Gaffney ran roughshod over Rock Hill with a 22-5 second quarter en route to a 68-43 win Tuesday.
Rock Hill committed 16 first-half turnovers in its final tune-up before the Region 3-AAAA schedule begins Friday.
The Bearcats (1-3) scored the game's first six points, but Gaffney got started with a four-point play after Jazz Palmer made a 3-pointer from the top of the key and was fouled. The Indians went on a 9-0 run and never trailed again.
Palmer tossed the third of his trio of treys to start the second quarter. Johnny Woods swished a 3-pointer and Jeff Brown muscled inside for a pair of baskets to give Gaffney a 28-14 lead.
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Rock Hill's Tirelle Williams hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 11 at 28-17. But three consecutive baskets by the Indians widened the lead and ignited the Bearcats' temper.
Breon Love was whistled for a technical foul and Rock Hill came unraveled.
Josh Corry hit one of the technical free throws and David Dewberry added a free throw. Corry closed out the half with a lay-up off a steal and a putback.
The rout was on -- Gaffney led 40-19 at the half.
Rock Hill coach Bobby Stevens took some time to reflect before he addressed his team in the locker room.
"We cannot allow ourselves to lose our composure," Stevens said. "We allowed (Gaffney) to come into our backyard and manhandle us.
"We came out with no energy and dug ourselves a huge hole. Gaffney dominated on both ends of the floor."
Rock Hill was off the mark all night. The Bearcats missed at least six lay-ups and made just three-of-24 3-pointers.
Mario McCullough paced the 'Cats with 14 points. Nine came in the fourth quarter after the game had long been decided.
Gaffney led by as many as 30, 64-34 with 5:53 remaining in the game. Still, Stevens found something to like.
"I was pleased with the second half. We got good shots ... we didn't make many shots, but we got good looks," he said. "In the first half we didn't do that."
Stevens has just two players who had significant floor time a year ago -- McCullough and senior Johnathan Meeks. Meeks picked up three fouls in the first half and finished with four points.
"We are small this year and we have some inexperience to deal with. I can tolerate the youth and the mistakes that come with it," Stevens said. "I can't tolerate the lack of intensity we had in the first half. There is no excuse for not leaving it all on the court."
Stevens said he is still working on his rotation and has at least three sophomores in the mix.
"We still have some kinks to work out. We have three sophomores, (Colby) Niven, (Xavier) McFadden and (Mike) McClure that are coming along," Stevens said. "We just have to get our heads right and play with more intensity."
Rock Hill will play at Clover Friday. Clover coach Dudley Lybrand watched the game from the stands.
The Bearcats finished with 25 turnovers.
Rock Hill 43