Stallions' long-range jumpers sink Nation Ford

FORT MILL -- South Pointe made four 3-pointers in the first quarter to build open a double-digit lead and coasted to a 72-38 win over Nation Ford on Friday night.

The Stallions hit eight 3-pointers in the game, as more players return to basketball mode after South Pointe's state championship on the gridiron.

Cory Kessler had five of the Stallions' 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 18 points. Manzy Miller chipped in with 12.

Nation Ford had three starters with three fouls in the first half, contributing to a rough night for the Falcons.

Sam Hirsch ended the game with 10 points and Jaylen Reid added 11, the only Falcons in double figures.

"There were not too many positives from this game," Falcons coach Artie Moore said. "Our kids are young and hopefully can have a short memory; we have to put this game behind us."

--Ryan Troutman

• YORK 81, CHESTER 67 -- The York Cougars followed through with a plan to capitalize on what many consider is Chester's defensive strength on Friday night.

The Cougars countered the Cyclones' defensive quickness and in the process, converted numerous times in the interior and pulled away with the 81-67 victory.

"They are very scrappy defensively," York coach Kendall McCarter said. "They are very quick and get to the ball on defense; therefore, we knew that they would take plenty of chances," with attempted steals and traps.

"When they took those chances, we did a good job of capitalizing on their mistakes. We got the ball on the inside," and converted on numerous high-percentage shots.

The Cougars used the hot hands of three sophomores -- Brandon Hagins, Jerry Holmes, and Zach Sharp -- to provide the bulk of its offense. The sophomore trio combined for 63 points with Hagins leading the way with 29 points. Holmes and Sharp added 13 and 11, respectively.

"We were able to box out and get good position on the inside," Hagins said.

York led 37-25 at the half and appeared to be ready to blow the contest open with a 50-37 lead with 2:55 remaining in the third quarter. However, consecutive 3-pointers and two free throws from guard Julius Pendergrass brought Chester to within 50-46 at the 1:50 mark.

However, Holmes and Sharp scored on the next two Cougar trips, and Ben Kennan scored on a tip-in at the buzzer to allow York to regain control, 58-48, after three quarters.

Holmes sank a deep 3-pointer, and Hagins followed with consecutive field goals to give York a 65-48 lead and that proved to be too much of a hill for the Cyclones to climb back from.

Pendergrass led Chester with 17 points.

-- Irvin Goodwin