The Rock Hill boys and the West Charlotte girls claimed titles in the eighth annual Y. C Winborn Holiday Classic Monday at Rock Hill High School.
The Bearcats won their title with a 52-51 victory over the South Meck Sabres. Rock Hill took an early lead, built it to as many as 12 points and survived a last minute rally by South Meck to win the championship.
When Warren Vinson, who was named as tournament MVP, scored on a layup with 7:05 remaining in the game Rock Hill led 41-29. The Sabres rallied behind Grant Hedberg and Khayleb Connelly and cut it to 43-40 with 4:13 remaining.
The Bearcats answered with a 6-0 run for a 51-40 lead with 2:07 to play. Vinson had a layup and a pair of free throws in the scoring spree.
The Sabres rallied to cut it 51-48 with 15 seconds left. On Rock Hill’s next possession, Vinson was fouled and made the first of a two-shot foul for a 52-48 lead with seven ticks left. The Sabres got a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Rock Hill led 18-13 after one period, but South Meck scored the first four points in the second quarter to trim it to 18-17. The ‘Cats went on an 11-0 run for a 29-17 lead just before the end of the first half. Vinson had a pair of field goals in that rally.
Vinson finished with 17 points. He got offensive help from Jordan McCraw, who scored 11 points. Included in McCraw’s total were a pair of key 3-pointers. South Meck was led by Hedberg with 19. Myles Wilkins added 11 and Connelly scored 10.
In the girls championship game the West Charlotte Lions toppled the Butler Bulldogs 55-40.
The Lions led 10-9 after one period and stretched it to 24-18 by intermission. They outscored the Bulldogs 15-6 in third period to take a 39-24 lead and coasted on from there.
Rachel Porter, who was named as the tournament MVP, led the offensive attack with 26 points. Teneitha Stewart added 11 points. Kobe Leigh led Butler with 14 points.
In other boys action Phillip O’Berry claimed third place in the tournament with a 53-49 win over the A. C. Flora Falcons.
Phillip O’Berry took the early lead and stretched it to 28-19 at intermission. The Falcons came back to tie the contest at 34-all after three periods.
Phillip O’Berry had a 47-43 lead with 2:39 to play, and they cashed in free throws down the stretch to claim the win. Victor Harris led the way with 20 points. Rion Davis was the top scorer for A. C. Flora with 22 points.
The Nation Ford Falcons won the fifth place game with a convincing 70-37 win over the St. James Sharks.
The Falcons jumped to a 17-5 lead after one period, and stretched it to 40-13 at halftime. They coasted on from there for the victory.
Mike Campbell led the way for the Falcons with 24 points. He was joined in double figures by Riley Hilton, who tossed in 14. Jacob Zeigler led St. James with 10 points.
Woodberry claimed the seventh place award with a 54-36 decision over the Lewisville Lions.
Woodberry led 19-7 after one period, and they never looked back as they registered their first win on the tournament.
Sacha Killeya-Jones was the top scorer for Woodberry with 24 points. Lewisville was led by Marcus McCullough and Obbie Sarduy with eight points each. Cody Montgomery added seven to the Lions attack.
In other girls games the Rock Hill Bearcats won the third place game with a 61-55 overtime win over the Chester Cyclones.
The Bearcats led 26-16 at halftime, but the Cyclones turned up the pressure in the third quarter. The Cyclones outscored the Bearcats 20-9 and led 36-35 when it the period was over. Chester stretched its lead to 44-37 with 5:29 to play, but Rock Hill rallied to tie it and send it into overtime.
Rock Hill scored the first four points in overtime on layups by Asia Potts and Monique Stevenson to take a 57-53 lead. They made good from the free throw line down the stretch to hold on and win.
Potts led Rock Hill with 21 points. Stevenson and Tilandra Sutton added 16 each for the ‘Cats. Diamond Simpson led Chester with 15 points, including three goals from beyond the arc. Alexus Young added 14 for the Cyclones.
The Nation Ford Falcons won the fifth place game with a 54-46 decision over the Olympic Trojans.
The Lady Falcons trailed at the half by a count of 20-18, but outscored Olympic 21-14 in the third quarter to take the lead. The key was an 8-2 run by the Falcons to open the second half.
Taylor Yarborough led Nation Ford with 25 points. She made 13 of 15 free throws for the game. She got offensive help from Zippy Lincoln, who added 13 points, including nine in the second half.
Down the stretch, both Yarborough and Lincoln came up with big buckets, including a 3-pointer by Yarborough midway through the fourth period.
In the seventh place girls game Vance defeated Lugoff-Elgin 67-42.
Each year the Winborn Holiday Classic awards three scholarships, which are chosen by the Winborn family.
The Kendall Peyton White Scholarship, which is named for Winborn’s grand daughter was awarded to Sheandria Tykia Walls, who is a senior on the Rock Hill girls varsity basketball team.
The Y. C. Winborn Scholarship winners were Rachel Porter, a member of the West Charlotte girls basketball team, and Andrew Griggs, a member of the Rock Hill boys basketball team.