CLOVER -- Clover improved to 12-1 Friday by throttling Fort Mill, 59-27.
The Blue Eagles began pulling away at the end of the first half, then dismantled the Jackets after the intermission to claim the Region 3-AAAA opener for both teams.
Clover isn't a big team, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in quickness. And the Blue Eagles put this one away quickly in the second half.
The Blue Eagles led 29-20 at the half. Aaron Miller knocked down a 3-pointer to start the third quarter. Fort Mill's Rashawn Dupree countered with a runner before Clover's Chris Lindsay dropped in the second of his 3-pointers.
Rion Heriot connected on a 3-pointer for Fort Mill with about two minutes left in the third. That was the last of the offense for the Yellow Jackets until Alex Schmidt scored late in the fourth.
Clover scored 19 unanswered points. Coach Dudley Lybrand's team shot the ball well for the second straight night. The Blue Eagles (12-1, 1-0) handled, passed and defended as well as Lybrand could have hoped.
Fort Mill -- Rion Heriot 9, Rashawn Dupree 6, Andrew Parra 4, Alex Schmidt 2, Andrew McCartney 1, Aaron Chapin 5.
Clover -- Trenton Berry 4, Aaron Miller 11, Alexander Wiley 10, Chris Lindsay 14, Cody Bauer 8, Deshawn Littlejohn 8, Josh Clawson 2, Robert Hammer 2.
3-pointers -- Fort Mill 2 (Heriot 2), Clover 6 (Lindsay 2, Bauer 2, Wiley, Miller). Team fouls -- Fort Mill 13, Clover 16. Fouled out -- none.
Records: Fort Mill 9-4, 0-1 Region 3-AAAA; Clover 12-1, 1-0
• LANCASTER 59, NATION FORD 49 -- In Fort Mill, "You can't win when you have 28 turnovers."
That about summed it up for coach Artie Moore and Nation Ford as the Lancaster Bruins pressured their way to a 59-49 win over the Falcons.
The game got off to a rough start for both teams as Nation Ford turned it over seven times in the first quarter, but the Bruins could not turn those mistakes into points. Lancaster led 9-7 after the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same for Nation Ford, but the difference for Lancaster was the Falcons' turnovers were in the open court. The Bruins capitalized, led by Ron Trapps, and sprinted out to 29-14 halftime lead.
The third and fourth quarters saw the Falcons finally settle down, but they still couldn't cut into Lancaster's lead. The Falcons had chances, but missed a number of easy shots around the rim. Lancaster was led by Xavier Holloway in the second half. His 3-pointers insured that Nation Ford would never get any closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Nation Ford was led by TJ Everrett's 20 points.
• FAIRFIELD CENTRAL 77, CHESTER 68 (OT) -- In Chester, the Cyclones can take away several moral victories from Friday's overtime loss to Fairfield Central before a capacity crowd.
The first moral victory can be found in a furious rally from a 19-point halftime deficit to eventually tie the score early in the fourth quarter. Another positive for Chester was coming back from being down 67-58 with 2:58 remaining. Chester ended regulation with a 9-0 run and forced overtime.
The magic ran out for the Cyclones after that, though, as the Griffins outscored Chester 10-1 in the extra session for the victory to open Region 4-AAA action.
"Our youth and inexperience is what is hurting us right now," Chester coach Jason Smith said. "That started to show in overtime. We became impatient and did not take good shots."