The Rock Hill girls’ basketball program has taken another step forward. Thursday night they got 12 points from Kendall Lahr and used a 10-0 third-quarter run to pull away and defeat the Mauldin Mavericks 48-30 at Rock Hill High. The Bearcats will travel and take on the Spring Valley Vikings Friday night.
“Kendall does a good job of reading what happens and using her speed,” Rock Hill coach Kenny Orr said. “From where we were four years ago to now...you know two years ago we made the playoffs and got beat in the first round. To compete for the region title and win a first round playoff game, it speaks to the girls’ commitment to working, off-season workouts, the weight room, conditioning, and now it’s paying off. They are reaping the benefits. Hopefully we can be one of those programs like Spring Valley.”
Rock Hill came out hot to start the game with Madison Hendrix twice feeding outlet passes to Lahr who scored on the breakaways. A three-pointer from Tilandra Staton made it 7-0. Mauldin answered with a 12-1 run to take the lead. Dah’Vielle Lucas had five of her team-high 10 points in that spurt and Kaleah Shaw had three. Another three from Staton at the quarter buzzer cut it to 12-11 after one.
Rock Hill struggled with the Mavericks’ size early and forced some passes that led to turnovers.
A baseline pull-up 12-footer by Marley Landrum to start the second put the Bearcats up 13-12, and a bucket by Monet’ Mackey finished another 7-0 run for the hosts. After Lucas retook the lead for the visitors, Landrum again gave Rock Hill the lead, this time with a three from the left side that made it 18-16 with 5:35 to go in the half. The Bearcats led 22-19 at intermission.
The Bearcats held a slim 24-21 lead early in the third period before going on the 10-point scoring spree that opened things up. Modesty Fobbs started it with two free throws and then another bucket inside. After Lahr scored, Mauldin called timeout down 30-21 with 3:58 left in the third. But after the timeout, Lahr scored on another drive to the basket and Monique Stevenson did the same to make it 34-21.
After a 6-0 run early in the fourth by Mauldin, Rock Hill matched it with six of their own. Anita Jones punctuated it with a steal and length-of-the-court drive for a layup. A three from Shaw cut it to 40-30 with 4:05 to play but the Bearcats scored the final eight points of the game. Six of those came from Hendrix.
Rock Hill 48 Mauldin 30
Individual scoring: RH - Kendall Lahr 12, Madison Hendrix 8, Tilandra Staton 8, Modesty Fobbs 5, Marley Landrum 5, Anita Jones 4, Monet’ Mackey 4, Monique Stevenson 2. MHS - Dah’Vielle Lucas 10, Kaleah Shaw 9, Hannah Hodges 3, Makahla Green 2, Marshay Leake 2, Anika Simpson 2, Aury Tinch 2. Team fouls: RH - 15. MHS - 21. Three-pointers: RH - 3 (Staton 2, Landrum). MHS - 1 (Shaw). Records - Rock Hill 18-7; Mauldin 12-13.