Playing their same defensive game but finally regaining their shooting touch, the York Cougars beat the Rock Hill Bearcats 41-37 in a hard fought contest.
The Bearcats started off sluggishly on offense, with predictable passes and miscues that resulted in several turnovers. York point guard Lilasha Dervin was the beneficiary of many of Rock Hill's mistakes, as she had a hand in nearly every steal and successful York fast break.
Rock Hill bounced back however, as guard Ze'kiya Knox's timely three pointer sparked a Bearcat offensive resurgence. Knox finished the first half with a game high 9 points on 3 of 6 shooting. But points in the paint were hard to come by for the smaller Bearcats, and York countered with a balanced offensive attack of their own. Six York players finished the half with a basket, including Hikeya Davis who had a three point play near the end of the half.
But both teams missed several scoring opportunities, particularly from the free throw line. Despite 19 combined first half penalties, the Cougars and Bearcats only managed to hit seven free throws (three for York and four for Rock Hill). The half ended 23-22 with the slight edge to York.
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The tone of the 3rd period was set by center Brittney Merriweather, who netted six points and multiple rebounds, which quickly got the Bearcats into foul trouble that severely limited them going into a competitive 4th period. Merriweather finished the game with 10 points, despite going scoreless in the first half.
Rock Hill's Brittney Neely had two quick buckets at the four minute mark that appeared to sink York's chances. But York brought a five point Rock Hill lead to 37-36 with 1:32 left, and finally passed the Bearcats for good when Davis sunk two quick shots of her own with a minute left in regulation.
The Bearcats gave York a scare, but the Cougars held on to improve their record to 6-2.
ROCK HILL 37
Rock Hill -- Ze'kiya Knox 12 Jasmine Crockett 6 Brittney Neely 6 Whitney Mitchell 4 Raven Smith 4 Anita Brown 3 Helen Revell 2
York -- Hikeya Davis 12 Brittney Merriweather 10 Ashanti Wilson 7 Aria Crawford 6 Lilasha Dervin 2 Brittany Cannon 2 Devin Puckett 2
3-pointers: Rock Hill: 1 (Brown); York: 1 (Wilson). Total Fouls: Rock Hill: 19; York: 17
Record: Rock Hill 2-6; York 6-2