The York Comprehensive High School girls’ basketball team is gearing up for Friday’s 6:30 p.m. clash against Clover.
The Pink Out to fight cancer is dear to Lady Cougar head coach Paula Blackwell, who said it began her first year as head coach.
“This is a great opportunity for our school and community to gather together and fight this dreadful disease,” Blackwell said.
The Lady Cougars will wear black shirts with a “We won’t stop till we find a cure” logo. Both York teams will wear pink socks. Coaches will also wear pink attire.
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With the YCHS girls prevailing against Clover 41-39 at home in an earlier game, Blackwell looks for another nail-biter.
“It’s a great rivalry that means so much to the schools and the communities,” she said.
Senior post player Carrie Lee Lancaster, an all-region selection multiple times, is excited. “I am so ready for this game,” she said. “I can’t wait.”
The Lady Cougars fell to region pace-setter Rock Hill 44-30 last Friday at home.
Long-range shooter Meg McGarity came out sizzling in the first quarter, scoring York’s first three baskets and staking the YCHS girls to a 7-5 lead.
But Rock Hill fought back and led 12-9 entering the second quarter.
Lancaster provided the offensive punch in the second quarter and McGarity added another three-pointer as the first half ended with Rock Hill clinging to a 19-17 lead.
Rock Hill expanded the lead to double-digits in the second half and held on for the win.
Lady Cougar seniors Najha Feemster and Lancaster talked about their final home game and experience with the team after the game.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Feemster, who missed much of the season with an injury. “I hope that one day somebody else can come through and experience the same thing.”
Feemster sang the national anthem for the final time before the game. “I take pride in singing the national anthem,” she said. “I know it means a lot to my teammates. I do it for them.”
Lancaster, a mainstay in the Lady Cougar program since eighth grade, said it has gone by too fast. “Now that it’s here, it seems really surreal,” Lancaster said of her senior night appearance.
She spoke in glowing terms of her teammates and coaches. “My teammates have changed me,” she said. “They’ve molded me. I am so thankful for everything the coaches have done for me. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Lancaster said she’d be excited to see the young Lady Cougar team play in the future. “They are great girls,” she said. “I love them so much. I’m glad I had the experience of playing with them.”