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South Pointe downs Chester; Bearcats top Kennedy Charter

Northwestern's Lauren Mahon tries to escape Spartanburg's Chelsie Faulhaber.
Northwestern's Lauren Mahon tries to escape Spartanburg's Chelsie Faulhaber.

South Pointe coach Brett Childers feels that the Lady Stallions must relish the role of being a second-half team.

For the third time in as many games, the Lady Stallions overcame a half-time deficit only to stage a late rally.

This time, the Lady Stallions overcame a pesky Chester squad, 46-40 Friday night.

"For the third game in a row, we have been playing well in the second half," Childers said. "They are giving real meaning to the term second-half team."

South Pointe beat Chester by 21 points with a 58-39 road victory in the first meeting just 10 days ago.

However, Chester made necessary adjustments and grabbed a 10-6 lead in the early stages, and maintained the advantage with a slim 17-16 edge at intermission.

"After winning the first game, we may have underestimated them in the early part of the game," Lady Stallion center Tiana Hemphill said. "Coach just told us that the win against Chester last week does not matter anymore.

"So after halftime, we had a goal to come out strong."

The Lady Stallions were able to accomplish their goal with solid defense, which limited the Lady Cyclones to only six third-quarter points.

Chester quickly erased a 27-23 third-quarter deficit behind the hot hand of guard Micah Wessinger. The Lady Cyclone shooter, who was held scoreless in the first meeting, burned 12 of her game-high 24 points down the stretch, including a 3-pointer that gave Chester a brief lead.

However, South Pointe regrouped with Hemphill and guards Shanada Adams and Ashauna Bost, who combined for 14 of the 19 Lady Stallion points in the final stanza.

Childers said that the key to the second-half surge was his team's ability to take care of the basketball.

"We had only three turnovers in the second half, and offensively, we were able to get more shots," Childers added.

The loss drops the Lady Cyclones to 1-2 overall, while South Pointe remains undefeated at 3-0.

Chester South Pointe

• ROCK HILL 68, KENNEDY CHARTER (N.C.) 23 -- Coach Eric Rollings talked about a lack of intensity and rebounding, saying his Rock Hill Lady Bearcats needed to improve each to have a shot at success this season.

And that was after a 45-point shellacking of Kennedy Charter (N.C.).

"This helps us hopefully establish some depth," Rollings relented. "We're getting better. Still not where we need to be, but we're better than we have been."

Even with the rout in hand, Rollings had a right to be critical. After all, Kennedy's the same team Rock Hill (3-2) blasted 92-20 just 10 days ago.

Still, after three Lady Bearcats scored in double figures and 10 of the 12 players had at least two points, he wasn't too rough on his team.

"We didn't come out with the intensity we wanted to, but we played much better the second half," he said.

Laquesha Crockett led the Lady 'Cats with 17 points and Paulette Rivers had 16 in the drubbing, keyed by Kennedy's 37 turnovers. Although Rock Hill mimicked the Eagles (1-3) in the first half with its own ball-handling miscues, it had more than enough room to win.

Early foul trouble forced two Eagles to the bench and Rock Hill responded with a 38-11 halftime lead. The cushion kept stretching until Kennedy requested a running clock in the fourth quarter, at which time Shandrice Erby finished a 13-point night and the rest of the Lady Bearcats got some playing time.

"I guess you could say that," said Crockett of the offensive explosion.

Kennedy's Awesome Awute and Cheante Miller each collected at least 10 rebounds, pacing a 34-26 board advantage. Rollings stressed the need for better glass control but again pointed out the Lady Bearcats are a work in progress.

"We haven't been rebounding the ball well," he said, "but we're still trying to put the pieces together."

K. Charter Rock Hill

• SPARTANBURG 71, NORTHWESTERN 47 -- Spartanburg rolled to a victory over Northwestern for the second time this season.

The Vikings' aggressive play allowed them to attack the basket early and often against the Trojans. Spartanburg held a commanding advantage from the free throw line, outscoring the Trojans 34-6.

"First of all, we need to play defense without fouling. We have to learn how to do that," Trojans coach John Bramlett said. "When you put the No. 2-ranked team in the state on the line that many times, you're not giving yourself a chance to win."

Northwestern's offense seemed out of sync all night and never settled down. The Trojans found themselves down 12 at the half, 30-18.

Sophomore Kelia Shelton led the way for Northwestern with a game-high 18 points and was the only double-figure scorer for the Trojans. Spartanburg placed four in double digits.

Sequoia Casey led the Vikings with 17 points. Johanna Stripling and Tierra Young each added 15 and Ashley Lang chipped in 10.

"We're going to have to get back on track defensively Monday," added Bramlett, in his first year at the helm. "We held the No. 4 team in the state (Dorman) to 48 points on Thursday night and played a great defensive ball game and we just didn't have that intensity tonight."

Northwestern dropped to 1-4 while Spartanburg improved to 3-0.

Northwestern Spartanburg

• PROVIDENCE DAY 48, NATION FORD 24 -- Nation Ford found the going difficult on the road as they fell to Providence Day 48-24.

The Lady Falcons were led by Carson Trull's 6 points . Morgan Wolf added 5 for Nation Ford.

Nation Ford Providence Day

• YORK 63, GAFFNEY 56 -- Nardia Robbins had a game-high 22 points to lead York past Gaffney.

"We played a balanced scoring game tonight, but still need to improve in a couple of areas," said York head coach Paula Blackwell. "Robbins did a great job not only scoring tonight, but also distributing the ball."

Gaffney York

• HUNTER HUSS (N.C.) 65, CLOVER 45 -- A slow start set the tone for Clover's first game of the season, as the Lady Blue Eagles fell to Hunter Huss at home, 65-45.

Clover was led by Iesha Wade and Candice Carter, each scored 10 points for the Lady Blue Eagles.

"We're still learning each other," Clover coach Michael Pearson said. "We started off slow.

"We weren't able to recover."

Hunter Huss Clover WCCS Southlake Blessed Hope Union Christian
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