The Fort Mill High School boys basketball team continued to streak through its early season schedule, improving to 4-1 after defeating Rock Hill for the second time this season.
The Jackets pushed the ball up and down the floor, putting up 39 points by halftime and cruising to a 67-54 victory last Tuesday.
"The way we played in the first half - that's about as well as we've played all season," head coach Bailey Jackson said. "Scoring 39 points by halftime is really good for us."
After a back-and-forth first quarter, point guard Andrew Parra sped up the tempo, pushing the offense and scoring nine of his 15 points in the second quarter, spreading a one-point lead to 18 at the half.
"That's something we've been working on," Jackson said about the team's fast-paced scoring.
He said even in the team's close loss at Providence Day School last week, they played well. Senior Rashawn Dupree led the Jackets in scoring with 18 points. Rion Heriot, Andrew McCartney and Jackson Hoynacki all had eight.
"It was a good game. A lot of guys got a lot of minutes," Jackson said.
Backup point guard Stephen Auslander said pushing the offense wasn't the only part of the game the team has been focusing on in practice.
"We've been stressing defense - working on our man-to-man and handling the press," Auslander said.
An aggressive Rock Hill press and a string of fouls near the end of the game made the score appear closer than it was for much of the game.
"We kind of got sloppy at the end of the second half. We need to work on stepping on their throats at the end of games," Auslander said.
The Jackets will compete in the Battle at the Border basketball tournament beginning Saturday at Landrum High School.
Jackets point guard Stephen Auslander fires a pass during last week's win over Rock Hill.