The opening game of the inaugural Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic had all the makings of a blowout. South Pointe wore visiting uniforms, but was unofficially the home team playing in their home town and sporting an unblemished 6-0 record entering the game. Ridge View kept it close for a while, but the Lady Stallions prevailed 46-35.
The meeting was the third time in the short season that the Lady Stallions and Lady Blazers competed in the young season, with South Pointe coming away with one close win and one blowout.
Ridge View entered the tournament with a paltry 2-7 record, but if not for a couple of key runs by the Lady Stallions at the end of the first two quarters, the margin of victory would have been much closer.
South Pointe guards DeBrea Barber and Chelsea Douglas used quick up-court passing off of long defensive rebounds to end both the first and second periods with two mini-runs.
The two backcourt players accounted for all 11 points, nine from Douglas, including a 12-footer shot as the first quarter buzzer sounded.
"This was kind of a 'trap game' for us," said Childers. "We had an emotional win over Northwestern last night and had to come back and play a team we had already beaten twice."
• ROCK HILL 68, GREAT FALLS 42 -- After a disappointed 3-5 start, the Rock Hill Lady Bearcats searched for answers following a loss to first-year school Nation Ford on Tuesday night.
Rock Hill held a players only meeting, and while only the dozen players know what was said, it worked, as Rock Hill blew past Great Falls behind 43 points from LaQuesha Crockett and Shandrice Erby.
"Tonight, we played team basketball," said Rock Hill coach Eric Rollins, "that is something we have not done well at the past two games."
The win sets up an all-Rock Hill championship game tonight as the Lady Bearcats take on undefeated South Pointe for the title game. Great Falls and Ridge View play in the consolation game beginning at 5:30 p.m.