Coming back to her old stomping grounds, Nation Ford’s Amiah Lindsay, who attended Fort Mill last year, scored 14 points to lead the Falcons over Fort Mill 41-21 and clinch second place in Region IV-5A.
The Falcons were aided by eight points from Kelci Adams as well, while Fort Mill was led by KK Patterson and Wallace Cortazar, who scored seven points each. Fort Mill finished fourth in the region and both teams will open the playoffs this week. The Jackets will hit the road and take on Wade Hampton, while Nation Ford hosts Greenwood.
Nation Ford (15-6, 6-2 Region IV) used a 7-0 run in the third quarter to pull away from Fort Mill (11-12, 2-6 Region IV) after the game was tied at 13-13. The Falcons capitalized on Fort Mill turnovers during the run as they started to get the best of their crosstown rivals. Nation Ford spread the wealth during the quarter as Ellona Moulds scored four points during the run.
The Falcons outscored Fort Mill 13-5 in the quarter, hitting five of 10 shots from the field.
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The fourth quarter wasn’t much better for Fort Mill as the Jackets again struggled to score, hitting just two shots from the field. Nation Ford outscored the Jackets 15-6 in the final quarter as the Falcons hit 10 of 23 shots in the second half.
Fort Mill hit just three field goals in the first half, while Nation Ford wasn’t much better, hitting six to put the score at 13-10 at the half in favor of the Falcons.
Nation Ford started the second quarter with a small 4-0 run to take the lead with back-to-back buckets by Lindsay. Both squads struggled from the field and only the Falcons seemed to get any open looks at the basket in the first five minutes of the period.
It was Fort Mill that struggled with turnovers in the second quarter, but the Falcons failed to capitalize on them. The Jackets hit just one shot in the second quarter, a 3-pointer by Cortazar. Lindsay led the Falcons in the quarter with six points, as she consisted of most of Nation Ford’s offense in the quarter.
Both teams came out early in the first quarter playing cautiously as the Jackets took the early lead from the opening tip, using several instances of getting to the foul line to take advantage. As the period wore on, Nation Ford was able to battle back and get within striking distance as Fort Mill began to struggle with converting jumpers.
Mac Banks: email@example.com, @MacBanksFM