Despite rallying to make it close, Fort Mill’s boys’ basketball team couldn’t make up enough ground on York, falling 43-38 recently.
The Lady Jackets, meanwhile, were able to ignite a fourth-quarter surge to snatch a win from the Lady Cougars.
After playing just one game last week, the Jackets head into this week with match-ups against Clover and Gaffney as they fight for position and a playoff spot with a 5-3 Region III record.
Fort Mill struggled from the field in the third quarter after being down by only four at the half. The Jackets hit just two shots, the first one after starting 0-12 from the field and not until there was 90 seconds left in the period.
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York wasn’t much better, outscoring Fort Mill 7-4 in the third quarter, but it was enough to extend its lead to 34-27 after the period.
“We didn’t get to the free throw line like we normally do,” said Fort Mill head coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “We didn’t shoot well. We dug ourselves a big hole.”
In the fourth, Fort Mill played better, but still only hit a third of its shots. They were able to pull within two points at 40-38 with 36 seconds left, but York iced the game down the stretch.
York controlled the game from the opening tip outscoring Fort Mill 18-9 in the first quarter. York started the game 6-0 and hit four of its six 3-pointers in the opening period. Fort Mill struggled from the field, hitting just a third of its shots.
The Jackets best quarter of the game was the second as the team outscored the Cougars 14-9. Fort Mill shot 50 percent from the field in the period and AJ Foti, who led with 14 points, scored eight in the quarter.
Fort Mill held York to just seven shots in the second quarter, but they hit four of them including a 3-pointer.
Fort Mill 51, York 42
The Lady Jackets posted a 23-point fourth quarter to pull away from York to win 51-42 while picking up the team’s third Region III win of the year.
Led by 17 points from Meredith Christopher and 13 points from Ally Abbott, the Lady Jackets outscored York 23-15 in the final quarter after leading by just one to end the third quarter.
“It all came down to energy and making shots,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers. “We forced the tempo.”
Childers and the Lady Jackets are now 3-5 in the region and he said if his team can finish 6-6 in the region, he feels like they can make the playoffs.
Christopher started the game hot, scoring nine of her 17 in the first quarter and Abbott finished the game just as hot, getting nine of her 13 points in the fourth quarter, all on 3-pointers.
Fort Mill started the game going inside in the opening quarter on 9-of-15 shooting to take a 19-9 lead. But as hot as they were to start, the Lady Jackets went ice cold in the second quarter, not scoring a point and going 0-11 from the field as York clawed its way back into the game to make the score 19-18 at the half.
Both teams matched each other shot for shot in the third quarter to start and despite its struggles, Fort Mill started connecting again after nearly 11 minutes in a scoring drought.
York started the quarter on a small 4-0 run, but Christopher tied the game at 26 with one of her three 3-pointers.