South Pointe improved to 15-1 and 5-0 in Region 3-AAAA with a 52-35 win at Rock Hill Tuesday.
Ashawna Bost and Tiana Hemphill controlled the boards as the Lady Stallions outrebounded the Bearcats 35-26. Bost finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Hemphill had 12 and 10 for the winners.
South Pointe coach Brett Childers stressed rebounding to his team during the intermission.
"We thought Rock Hill was getting too many second-chance opportunities. We came out and had a lot of defensive rebounds in the second half," Childers said.
Sophomore Chelsea Douglas led the Stallions with 14 points. She also had five rebounds and three assists. She was forced to play 30 minutes with backcourt mate De'Brea Barber out of the lineup with a leg injury.
"It would be nice to have another ball-handler. Barber gives us another person who is able to penetrate with the dribble. Without her we were a little stagnant on offense," Childers said.
Rock Hill trailed by seven early in the fourth quarter. But a 14-0 run by the Stallions put the game out of reach.
Shandrice Erby paced the Bearcats with 23 points. It was the senior guard's fourth 20-point output of the season. She scored 16 of Rock Hill's first 17 points in the contest.
"We're narrowing the gap on people. We are playing with good effort and attitude," Rock Hill coach Eric Rollings said. "Rebounding. That's been our story all year. We are doing things in practice to improve in that area."
• YORK 64, NATION FORD 40 -- Unlike its previous game, an overtime victory over Northwestern, York had little drama in a dominating win over Nation Ford.
The Lady Cougars opened the game on a 15-1 run as the Lady Falcons could do little to stop York's pressure defense and offensive rebounds. Katie Kozlowski finally hit the Lady Falcons' first field goal of the night with half a minute remaining in the first quarter.
York opened up a 20-point halftime lead behind excellent guard play from Brittany Merriweather and Nardia Robbins.
Merriweather had 10 points at the break, including two 3-pointers, during the initial 15-1 run. Robbins did most of her damage in the second half and finished with a game-high 16 points.
Like any Scott Barefield-coached team, the Lady Falcons (6-9, 2-3 Region 3-AAAA) never quit hustling and came out of halftime with a little extra skip in their steps. Nation Ford chipped the lead to 11.
A Kozlowski 3-pointer, had it been good, would have cut the lead to single digits. It rimmed out and York (10-4, 3-2) once again took full control.
Nation Ford scored eight second-chance points in the second half. York stayed in the race for the region title.
"Our seniors are playing with a sense of urgency," York coach Paula Blackwell said. "Our younger kids are kind of feeding off of Nardia right now. We keep trying to improve our defense to create more offensive opportunities."
• NORTHWESTERN 41, CLOVER 37 -- Northwestern coach John Bramlett preached to his team in practice Jan. 7 about its offensive inefficiency. His sermon resonated with the Lady Trojans in Tuesday's win over Clover.
Entering the game averaging 33 turnovers per contest, Northwestern protected the ball and attacked the inside en route to improving to 4-9, 3-2 in Region 3-AAAA.
Northwestern forced 27 turn-overs and only gave up 14.
Paced by Kelia Shelton's 20 points, the Lady Trojans outlasted Clover's second-half surge. Iesha Wade, who led Clover with 10 points, drilled a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner with 1:50 on the clock in the third quarter to give the Blue Eagles their first lead, 26-25, since a 7-6 advantage late in the first.
Clover (5-6, 2-3) knotted the score at 30 and then went on a four minute-plus drought, allowing Northwestern to pull away for the win.
The Lady Trojans led by five at the half, 26-21, after Shelton nailed a wide-open jumper at the buzzer.
• LANCASTER 46, FORT MILL 26 -- At Lancaster, guard Miteka Trueheart scored 16 first-half points to boost Lancaster to a 18-point halftime lead, which Fort Mill was unable to recover from.
Trueheart burned the nets with nine in the first and seven in the second en route to a game-high 19 points, including two hoops from beyond the arc.
Lancaster (9-2, 4-1 Region 3-AAAA) dominated the opening half with a 28-10 lead.
In addition to torrid shooting, the Lady Bruins used swarming defensive pressure to force numerous Fort Mill turnovers, which were converted to easy transition hoops. Fort Mill (3-11, 0-5) was only able to produce double-digit scoring in one of the four quarters -- 11 in the third.
The Lady Bruins' defensive effort continued to dominate down the stretch, preventing any chances of a Fort Mill comeback.