GASTONIA, N.C. — Turnovers and fouls plagued the Fort Mill boys in their first loss of the season Thursday, as they fell to the Forestview Jaguars 67-56.
Fort Mill also didn’t shoot the ball well, going 21-for-61 from the field. They also struggled from the charity stripe going 11-for-27.
Despite the poor shooting, the Yellow Jackets hung around in the fourth quarter.
Fort Mill (2-1) started pressing Forestview to start the fourth quarter and was able to close a 14-point gap by opening the final quarter on an 11-2 run to cut the Jaguars lead to four.
The Jackets played smart early and went for the high percentage shot in the paint and along the baseline.
However, after closing the gap, Forestview’s Ben Hinton hit a key 3-pointer to open the game back up and allow the Jaguars to pull away.
“We got it back to within four points,” said Jackets coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “I am proud of the way we battled back. We could have given up. We had a chance with about five minutes to go.”
The Jackets came out pressuring the Jaguars in the second half, but Forestview slowed the pace of the first half for more of a set offense, which Fort Mill struggled to stop.
Fort Mill also struggled with turnovers and to establish an offense of its own. On defense, Fort Mill also left the paint open for the Jaguars to take advantage of, as well as giving them extra opportunities on the glass by getting outrebounded by them.
The Jackets hit just two of their first nine shots in the third quarter before Hartsoe took a timeout trailing 45-31.
After the timeout, Fort Mill gave the ball to senior Devan Thacker, who aggressively found his way to the basket, scoring five of the team’s nine third quarter points. Thacker led the Jackets with 24 points, with 17 coming in the second half.
Forestview’s Nate Hinton hit a momentum swinging 3-pointer near the start of the second quarter, as Fort Mill had two straight turnovers, while the Jaguars took a 20-18 lead.
Another 3-pointer by the Jaguars’ Jordan Diggs and some more turnovers by the Jackets were part of what led Forestview on a 14-0 run in the quarter.
Fort Mill struggled to keep up and because of turnovers didn’t have the scoring chances that the Jaguars did. The Jackets also struggled from the foul line going just 1-5 in the quarter. Forestview on the other hand went 10-12. For the game, the Jaguars converted 27 of 40 free throws.
Fort Mill opened the game on a 7-0 run forced four straight turnovers on defense with a 3-2 zone approach. Forestview tried to trap the ball, but the Jackets were able to break it.
Fort Mill’s 3-pointers fell early to help give them the early lead. Forestview started to figure out how the Jackets were able to break the press and ended ups putting a stop to it. Fort Mill started turning the ball over allowing the Jaguars to claw its way back in the game.
Poor ball handling also was a struggle for the Jackets leading to the turnovers. Forestview used the philosophy of going to the hole to draw the foul for the three point play, which if nothing else helped them get to the line six times.
Fort Mill 73, Forestview 47: Fort Mill continued its impressive start to the season by sweeping the Jaguars.
Fort Mill was led by sophomore Madison Hendrix and freshman Meredith Christopher, who both scored 12 as the Yellow Jackets improved to 5-1 on the season.
The game started to get out of hand in the second half as the whistle seemed to blow up and down the court every trip for each team. Fort Mill had 31 fouls called against them and Forestview had 18. The Jaguars went to the line 36 times.
“They flexed their muscles in the second half and we got a little helter skelter,” said Fort Mill coach Brett Childers. “The good thing was we had a big lead. We are young and we have to learn to play with that type of lead. There are some things we can improve on.”
The Jackets opened the second half with a 22-point lead. Fort Mill flowed like a well-seasoned team on both ends of the court at times, but also struggled with turnovers in the second half.
The teams combined for 55 turnovers.
Fort Mill continued its aggressive play by scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter to go up 43-13. The Jackets did struggle with turnovers in the third quarter as Forestview started to play more aggressively in attempting to rally.
Forestview started to press Fort Mill to start the second quarter to slow the game down and tried trapping the ball, which the Jackets were able to easily escape out of.
The Jaguars still controlled the boards in the second quarter, but its ball handling continued to struggle. In turn that limited the number of shot opportunities they got.
Fort Mill continued to make the most of its chances as Kayla Godwin had two 3-pointers to push the Jackets’ lead to 31-7 at one point.
Forestview struggled from the field, despite out rebounding the Jackets in the opening quarter, they couldn’t convert on second chance opportunities.
Fort Mill opened the game scoring the first 13 points, coming mostly on turnovers as the Jaguars didn’t score until about 90 seconds left in the quarter. Forestview had eight first quarter turnovers.