The Fort Mill High Lady Jackets held off a late rally from the York Cougars to open Region III-AAAA play with a win last week.
On the boys’ side, Fort Mill ran its season-opening win streak to three with a 10-point victory over York.
The girls’ were led by senior Ally Abbott, in the 29-27 win. Fort Mill opened the third quarter on a 6-1 run to pull away after holding a 15-10 lead at the half.
Fort Mill had 19 steals in the game.
“Our defense was good,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers.
“York is scrappy. We wanted to make sure their first option (Carrie Lee Lancaster) was taken away.”
The run to start the third quarter for Fort Mill put the score at 21-11. From there, York started to press and slowed things down for the Lady Jackets.
York outscored Fort Mill 16-8, but the Lady Jackets came up with buckets when needed and held the ball, controlling the clock and preventing York from getting possession.
Fort Mill also used a surge in the second quarter, hitting four of nine free throws. York struggled with turnovers, losing the ball seven times in the second quarter.
The Lady Jackets held York to just 25 percent shooting in the second quarter.
Earlier in the week, Fort Mill lost to South Pointe 55-42 in nonregion play. Sophomore Meredith Christopher led the Lady Jackets with 10 points in the loss.
The Lady Jackets are 2-4 on the season and 1-0 in the region. The Lady Jackets won’t play again until the Bank of York holiday tournament Dec. 29-30 at York Comprehensive High.
Fort Mill 65, York 54
The Fort Mill boys’ team improved to 3-0 on the season beating York 65-54. The Jackets used a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Cougars, which had a 42-38 lead at the start of the final period.
“We played better in the second half,” said Fort Mill head coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “We still didn’t shoot well. Our goal is to try to get to the foul line and so far we have been shooting foul shots pretty well.”
The Jackets hit 25 of 36 foul shots in the game, including hitting 16 of24 attempts in the fourth quarter.
Junior Tanner Mitchell led Fort Mill with 21 points, scoring 13 in the fourth quarter as the Jackets outscored York 27-12 in the final period.
The squads traded buckets to open the second half as York started to press Fort Mill. The press worked as the Cougars went on a 6-0 run to close the third quarter and take the lead. However, in the fourth quarter, it was Fort Mill’s defense that caused York to turn the ball over eight times.
Earlier in the week, Fort Mill overcame a 14-point deficit to beat South Pointe 73-67.
Fort Mill outscored South Pointe 29-9 in the fourth quarter and was led by junior Kawan Walker, who scored 16 points in the game. The Jackets again lived out the foul line hitting 36-of-57 foul shots.
Fort Mill plays Northwestern and South Pointe this week. The boys open Christmas break in a tournament at Cuthbertson Friday, Dec. 19.