Stallions keep running

South Pointe's Chelsea Douglas puts up a shot against Mauldin in the Class AAAA playoffs.
South Pointe's Chelsea Douglas puts up a shot against Mauldin in the Class AAAA playoffs.

Every time South Pointe's girls varsity basketball team wins, it sets a school record.

Tuesday's win over Mauldin in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs pushed the Lady Stallions' record to 24-2 and was a good example of why they are ranked third in the state.

Final score: South Pointe 70, Mauldin 39.

Time: 54 minutes, 22 seconds.

It was over by halftime, with South Pointe ahead 38-16.

The Lady Stallions showed a little of everything -- they should have double-charged at the door for the clinic they put on.

They ran the court; worked the ball around with crisp passes to find the open shot in the half-court game; played a variety of defenses, including man and a 2-3 zone; hit 24-of-42 shots from the floor before the game got sloppy in the final quarter; and hit 10-of-13 free throws, including their first nine.

Did we mention they committed only eight fouls, which is the reason the game was over quickly, with Mauldin being whistled just 12 times?

And that brings us to Ashawna Bost, who led all scorers with 18 points and drilled three 3-pointers.

Bost, the sister of former Rock Hill High School tight end/basketball player Andre Clark, is a junior. She moved to Rock Hill this year, leaving a very good Victory Christian team to move in with her father.

"At first, I didn't want to come,'' Bost said. "I talked to Chelsea (Douglas) and she said the team was very bad last year. I told her that would change.''

And how!

The Lady Stallions became the school's first team to win a region title, going 13-1 in Region 3-AAAA. They are playing their second season of varsity basketball, but most of the players were on the team three years ago when the school opened with JV teams.

It's been quite a season for South Pointe and first-year coach Brett Childers, who host Aiken at 7 p.m. on Friday in the second round.

South Pointe came out running, with Tianna Hemphill and Bost sweeping the boards and firing outlet passes. A large portion of those went to Douglas, who scored seven points in leading the Lady Stallions to a 22-10 lead at the end of the quarter.

But it was in no way a preview of what was to come, unless you count the first of Bost's 3-pointers.

The tempo slowed somewhat in the second quarter and South Pointe dusted off its inside game, passing inside to Hemphill and letting her score. The Lady Stallions hit 6-of-10 shots from the field in the second quarter.

The knockout punch came after halftime. South Pointe came out of the break running the court like a cross country team attacks a course and put the game away for good.

The Lady Stallions outscored the Lady Mavericks 20-8, while the beauty of the period was South Pointe's run.

Leading 44-20, the Lady Stallions scored 14 unanswered points to go up 58-20.

"We knew coming in they were fast and very athletic,'' Mauldin coach Angel Stepp said. "We couldn't slow them down. They were able to run the floor and score, which is what we expected.''

Mauldin (9-14) stepped up its game in the final quarter, besting South Pointe 15-12. The spree was led by sophomore Breona Blackwell, who scored 15 points. Senior Emily Ross had four points and ended up with 14.

"This was a special win for us, our first-ever trip to the playoffs,'' Childers said. "You can't do better than that, and like it's been all season, our speed was the difference. We are blessed to have five good starters and good players coming in off the bench.

"We worked hard on blocking out on the boards Monday at practice and it paid off tonight. Our kids have taken what we are trying to do to heart, and it's been a great season.''

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