FORT MILL — Sometimes it’s how you start and how you finish.
Fort Mill used a quick start in the fourth quarter, a 6-0 run to open the final frame, something they had copied in the third quarter as they beat York 74-66 to end a three-game losing skid at home Friday night.
York got just one shot off during the first two minutes of the fourth, while Fort Mill continued to get to the line – as they did most of the game – and convert. The Jackets hit 25 of 37 foul shots.
“We played well in the second half,” said Fort Mill head coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “Devan (Thacker) played well and made some free throws.”
Thacker led the way for the home squad, scoring 21 points. York was led by Deshaw Andrews, who had 28 points and Daurice Simpson, who chipped in 22.
Fort Mill’s Liam O’Boyle opened the second half for the Jackets with a 3-pointer. York on the other hand would struggle to get good looks as Fort Mill opened the second half on a 6-0 spurt.
York then started trapping Fort Mill, but that allowed for the Jackets to get open drives through the lane.
Both teams started the game trying to gain an inside edge in the paint. Fort Mill used backdoor cuts and slashes to the hoop, while York used its physical height and strength to outmuscle the Jackets.
The Jackets came out trapping the ball in the second quarter and York struggled from deep in trying to covert. That allowed Fort Mill to open up a 6-0 run in the first two minutes to go up 20-14.
That lead was short lived as York chipped away to pull within two points in the next minute.
Foul shooting for Fort Mill kept York at bay for most of the quarter as the Jackets got to the line early in the period. The Jackets went 7 for 9 from the foul line during the quarter.
The teams started trading 3-pointers, while neither seemed to gain the advantage on the other. York did struggle some in turning the ball over early, but Fort Mill wasn’t able to gain the upper hand.
Andrews was able to lead York back to have them take a 14-10 lead when Fort Mill started missing on their offensive end.
Fort Mill ended the first with some excitement as Mike Scurlock hit a 3-pointer as time expired and was fouled in the process, tying the game at 14 with a free-throw – a rare four-point play.
Fort Mill went up 41-31 about midway through the third period. The Cougars stayed close with the play of Simpson, who scored his team’s first two baskets of the quarter, and had nine points in the period.
The Jackets were led in the quarter by Thacker and Cory Wills, whose quickness kept York on constant guard. Thacker scored eight points in the quarter and Wills added six more.
Fort MIll 32, York 29: Quick starts in the third and fourth quarters helped the Fort Mill Lady Jackets shake off a sluggish start and power them to a 39-29 win over the York Lady Cougars.
“It was a tough week with no practice and the snow,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers. “You could tell both teams hadn’t practiced. We had some things off, but we tried to stay the course.”
The Lady Jackets started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run forcing York into a timeout about two minutes into the quarte .
York struggled with turnovers throughout the game, especially when it mattered the most in the second half. The Lady Cougars finally broke a 10-0 run for the Lady Jackets in the fourth quarter with a Keisha McClure free throw.
Fort Mill started the second half on a 5-0 run to break a 12-12 tie and quickly gained the upper hand as York was forced to take a timeout just 46 seconds into the third quarter.
The Lady Jackets stayed hot after the time out as Savannah Morgan hit a 3-pointer to extend her team’s lead.
The Lady Cougars finally broke Fort Mill’s 10-0 start on a Carrie Lancaster jumper with about three minutes left in the quarter.
Fort Mill was led by Ally Abbott in the quarter as she scored a pair of 3s. York came storming back toward the end of the quarter going on a 6-0 run to pull the game within three at 25-22.
York continued the second quarter with a hot hand as they stayed aggressive on the offensive glass looking to create more chances for themselves.
The Lady Jackets went outside to start the second quarter looking to break a 1-of-14 start in the opening quarter, but found nothing from beyond the 3-point line either in the early going.
Neither team seemed to get their offense started because of turnovers. Fort Mill had more success in converting turnovers into points with two break away baskets.
On the defensive side, the Lady Jackets took away the inside game of York by keeping everything outside beyond the arc.
Fort Mill was better on the boards early in the first quarter getting several second chance opportunities, but never could convert, starting 0 of 10 from the field. Despite that, York made the best of their early shot opportunities and opened the game on a 5-0 run.
York hit 30 percent of its shots, while Fort Mill hit just one shot the entire quarter. Both teams struggled with turnovers.