The Fort Mill Lady Jackets didn’t get off to the holiday season they were hoping for after dropping two of three games at the third annual Clover Optimist Classic basketball tournament.
Fort Mill fell to Newberry 50-36 and Hammond 41-27, but the Lady Jackets managed to sandwich in a 42-34 win over Camden during the Nov. 25-26 tournament.
“We are still in a learning process of who we got (on our team) and where we are going,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers.
In the Newberry game, Fort Mill had held a five-point halftime lead at 23-18, but Newberry opened the second half with a 7-0 run. The Lady Jackets hit just two of 11 shots in the third quarter as Newberry forced Fort Mill into six third quarter turnovers.
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Sharae Redmond led her Fort Mill team with 10 points. But Newberry outscored Fort Mill 19-5 in the third quarter, taking a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Things turned out better in the Fort Mill versus Camden game, where the team was led by Ally Abbott’s 15 points. The Lady Jackets held a 20-17 lead at the half and capitalized on a strong fourth quarter by Meredith Christopher, who scored five of her eight points in the period, and Jada Speights, who scored five of her six points in that quarter.
Fort Mill was able to stay aggressive with the ball and get to the line 12 times in the fourth quarter, hitting nine of those free-throws.
Against Hammond, though, the Lady Jackets struggled with turnovers early on, and they never seemed to find their groove on the court.
Abbott led Fort Mill with eight points, but the Lady Jackets were outscored 17-10 in the second quarter, which widened Hammond’s lead.
Fort Mill’s Lady Jackets opens their regular season Friday with a home game against Forestview.