Kai McCorvey sank a free throw with just six seconds remaining, pushing Nation Ford past visiting South Pointe last Friday. Also in local action last week, the Indian Land Lady Warriors defeated Andrew Jackson 59-35.
At Nation Ford, the game-winner was McCorvey's lone point in the night and capped a magnificent quarter for the Lady Falcons. Nation Ford had trailed by nine heading into the final quarter.
The lead changed three times in the final two minutes. Katie Kozlowski's three-pointer with 1:11 remaining gave the Lady Falcons a two-point lead.
Sabrina Gilmore added two free throws on South Pointe's next possession to tie the score, but McCrorey's heroics trumped Gilmore's clutch shots. Timisly Nelson and Shanade Adams led the Lady Stallions with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Hope Sanders had a game-high 13 for the Lady Falcons.
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"We are still learning as a team," first-year Nation Ford coach Brian Turner said. "We are thinking too much and need to make more plays. Tonight was a great win for us."
IL wins, Hallums hurt
Mariah Williams and Alyssa Thomas both scored 13 points for the Lady Warriors. Tameka Robinson added 11 points and Jelisa Gordon finished the game with nine.
Jessica Floyd added four points for the Lady Warriors and teammates Hannah Harris and Mykela Hallums chipped in three apiece while Shelby McConnell and Amanda Gulickson both scored two points.
Hallums, the team's only staring junior, injured her knee against Andrew Jackson. Coach Tamara Jacobus said they are waiting on an MRI and hope she will be able to come back.
"She was the leading scorer against Fort Mill and has been one of our top scorers and rebounders this season," she said.
"Alyssa Thomas and Tameka Robinson came off the bench and provided us with some key baskets," Jacobus said. "Alyssa Thomas was five for seven from the field," she pointed out.
Jacobus said the girls are playing as she has expected this early in the season. The Warriors, coming off another win against Nation Ford last week, were expecting a tough matchup against the Lady Falcons.
This week, the Warriors will face Andrew Jackson again then take on Fort Mill Friday night. Indian Land won when the teams played earlier this month.
Ryan Troutman contributed.