The West Charlotte and Butler girls and the South Meck boys moved into Monday’s championship games with wins Saturday on the second day of play in the Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic at Rock Hill High School.
In the girls’ division, the the West Charlotte Lions used a strong third quarter to take a 10-point lead and register a 65-57 win over the Rock Hill Bearcats.
The Lions erased Rock Hill’s six-point first period lead to tie the count at 30-30 at halftime. They outscored Rock Hill 15-5 in the third quarter and never trailed again.
Rachel Porter led the charge for the Lions with 30 points. Iman Donaldson added 12 and Kalie Mayo 10.
Rock Hill was led by Asia Potts with 18 points. Sharena Patterson and Tilandra Staton added to the Rock Hill attack with eight each.
Butler 48, Chester 47 (OT): The Bulldogs got a 3-pointer from Fairen Sutton with 31 seconds remaining in overtime to take the lead and hang on to edge the Cyclones.
The Bulldogs led 9-6 after one period, and extended it to 20-15 at intermission. Chester regrouped and came back to tie it at 29-29 after three quarters.
Deja Marshall’s 6-footer from the baseline with 11 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game and sent it to the overtime session.
The Cyclones took a 47-45 lead with 46 seconds remaining in overtime when Sta’Keria Sanders scored on a layup. On their next possession the Bulldogs got a 3-pointer from Sutton to take the lead for good and move to championship contest.
Laura Hayes led Butler with 23 points, including 12 in the first half. Her 3-point goal with 13 seconds left in the second quarter gave Butler its 20-15 lead at halftime.
Sutton finished with seven, while Keyanah Richardson tossed in 6. Chester was led by Marshall’s 13 points. Diamond Simpson added ten, while Alexus Young chipped in seven.
Nation Ford 61, Vance 33: The Falcons moved into Monday’s fifth place game with a victory over the Cougars.
The Falcons led 28-19 at halftime, and outscored the Cougars 15-6 in the third quarter to take a commanding 43-25 lead. They coasted on from there to win for the fifth time in the last seven games after starting 0-3.
Taylor Yarborough led the Falcons with 14 points. Zippy Lincoln and Alixis Roccia joined her in double figures with 10 points each.
In the other girls’ game in the second round, the Olympic Trojans routed the Lugoff-Elgin Demons 90-19.
South Meck 53, Phillip O’Berry 49 (2 OT): The Sabres earned a trip to the finals with a double overtime win over Phillip O’Berry. They will face the Rock Hill-A.C.Flora winner in the title game Monday night. That game was not complete at press time.
South Meck led 19-9 at halftime, but Phillip O’Berry rallied to take a 26-22 lead after three period. The Sabres battled back in the fourth period to tie the contest at 34-all at the end of regulation.
Khayleh Connelly was the hero for the second straight night for the South Meck. He made three free throws in the final 20 seconds, including a pair to ice the win with 3 seconds to go.
Connelly finished with a game-high 14 points. Jared Patterson added 11 for the Sabres as they won their second overtime contest in the tournament.
Nation Ford 44, Woodberry 35: The Falcons moved into the fifth place game.
Woodberry led 7-6 after one period, but Nation Ford battled back and led 17-14 at halftime. The Falcons held a slim 27-24 lead after three periods, and they were nearly perfect from the free throw down the stretch to pick up the victory. Nation Ford made 11 charity tosses in the final quarter.
Mike Campbell led Nation Ford with 14 points. Dalton Rose added 13, while Riley Hilton chipped in nine. Hunter Ethridge paced Woodberry with 9 and Sacha Killeya-Jones added eight.
St. James 54, Lewisville 17: The Sharks jumped out to an 18-4 lead after the first quarter and went on to defeat the Lions.
The Sharks led 36-10 at intermission and coasted home from there. Jackson Hurston and Donivan Phillips led St. James with 10 points each. Cody Montgomery was the top scorer for the Lions with six points.
• Basketball was not the only sport being played as several area wrestling teams were participating in weekend tournaments at various locations.
Top-ranked Rock Hill finished with an 8-1 mark for the weekend and a second place finish in the Sun Valley Duals in North Carolina.
The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets finished fifth in a field of 51 teams in the Seahawk Slam in Savannah, Georgia. The fifth place finish by the Yellow Jackets was the highest finish of any South Carolina team in the event.