The first day of the eighth annual Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic at Rock Hill High School is complete, and both Rock Hill teams and Chester’s girls moved into the winner’s bracket with wins in their respective divisions.
In the girls’ division Rock Hill, Chester, West Charlotte, and Butler were the winners in the first round of play on Friday.
• The Rock Hill Bearcats moved along with a 63-49 win over the Olympic Trojans.
The Bearcats led 22-21 at halftime, but they broke it open in the second half and pulled away for the victory. Rock Hill outscored Olympic by 11 points in the second half to pick up the win.
Asia Potts led the way for Rock Hill with 26 points and Shareena Patterson added nine. Janesha Mohammed was the leading scorer for Olympic with 31 points.
• The Chester Cyclones advanced to the winner’s bracket with a 63-47 win over the Vance Cougars. The Cyclones trailed 11-6 after one quarter, but they rallied to take a 24-22 lead at intermission. They took control in the third period by outscoring Vance 21-13.
Diamond Simpson led a trio of Cyclones in double figures with 14 points. T’Erica Sanders added 13, while Stakeria Sanders tossed in 10. That balanced scoring effort and a solid rebounding performance by the Cyclones led to the victory.
Destin Reed led Vance with 21 points. She had four goals from beyond the arc. Tyesha Littlejohn chipped in 13 for the Cougars.
• The Butler Bulldogs advanced to the winner’s bracket with a 56-42 decision over the Nation Ford Falcons. The Bulldogs led 26-20 at intermission, but some torrid shooting from three-point range allowed them to pull away for the victory. Butler made seven baskets from beyond the arc in the second half.
Erin Whitley led the offensive attack for the Bulldogs with 11 points. Fairen Sutton scored 12 points with all of them coming on four field goals from beyond the arc. Taylor Yarborough was high-scorer for Nation Ford and the game with 16 points. Alixis Roccia and Sydney Adams each scored six points for the Falcons.
In final girls’ contest in the first round the West Charlotte Lions routed the Lugoff-Elgin Demons 97-39.
In the boys division, Rock Hill, South Meck, A. C. Flora and Phillip O’Berry moved into the winner’s bracket with opening round victories.
• The Rock Hill Bearcats jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Lewisville Lions 59-34.
After the first period the Bearcats led 23-7 thanks to 11 points by Warren Vinson. By halftime Rock Hill was in front 35-14 and in complete control on both ends of the floor.
The Bearcats continued the enslaught in the third quarter, and when it was over they led 46-23. The Bearcats dominated the boards from the begining, and the balanced scoring attack featured three players in double figures. In all ten players scored for Rock Hill.
Vinson, whose hot hand staked Rock Hill to its quick lead, finished with 13 points. Japree Perry also scored 13 points for the Bearcats, while Jamil Simpson tossed in 12. Perry and D’nylij’ah Williams led the rebounding effort for Rock Hill.
• The South Meck Sabres came from behind in the fourth period to force overtime and eventually pull out a 55-50 win over the Nation Ford Falcons.
The Falcons led 26-18 at halftime and 37-29 after three quarters, but South Meck rallied to tie it at 50 and send the game to overtime. The Sabres got some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to key the comeback and force the overtime session.
DaiSean McCain scored on a 10-foot jumper in the lane to give Nation Ford a 45-43 lead with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. Khayleb Connelly sent the contest into overtime with a pair of charity tosses with four seconds left.
Connelly made six charity tosses in the overtime period to key the victory. He finished the game with 11 points, while Myles Wilkins and Jared Patterson each added nine to the winning cause.
Riley Hilton was high-scorer for the Falcons and the game with 17 points. He got help from McCain, who had nine, and Hank Tuipulotu, who scored eight.
In the other boys games A. C. Flora defeated St. James 67-39 and Phillip O’Berry topped Berry 50-37.
In other tournament action on Friday night, the South Pointe Stallions defeated Luella 64-50 in the Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia.
In boys’ regular season play the Great Falls Red Devils routed the Whitmire Wolverines 86-25.
Coach John Smith’s Red Devils broke on top 27-6 after one period and coasted on from there for the one-sided victory.
Jamarcus Culp led a trio of Great Falls players in double figures with 19 points. Mardre Dean added 13 points to the winning effort, while Nigel Simpson tossed in 11. In all 10 players scored for Great Falls.
The win improved Great Falls to 4-3 on the season. The next game for the Red Devils will be next week in the Andrew Jackson Christmas Tounament.
In girls’ regular season action, the Northwestern Trojans toppled the South Pointe Stallions 60-50.