Phoebe Johnson added six.

The Northwestern girls and Clover boys played the late games in the opening round.

Play continues Wednesday in both divisions. The girls teams are split into three groups. Two of the groups will crown champions on Wednesday, with the third to be decided on Friday. The boys championship is Friday.

In other local boys basketball action on Tuesday, Westminster Catawba’s Indians toppled Carolina Christian 71-61.

Luke Hamrick led the Indians with 21 points. Brandon Laurencin added 16, and Ben Brugge chipped in 15. Will Player led Carolina Christian with 18.

Westminster Catawba improved to 2-3 with the victory.

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