Kelia Shelton led three Northwestern players in double figures Friday and the Lady Trojans won a key Region 3-AAAA battle over York, 64-60.
With the win, Northwestern pulled even with York in the standings. The teams are now tied for third in the region with two games to play.
Northwestern (15-6, 5-3 Region 3-AAAA) plays at Fort Mill on Tuesday and hosts Gaffney on Friday.
York (13-10, 5-3) plays at Nation Ford and Clover next week.
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Gaffney and Nation Ford were first and second in the region heading into Friday night's action.
Shelton, a junior guard, poured in 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds. She was recognized prior to the game for reaching 1,000 career points. She surpassed the milestone on Jan. 30.
Northwestern led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but York put together a strong third period to close the gap and take a 47-45 lead.
York's Erika Shannon ignited an 8-2 run with the third of her four 3-pointers on the night. Alisha Ervin grabbed an offensive rebound and dished it outside the arc to Shannon for her final 3-pointer, knotting the game at 42.
Shannon finished with 12 points.
The fourth quarter saw the lead change hands seven times.
Shelton gave Northwestern a 54-52 edge on a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Ervin came right back by finishing off a fast break, and a pair of free throws from Hikeya Davis put the Lady Cougars back on top 56-54.
Northwestern's Xy'Resha Isom scored on a jumper. Amber Stewart followed with two free throws to give the Lady Trojans the lead for good at 58-56 with 3:04 remaining.
Northwestern converted on 6 of its final 8 free throws to hold on for the win.
Stewart finished the night with 16 points, while Isom chipped in 15 for Northwestern.
York coach Paula Blackwell sat in a wheelchair on the sideline. She had surgery recently to repair an Achilles' tendon tear. The confinement was difficult, she said.
"We've all had to make adjustments. But it's no excuse. Northwestern hit some big shots," she said.
York assistant coach, Cristi Kemp, did the sideline marching for Blackwell.
The fourth quarter was when Northwestern worked a little harder. Coach John Bramlett instructed his team to come out on Shannon to deny her the open looks.
"York missed some shots when we were making them. It was a good game by both teams," Bramlett said. "Our girls have grown a lot this season. We are winning close games now that we lost before Christmas."
Gina Patton led York with 15 points. Davis added 10.