The Lady Yellow Jackets started out their season with a win against Bamberg-Ehrhardt at the Fort Mill Tip-Off Tournament, but they've struggled to maintain that momentum.
Coming off a 35-48 loss against Indian Land last week, the Yellow Jackets took on Charlotte Catholic last Tuesday and were defeated 36-61. That was despite outscoring Charlotte 7-3 in the third quarter.
"We showed signs of what we can do defensively when we play hard as a team," coach Todd Bowser said .
Leading scorers included Courtney Grainger with 12 points, Jenna White with nine points, including two from downtown, and Kayla Gipner with nine points.
On Friday, Fort Mill took on another Charlotte school, Providence Day, and suffered another loss, 50-22. Leading scorers for the Yellow Jackets included Jenna White with nine points, including a three-pointer.
"We played extremely strong in the first quarter and executed extremely well on offense and played very aggressive defense," Bowser said. "We shot the ball well and ended the quarter up 12 to 11."
Despite starting strong, the Yellow Jackets were only able to score 10 points in the last three quarters.
"We outplayed them for a quarter and then we fell apart offensively," Bowser said. "We did not execute our offense and we failed to make shots and our offense became too one dimensional and we did not play as a team."
Bowser stressed the need for his girls to play as a team and get everyone involved in order to succeed offensively.
"I was pleased with our effort on the defensive end and we did well to hold them to 50 points, especially since our offense was struggling so badly."
Even after the losses, Bowser said he feels the two games have made the team better and will help them in their upcoming games against Rock Hill and Indian Land. "We lost to both of them the first time, but I believe our girls are determined to win both of these games," he said. "Rock Hill took the game away from us in the last few minutes of our first game and we shot the ball horribly against Indian Land."
The team will also compete in the ninth annual Battle at the Border Shootout sponsored by Landrum Drug in Landrum Dec. 27-30. Eight girls and boys team will compete over three days, for a total of 24 games at Landrum High School. Admission for the event is $5 and free to children 6 and under.
Girl's teams include Landrum, Fort Mill, SCA, Woodruff, Boiling Springs, East Rutherford, Chesnee and Blue Ridge. The Yellow Jackets will face off on day one of competition against Woodruff at 10 a.m., and Bowser said it's extremely important for the team to win this first game to stay in the winner's bracket.
"I expect us to do well at our Christmas Tournament," Bowser said. "At South Aiken last year, the girls played some of their best basketball at their Christmas tournament and we took second place. Our goal is to play our best basketball and continue to improve. If that leads us to the tournament championship, then great."