The Nation Ford boys’ and girls’ basketball teams stayed perfect in the first half of Region IV-5A play by sweeping the first meeting with rival Fort Mill.
Nation Ford’s girls won 42-25 to go to 4-0 in the region and were followed by a closer game involving the boys with the Falcons winning 75-68 to equal that region record. The Falcons’ girls improved to 13-4 overall on the season, while their Fort Mill counterparts dropped to 8-8 overall and 0-3 in the region.
The Falcons, currently ranked sixth in the state in 5A on the girls’ side, opened the game on a run and controlled things from that point forward as they outscored Fort Mill 17-6 in the opening quarter. The second quarter between the two was much more defensively minded as the two teams combined for just eight points as Nation Ford would take a 20-11 lead into the half.
Nation Ford proceeded to again pull away in the fourth quarter with a 13-4 performance in the period despite Fort Mill making a game of it at the end of the third with the Falcons leading by just eight at 29-21. Fort Mill was led by KK Patterson, who had 10 points in the game.
Boys play tight game
In the boys’ game, Fort Mill stayed with Nation Ford most of the way, but a rough start by the Jackets hurt their chances for a win. The Falcons improved to 12-6 overall and had four players in double digits, led by 17 points from Shaman Alston. Malik Bryant had 16 points, Zeb Graham had 13 points and Eric Moulds 11 points for Nation Ford.
Now ranked seventh in the state at 5A in the boys’ rankings, Nation Ford jumped out to a 19-8 lead after the first quarter, taking control early on its home court. Fort Mill battled back in the second quarter, matching the Falcons point for point as they both scored 17 points in the quarter. However, with the early play of Nation Ford, the Falcons were able to take a 36-25 lead into the half.
The Falcons started to edge ahead in the second half, but again, Fort Mill wouldn’t go quietly as the Jackets outscored Nation Ford 25-17 in the fourth quarter to pull within seven for the final.
Fort Mill was paced by three players in double figures with Ryan Heriot’s 15 points leading the way for the Jackets. Josh Amigo added 12 for Fort Mill and Carson Morton scored 10. The loss dropped Fort Mill to an 8-7 overall and 2-1 in region play.
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