Northwestern and South Pointe’s girls’ basketball teams barely made it up and down the court once Tuesday night without a foul whistled.
But South Pointe held Lisa Rivers’ Northwestern team to 11 points in the second and third quarters combined to get the 57-44 win, ugly or otherwise.
Jo Roberson led all scorers with 17 points. Jamia Blake added 10 for the Stallions (6-2), while Jabree McMullen led Northwestern (4-2) with 11.
The two teams combined for 24 fouls in a first half reminiscent of a demolition derby and both sides were in the 1-and-1 shooting bonus before the first quarter’s end.
The Trojans’ biggest offensive output came from the foul line and helped them to a 17-13 first quarter lead. But the host Stallions outscored the Trojans 17-6 in the second quarter to take the lead.
Daicia Davis’ corner 3 and Roberson’s bucket plus the foul fueled the Stallions’ run into a 30-23 halftime lead.
The Stallions lost star sophomore Jamia Blake just before the half. She smacked heads with a Trojans player, opening a bloody cut on her forehead.
Blake, who has a scholarship offer from Furman, didn’t return to the game.
South Pointe scored the first four points of the second half, Roberson and Sydney Chisholm hitting shots to force another early Northwestern timeout.
Roberson and Chisholm picked up the slack with Blake out, and the Stallions pulled away.
Chesterfield 50, Lewisville 49
Chesterfield came from behind in the final period and edged Lewisville 50-49 in a non-region game at Lewisville Tuesday night.
Lewisville trailed 28-24 at halftime, but took a 38-37 lead after three periods. Chesterfield outscored Lewisville 13-11 in the final period to claim the win.
Amber Bass led Lewisville with 25 points and nine rebounds.
Lewisville is 2-6 on the year.
Lancaster 76, Chester 29
Lancaster defeated Chester 76-29 in a non-region game at Lancaster Tuesday nght.
Lancaster is 4-2 on the year, while Chester is winless in nine outings.
Nation Ford 51, Gaffney 34
Nation Ford defeated Gaffney 51-34 in a non-region game at Nation Ford Monday night.
Nation Ford led 30-17 at halftime and extended the lead in the second half.
Nation Ford improved to 6-0 on the year.
York Prep 55, Lewisville 27
York Prep toppled Lewisville 55-27 in a non-region game at York Prep Monday night.
Amber Bass led Lewisville with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Lewisville is 2-5 on the year.
Coaches Association Releases Poll
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has released its latest rankings and four area teams are included.
5A - 1. Goose Creek, 2. Woodmont, 3. Wade Hampton (G), 4. Wando, 5. Dorman, 6. Conway, 7. Nation Ford, 8. Rock Hill, 9. Spring Valley, 10. Clover.
4A - 1. North Augusta, 2. Ridge View, 3. Westwood, 4. Richland Northeast, 5. Crestwood, 6. Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 7. Wilson, 8. Myrtle Beach, 9. Greenville, 10. Greer.
3A - 1. Battery Creek, 2. Loris, 3. Bishop England, 4. Pendleton, 5. Newberry, 6. Seneca, 7. Manning, 8. Bluffton, 9. Timberland 10. Camden.
2A - 1. Mullins, 2. Batesburg-Leesville, 3. Landrum, 4. Barnwell, 5. North Charleston, 6. Andrew Jackson, 7. Christ Church, 8. Brashier Middle College, 9. Burke, 10. Blacksburg.
1A - 1. Green Sea-Floyds, 2. Lamar, 3. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 4. Denmark-Olar, 5. East Clarendon, 6. Lewisville, 7. Timmonsville, 8. Blackville-Hilda, 9. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, 10. Baptist Hill.
South Pointe holds off Northwestern in close one
South Pointe struggled at the free throw line but still got a narrow 80-78 win over rival Northwestern Tuesday night.
The Stallions made just 12-of-32 attempts from the foul line, but the Trojans (3-3) couldn’t slow South Pointe duo Andarius Boulware and B.J. Davis, who combined for 49 points. Only Davis’ foul trouble slowed him down in his first basketball game of the season after missing the first few weeks because of football. He finished with 26 points.
Chris Leach led Northwestern with 17. Ashton Packer, Mason Gregg and Zay Martin each scored 11. The Trojans lost Martin, a standout and college prospect, to a knee injury just before halftime.
In an otherwise very close game, Northwestern led 51-41 early in the second half when South Pointe (6-1) made its run, 16-1 burst that gave Melvin Watson’s team a six-point lead heading into the final quarter. Boulware and Davis both had run-out dunks during the Stallion surge.
It stayed close the rest of the way but South Pointe was able to keep enough distance between itself and the visitors for the win. Davis made four free throws in the last minute to hold off the Trojans.
Gaffney 72, Nation Ford 61
Gaffney broke open a close game in the second half and defeated Nation Ford 72-61 in a non-region game at Nation Ford Monday night.
Gaffney was in front 35-34 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half.
Brad Childers led Gaffney with 26 points. Zeb Graham led Nation Ford with 26 points and Ben Tuipulota added nine points.
Nation Ford is 5-1 on the year.
Coaches Association Announces Top Teams
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has released its latest rankings and three area teams are on the list.
5A - 1. Dorman, 2. Conway, 3. Nation Ford, 4. Blythewood, 5. Gaffney, 6. Sumter, 7. Wade Hampton (G), 8. West Ashley, 9. Irmo, 10. Hillcrest.
4A - 1. Wilson, 2. Aiken, 3. Lakewood, 4. Greenville, 5. Berkeley, 6. North Augusta, 7. Lower Richland, 8. Ridge View, 9. Travelers Rest, 10. A. C. Flora.
3A - 1. Southside, 2. Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 3. Seneca, 4. Berea, 5. Wade Hampton (H), 6. Brookland-Cayce, 7. Newberry, 8. Bishop England, 9. Lake City, 10. Dillon.
2A - 1. Gray Collegiate, 2. Carvers Bay, 3. Calhoun County, 4. Keenan, 5. Lee Central, 6. Greenville Tech, 7. Landrum, 8. Kingstree, 9. Silver Bluff, 10. St. Joseph’s/Garrett Tech.
1A - 1. Hemingway, 2. Williston-Elko, 3. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, 4. Great Falls, 5. Bethune-Bowman, 6. Lewisville, 7. McCormick, 8. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 9. Baptist Hill, 10. Hannah-Pamplico.