Enquirer Herald

York, Clover girls eager for shootout

York Comprehensive High and Clover High girls' basketball players participating in the second phase of this year's York Shootout have added incentive as the games draw near.

Several college scouts are expected to be in attendance for the Tuesday and Wednesday Shootouts at the YCHS Dome.

YCHS head girls coach Paula Blackwell said she's received e-mails from as many as 50 college coaches expressing an interest in attending the Shootouts.

"June is a dead season for college recruiters," noted Blackwell. "Coaches can watch the players compete in July.

"Our players are excited about the opportunity to play in front so many college coaches."

Clover girls coach Mike Pearson said seniors Rachael Newmister, Stephanie Dover and Iesha Wade are equally excited about playing in front of the college coaches planning to attend.

"I am excited for them," Pearson said. "I know they can play at the next level."

The Lady Blue Eagles missed last week's York Shootout due to a previous commitment to FCA Camp at Limestone College.

"Our players benefited from the bonding, competition and the FCA experience," Pearson said.

The CHS girls won six games and lost two at the FCA event, defeating the likes of Byrnes, Laurens, Gaffney and Hillcrest.

Hoping to build from the successful run at FCA Camp, the focus shifts to the York Shootout.

"We competed in York last summer," said Pearson. "Paula Blackwell does a great job organizing the event."

Blackwell said last week's York Shootout ran smoothly.

"We couldn't do it without the volunteers who work the games," she said.

The YCHS coach said she received positive feedback from coaches of other participating teams.

"The Shootout is a good experience for our players," added Blackwell. "We find out what we need to work on as a team as well as individual skills, then it's back to the drawing board."

Junior post player Tikierra Anderson shares her coach's sentiments.

"It's a good game experience for the team," Anderson said. "We'll find out the areas of the game that need work and be ready to go when the season starts."

Blackwell reminds area fans that the Shootout is free.

"We encourage the community to come out and watch the games," she said.

Games begin at noon Tuesday at the YCHS and Jefferson Elementary School gyms. The action begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at both sites.

York and Clover play Tuesday at 2 p.m. at YCHS. York will be pitted against Byrnes at 4 p.m., with Clover playing Dutch Fork at 6 p.m. followed by York and Dutch Fork at 7:30 p.m.

The York jayvees play Andrew Jackson Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Jefferson gym and Indian Land at 3 p.m.

Wednesday games at YCHS include Clover and Chesterfield at 2 p.m., York and Chesterfield at 3 p.m., Clover and Andrew Jackson at 5 p.m., Clover against Weddington, N. C. at 6:15 p.m. and York against Weddington at 7:30 p.m.

The York Jayvees play Nation Ford Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Jefferson.

Other participating teams include Union, Strom Thurmond, Fort Mill and Charleston Military Magnet.