Foul trouble led to another loss for the Fort Mill Lady Yellow Jackets as they faced off again against Rock Hill.
The final score was a close 40-44 and if left Fort Mill's record to 1-6 for the season. Leading scorers for the Lady Yellow Jackets were Courtney Grainger with 13 points, followed by Lisa Nichols with eight, Jenna White, six, and Alexia Grevious with five. Charisty Mustafa chipped in four and Kayla Gipner two.
Both teams got into foul trouble, but Fort Mill drew 20 team fouls to Rock Hill's 15.
"Defensively, we played strong, but we need to stop fouling so much," Fort Mill coach Todd Bowser said. "We sent them to the foul line 29 times and we were in foul trouble all night long. That played a huge impact on this game."
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Also impacting the game was Rock Hill's determination to get Jenna White out of offense, according to Bowser. White, who scored 20 points for the Lady Yellow Jackets in their last game against Rock Hill, had two defenders focusing on her throughout the game.
"Because of this, we needed others players to step up and take on the offensive load," Bowser said. "Courtney Grainger inside and Lisa Nichols from the outside did a very good job stepping up. Courtney Grainger ended up with a double with 13 points and 11 rebounds and Lisa Nichols had eight points and seven assists."
Bowser said he's proud of how the girls played the game and expects the team to learn and improve with each game, particularly making plays during "crunch time" to win tight games like the one against Rock Hill.
Next, the Yellow Jackets face off against Indian Land, who they are excited about playing again. Indian Land won that lastmeeting 48-36.
"We're extremely determined to pick up a win at their place," Bowser said. "We know we can play a lot better than we did the first time."