CLOVER -- Northwestern built a big lead and then held on to beat Clover 52-48.
The Lady Trojans secured a playoff spot with the win. Northwestern improved to 8-4 in Region 3-AAAA and remains in third place a game behind York.
Northwestern took advantage of numerous Clover turnovers to lead by eight points at halftime. Clover had as many turnovers (16) as points in the first half.
Kelia Shelton, the Trojans' sophomore leading scorer, got going in the second half. She scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the final two quarters.
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Northwestern led 50-35 in the fourth quarter, then began to unravel.
"We got complacent and Clover's girls never looked at the scoreboard," Trojans coach John Bramlett said.
"Our girls are stilling learning. I'll take the win."
Clover closed to within three, 51-48, after Iesha Wade canned a 3-pointer and Stephanie Dover hit one of two free throws with 20 seconds left in the game.
The loss marked the seventh time this season Clover has lost by four points or fewer.
"We are a young team. We've learned a lot this year," Clover coach Mike Pearson said.
Pearson said Northwestern is a good defensive team.
"They are as good defensively as South Pointe. They put Mary Kate DuBard on (Iesha) Wade. She justs frustrates whoever she guards. She may be the best defender in the region."
Wade was held to six points.
Brittany Jo Bowman and Rachael Newmister scored 13 apiece to lead Clover (6-12, 3-9).
Gabrielle Bennett added 12 points for the Trojans.
Northwestern 9 15 18 10 -- 52
Clover 8 8 14 18 -- 48
3-pointers -- Northwestern 2 (Shelton 2), Clover 2 (Bowman, Wade). Team fouls -- Northwestern 17, Clover 16. Fouled out -- Bennett (N), Dover (C)
Records: Northwestern 9-11, 8-4 Region 3-AAAA; Clover 6-12, 3-9
• YORK 55, NATION FORD 37 -- In York, the Lady Cougars pounded the ball inside to sophomore post player Tikierra Anderson, something it's done all season, and polished off Nation Ford in a key late-season region matchup.
York's Nardia Roberts, who finished with nine assists, sliced her way through the Falcons' defense all night and continually found Anderson open under the basket. Anderson scored eight of the Cougars' first 10 points and finished with a game-high 19.
York 17 12 6 20 -- 55
Nation Ford 11 10 8 8 -- 37
• LANCASTER 42, FORT MILL 30 -- In Fort Mill, Lancaster rallied from an eight-point deficit with four minutes remaining in the third period to beat Fort Mill.
The Lady Bruins had two runs that hurt Fort Mill. The first came at the end of the second quarter, scoring six points in the final 50 seconds. The final two were on a tip-in at the buzzer from Demiah Jones after she followed up a miss from her sister Daquana Jones.
During the final 12 minutes of the game, Lancaster outscored the Lady Jackets 24-4, and kept Fort Mill from making a field goal during the same span.
Just before the game-changing run, Lancaster coach Ryan Robinson called a timeout and switched his defense to a 1-3-1 three-quarter-court trap. Fort Mill never found an answer to the press, committing 18 second-half turnovers.
The switch led directly to a 17-0 Lancaster run, before Megan Killmeyer finally ended the streak with two made free throws. Fort Mill stopped the Lady Bruins on their ensuing possession.
Fort Mill made it back to the foul line, where Courtney Grainger made one of two. Grainger's bucket cut the Lancaster lead to just six with three minutes remaining in the game, but the Lady Bruin defense once again proved to be Fort Mill's nemesis.
Lancaster scored seven straight to ice the game, handing the Lady Jackets their 12th conference loss in as many games.
The game had the potential to get out of hand earlier, but Lancaster struggled from the line for the first three quarters. The Lady Bruins were 7-for-20 from the free throw line through the first three quarters, and finished a subpar 13-for-30 for the game.
The Bruins had a balanced scoring attack, led by Demiah Jones and Makita Truehart, who ended the game with 10 points. Tamisha Fletcher chipped in with eight points.
Fort Mill 14 6 6 4 -- 30
Lancaster 7 10 11 14 -- 42
• INDIAN LAND 53, CHESTERFIELD 52 -- Mariah Williams hit the game-winning shot with 2.5 second left to lift Indian Land over Chesterfield. Her basket capped off a Warrior rally, as Indian Land trailed by as many as 14 on two different occasions in the first half.
The turnaround in the second half was methodical. Indian Land was able to cut a 34-23 lead down to five after three quarters. Hannah Morris led the Indian Land comeback with 10 second-half points and 13 overall. Williams had 12 points, eight in the fourth quarter. Victoria McVicker led Chesterfield with 13 points.
Chesterfield 19 15 9 9 -- 52
Indian Land 9 14 15 15 -- 53
Great Falls 10 6 17 10 -- 43
McBee 9 5 7 9 -- 30
Chester 12 6 12 11 6 -- 47
Blythewood 16 14 4 7 8 -- 49
WCCS 14 10 7 14 -- 45
Northside 11 3 12 14 -- 40
Carolina 18 18 14 9 -- 59
Blessed Hope 6 11 5 3 -- 25