Clovers Telliya Patton made her Senior Night one to remember, helping the Blue Eagles to a 42-37 comeback win Monday night.
Patton scored 16 points and blocked seven shots, and it was her two free throws that gave Clover its first lead with just 22 seconds left in the ballgame.
Shes put us on her back and shes been motivating the team, doing what a senior is supposed to do, said Clover coach Shakkia Walker.
Pattons big night in the paint for the Blue Eagles helped Clover overcome Asia Potts free scoring for Rock Hill. Potts finished the night with 19, but at one point she was personally tied with Clover at 16 as the Bearcats raced out to a double-digit lead, thanks in large part to Potts active hands on defense.
Kenny Orrs visiting Bearcats led by about nine points for most of the second and third quarters. Clover trailed 29-21 headed into the fourth quarter, but Walkers team scored 21 points in the final eight minutes to snatch the win.
It was a great team win, we were able to pull it all together, said Walker. We were able to get over that hump tonight. Were trying to fight for this fifth place and make the playoffs.
Lancaster has wrapped up the Region 3-AAAA girls title, while Northwestern, Fort Mill and South Pointe are scrapping for second through fourth. That leaves a wildcard spot for the fifth place finisher, either Clover or Nation Ford, which lost to Northwestern Monday night.
But for four first half blocks by Patton, Clovers first half deficit might have been greater than 23-14.
She was able to slide in and adjust on defense and be help-side on defense, said Walker. Weve been practicing that. Shay was able to force her girl to the middle, and she was able to dominate.
Potts got cooking in the second quarter, scoring eight straight points during one stretch for the Bearcats. She knocked down a pullup jumper in transition then dropped in a floater, finished a putback after Patton blocked her first shot, and finally scored in the lane to make it 23-13 with 13 seconds left in the half.
Clover struggled offensively the first three quarters, but something snapped into place in the fourth. Carmen McCarters free throws got the Blue Eagles to within one at 34-33, but Rock Hills Tilandra Staton banged in a 3 to stretch the lead to four with about two minutes left.
Shay Hall was fouled and made the first of two free throws, but Patton hauled in the rebound on the miss and turned it into two points to dice Rock Hills lead to 37-36, with 1 minute, 50 seconds left. The teams then alternated missed front ends of the one-and-one, before Clover got the ball with 39.9 seconds left and Walker called timeout.
On the ensuing possession, a player from each side converged on a mid-air loose ball, but the officials whistled possession in Clovers favor. Patton was fouled on the ensuing inbound play with 22 seconds to play, and she calmly sank both foul shots to give the Blue Eagles their first lead, 38-37.
Rock Hill flew down the other end and Potts shot at the rim bobbled around and out. Orr then lost his temper, his anger boiling over after the perceived missed call at the other end and he was whistled for two quick technical fouls and promptly ejected. Clover hit 3 of 6 resulting foul shots to pull away for the win.
Rock Hill 37, Clover 42
Rock Hill: Trenea Cypress 2, Kig Walls 2, Asia Potts 19, Anita Jones 4, Amber Strait 3, Tilandra Staton 7; Clover: Carmen McCarter 2, Shay Hall 13, Sydney Sanders 4, Telliya Patton 16, Zasu Carpenter 4, Lilly Wallace 1.
Team fouls: Rock Hill 20; Clover 12.
Foul shooting: Rock Hill 6-10; Clover 17-32
3-pointers: Rock Hill 3 (Jones, Strait, Staton); Clover 2 (Hall 2).
Records: Rock Hill 8-15, 3-10; Clover 13-10, 5-8