The York Comprehensive High School girls’ basketball team dropped three games last week.
“It was a challenging week for us,” head coach Paula Blackwell said. “We had a chance to win all three games.”
York lost 50-41 against the Union County Lady Yellow Jackets, ranked No. 8.
“We led most of the game until the final four minutes,” said Blackwell. “Union’s seniors hit some deep threes to secure the win. We went cold the last few minutes.”
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Makala Love was the leading scorer for the visiting York with 16 points.
The Lady Cougars opened region play with a 29-27 loss to Fort Mill.
“We came away with a disappointing loss after a horrid shooting night,” said Blackwell.
Trailing 27-19 in the fourth quarter, the YCHS girls began pecking away at the lead.
Carrie Lee Lancaster scored and Love followed with a basket, trimming the lead to four.
Emalee Smith stole the ball and scored, slicing the lead to two.
Fort Mill answered with a basket and the lead was four.
Heather Pumphrey powered her way inside and scored on a twisting shot from left of the basket as Fort Mill survived York’s rally.
Lancaster had 14 points, 11 rebounds and six of seven from the free throw line in the game.
The team lost 44-31 Friday at Chester.
With her team trailing 25-12, Meg McGarity scored back-to-back three-pointers to open the third quarter. McGarity dropped the lead to 27-22.
But Chester held on to preserve the win.
“We just couldn’t get consistent scoring to hold off Chester,” said Blackwell.
Keisha McClure pulled down 10 rebounds and Lancaster finished with 10 points and had nine rebounds.
After the game, Love talked about what she thought it would take to get the Lady Cougars over the hump.
“The key to winning games is to play together and to trust each other,” said Love, a sophomore. “If we do this and keep playing defense, we’ll get there.”
Blackwell said the Lady Cougars will host the annual Bank of York/Wing Bonz Tournament Dec. 29 and 30. The team takes on Blacksburg at 1 p.m. Dec. 28. The JV team plays at 8 a.m. in the auxiliary gym.
The cost is $2 with a student ID and $5 for adults.
The Lady Cougars return to region play Jan. 6, hosting Northwestern at 6:30 p.m.