The setup could not have been better for the inaugural Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic, as the championship game of the four-team tournament paired intra-city rivals South Pointe and host Rock Hill. The Lady Stallions turned a close game in the third quarter into a rout, after scoring 19 consecutive points en route to a 68-43 win and the tournament title.
Second-year Rock Hill coach Eric Rollins set up the tournament to honor longtime friend, coach, and Bearcat educator Y.C. Winborn, who tragically passed away in a house fire in 2006. A plaque on the scorers table honors Winborn, who kept score for Bearcat basketball games for years.
Despite falling behind by double digits in the second quarter, Rock Hill cut the lead to six after five consecutive points from Shandrice Erby, but things went sour from there.
South Pointe's Chelsea Douglas took control, forcing four Lady Bearcat turnovers and scoring nine of her game-high 19 points during the decisive run, as the Lady Stallions (8-0) rolled to the title.
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Douglas was named the tournament's most valuable player and teammate DeBrea Barber was named to the all-tournament team. Rock Hill's LaQuasha Crockett, who scored 38 points in the two games, represented the Lady 'Cats on the all tournament team.
"It is always good to come in here and play Rock Hill," South Pointe coach Brett Childers said. "The girls grew up playing with and against each other and are good friends on and off the court. We came out tonight ready to play, and any time you can bring home a trophy, it is a big deal."
Rock Hill 11 8 7 17 -- 43
South Pointe 17 11 21 19 -- 68
• RIDGE VIEW 54, GREAT FALLS 36 -- The consolation game of the Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic turned out to be a great matchup between two teams struggling record-wise, but playing high quality opponents in the pre-region schedule.
Great Falls fell behind by seven at the half, but closed the gap to three after Montika Simpson hit a 16-foot jumper from the left side, capping a 6-2 run by the Lady Devils.
Ridge View turned up its defensive pressure, and began with a tough full-court press. The change in defense gave Great Falls fits, and Ridge View took control for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Blazers hit the offensive boards hard, and fended the third quarter on a 12-1 run to put the game out of reach.
"We have played some tough competition early this year," said Great Falls coach Jeff Holmes. "It won't get any easier next week when we play at Andrew Jackson's holiday tournament, but playing the harder teams will prepare us for region play.
Great Falls' Simpson and Ridge View's Erica Porter made the all-tournament team. Simpson, who plans on attending Clemson University next fall, also earned the Y.C. Winborn scholarship award, presented to the student-athlete exemplifying high character, leadership and academic success. Winborn's daughter Wendy White presented the award to Simpson.
Great Falls 9 12 9 6 -- 36
Ridge View 12 16 14 12 -- 54