Nation Ford 76, Clover 48
Nation Ford raced to a 24-7 lead after one period and never looked back as the Falcons topped Clover 76-48 in a Region 4-5A game at Clover Tuesday night.
Nation Ford built a 41-16 cushion at intermission and coasted to the victory.
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Zeb Graham led a trio of Nation Ford players in double figures with 17 points. Khy Smith and Malik Bryant each added 13 points to the winning attack.
Qwashun Garrett paced Clover with 13 and Andrew White added 12.
Nation Ford is 14-6 overall and 6-0 in region play. Clover is 12-9 in all games and 2-4 in the region.
Fort Mill 70, Rock Hill 42
It was senior night at Fort Mill High School on Tuesday, and the Yellow Jackets got 14 points from senior Ryan Heriot and 11 from classmate Josh Amigo to help defeat the Rock Hill Bearcats 70-42.
Three more seniors contributed and scored some buckets as Cole Schleif, Michael Foti and Tyrel Lemon tallied 6, 2, and 2 respectively. The win improves Fort Mill to 4-1 in Region 4-5A, and keeps the Yellow Jackets hot on the heels of 5-0 rival Nation Ford.
“Coming into the year, I wanted us to be competitive come region time,” Fort Mill coach Dwayne Hartsoe said. “And our kids have really bought in, and some kids have played better than I was expecting them to play.”
Rock Hill is young with no seniors, and plays mostly sophomores and eighth-grader Luke Bracey.
Sophomore Jacob Rinehart led the Bearcats with 11 points and drained three three-pointers in the fourth period.
The Yellow Jackets used an 18-2 run to change a 12-9 lead in the first period to 30-11 halfway through the second. Fort Mill hit six 3s in the first half, with two each coming from Heriot and Amigo. Heriot had the first seven points of the game for the Yellow Jackets and had nine total in the first eight minutes. Fort Mill held a 35-14 advantage at halftime.
“Ryan and Josh were really the only kids that saw any significant playing time last year of anybody that is on the team,” Hartsoe said. “Josh Velez missed all of last year with shoulder surgery. He’s a senior that has worked really hard to get back and has helped our team. I can’t say enough about our seniors.”
The youthful Bearcats (3-15, 0-6 in Region 4-5A) went on a 10-2 spurt early in the second half to cut the deficit to 39-24.
Lots of kids got to play in the fourth quarter for the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore big man Jordan Herman was active and used his girth inside to score six in the final frame.
“Jordan is a 10th-grader we just brought up right around Christmastime,” Hartsoe said. “So he’s still learning the system. But I think he’s going to be a good player for us. Something we haven’t had, he gives us some size in there.”
Northwestern 61, Spartanburg 56
Northwestern edged Spartanburg 61-56 in a non-region game at Spartanburg Tuesday night.
Northwestern is 9-11 overall.
Ridge View 74, Lancaster 42
Ridge View beat Lancaster 74-42 in a Region 3-4A game at Lancaster Tuesday night.
Lancaster is 6-7 in all games and 2-4 in region play.
Westwood 59, York 52
Westwood defeated York 59-52 in a Region 3-4A game at York Tuesday night.
York is 10-10 overall and 3-3 in region play.
Chester 78, Columbia 52
Chester took a 40-19 lead at halftime and defeated Columbia 78-52 in a Region 4-3A game at Chester Tuesday night.
Chester is 14-4 overall and 5-1 in the region.
Indian Land 55, Andrew Jackson 48
Indian Land defeated Andrew Jackson 55-48 in a non-region game at Andrew Jackson Tuesday night.
Indian Land, which led 26-22 at halftime, is 8-12 overall.
Lewisville 74, Governor’s School 20
Lewisville routed Governor’s School 74-20 in a Region 2A game at Governor’s School Tuesday night.
Lewisville is 11-8 overall and 5-2 in region play.
Great Falls 75, Timmonsville 58
Great Falls toppled Timmonsville 75-58 in a Region 2A game at Great Falls Tuesday night.
Great Falls is 15-3 overall and 6-1 in region action.
Spartanburg 41, Northwestern 37
Spartanburg came from behind in the second half and edged Northwestern 41-37 in a non-region game at Spartanburg Tuesday night.
Northwestern led 27-20 at halftime, but Spartanburg outscored the visitors 21-10 in the second half to claim the win.
Northwestern is 4-15 overall.
Richland Northeast 62, South Pointe 56
Richland Northeast edged South Pointe 62-56 in a Region 3-4A game at Richland Northeast Tuesday night.
South Pointe is 14-8 overall and 3-4 in region play.
Westwood 73, York 34
Westwood defeated York 73-34 in a Region 3-4A game at York Tuesday night.
York is 4-16 in all games and 1-6 in region play.
Columbia 57, Chester 25
Columbia toppled Chester 57-26 in a Region 4-3A game at Chester Tuesday night.
Chester is 2-17 in all games and 2-4 in the region.
Andrew Jackson 71, Indian Land 20
Andrew Jackson built a 37-8 lead at intermission and went on to defeat Indian Land 71-20 in a non-region game at Andrew Jackson Tuesday night.
Indian Land is 0-17 overall.
Timmonsville 46, Great Falls 18
Timmonsville took a 25-8 lead at halftime and crushed Great Falls 46-18 in a Region 2A game at Great Falls Tuesday night.
Great Falls is 2-12 overall and 1-5 in the region.
3 area coaches earn state honors
The National Federation of High Schools has released its South Carolina high school coaches of the year for 2017-18, and three area coaches are on the select list.
Northwestern baseball coach Mitch Walters, Fort Mill girls and boys swimming coach Cindy Van Buskirk, and Rock Hill girls’ tennis coach Scott Neely were chosen as the coach of the year in their respective sports.
In addition to the state recognition Van Buskirk was named as the sectional coach of the year in girls’ and boys swimming.