Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill boys still undefeated in basketball

Nation Ford's Sam Hirsch tries to retain possession over Indian Land.
Nation Ford's Sam Hirsch tries to retain possession over Indian Land.

The Fort Mill High School basketball team continued its winning streak, defeating Charlotte Catholic School 56-47 last week to push the Yellow Jackets' record to 3-0 in the regular season.

Sophomore Rion Heriot led the team with 15 points, while Jackson Hoynacki added eight and Stephen Auslander also had eight.

"We are continuing to get better. Each game we have played a little better and practices are more intense now than they were early in the year," head coach Bailey Jackson said.

The team faces three upcoming games against area opponents, including Rock Hill and Indian Land before the Christmas break.

The team will actually have very little time off during the break, Jackson said. The Jackets will compete in Landrum High School's ninth annual Battle at the Border holiday basketball tournament Dec. 27-30. The tournament will feature eight teams from North and South Carolina. Fort Mill will open up Dec. 27 with a game against Riverside High School.

"The Landrum tournament gives us a chance to play three games against teams that we don't typically play," Jackson said. "We want to go over there and play for a championship. It will be tough because there are a few pretty good teams in the tournament."

Jackson said his team is beginning to understand what it takes to practice and play hard as the region schedule approaches. The team will open region play against Clover Friday, Jan. 9.

"The players are settling into their roles and we are developing a good team chemistry," Jackson said.

Warriors wait for win

Indian Land's basketball team is still looking for its first win of the season. Many coaches in the area describe the Warriors as a dangerous team that can make a run at any point during a game.

"We just have to learn how to play the whole game," head coach Nate Smith said. "We're struggling - but there is an upside. We are getting our starting point guard and starting center back this week."

Justin Gordon and Keyadd Miller have both missed the start of the season with ankle and knee injuries.

Last week, the team dropped a contest against Andrew Jackson to drop to 0-3 on the season but is looking forward to competing in the Winborn Christmas Tournament Dec. 22-23.

"I would like for us to play well and represent our school in the tournament," Smith said. "And get our first win in the region."

The Warriors open up their region schedule Friday, Jan. 2, at Lewisville.