Rock Hill 44, Fort Mill 32
The Rock Hill Bearcats used a 12-2 run to pull away from the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets and held on for a 44-32 victory Tuesday night at Fort Mill. The win moves the Bearcats to 17-3 and 5-1 in Region 4-5A.
Abriana Green and Rikoya Anderson led Rock Hill with 10 points each. K.K. Patterson led all scorers with 17 points and five three-pointers for the Yellow Jackets. She had 12 of those points in the first half.
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Rock Hill led 12-5 after one period. The Bearcats started the game by scoring the first seven points.
Patterson hit three three-pointers in the second quarter and four total in the first half for Fort Mill. The Bearcats led 19-15 at the half. The two teams combined for seven three-pointers in the half. It was a clean half, as there were only eight total fouls called.
Rock Hill scored eight of the first 11 points in the third period to finish a 12-2 run that started when the Jackets cut it to 16-15 in the second period.
Tee Ballard guarded Patterson in the third period and held her scoreless for eight minutes.
Fort Mill (10-8, 1-4) got as close as 33-26 early in the final frame after Patterson’s fifth three. But Green answered with two impressive drives to the basket to push the lead back out to 11 and Rock Hill kept the Jackets at arm’s length from there on out.
The Bearcats made 12 of 16 free throws on the night.
Clover 56, Nation Ford 42
Clover defeated Nation Ford 56-42 in a Region 4-5A game at Clover Tuesday night.
Clover is 13-8 overall and 4-2 in region play. Nation Ford is 13-6 in all games and 4-2 in the region.
Ridge View 73, Lancaster 48
Ridge View toppled Lancaster 73-48 in a Region 3-4A game at Lancaster Tuesday night.
Lancaster is 8-7 overall and 2-5 in region play.
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.
Lewisville 37, Governor’s School 34
Lewisville edged Governor’s School 37-34 in a Region 2A game at Governor’s School Tuesday night.
Lewisville trailed 19-18 at halftime, but took the lead after three periods and held on for the win.
Amber Bass led Lewisville with 17 points. She got 10 of them in the final period. Bass also had seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Hannah McCallister added eight points and pulled down eight rebounds.
Lewisville is 5-13 in all games and 2-5 in the region.
Coaches association releases polls
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has announced its latest poll and Rock Hill and Nation Ford are on the lists.
1. Spring Valley, 2. Goose Creek, 3. Woodmont, 4. Rock Hill, 5. Wade Hampton (G), 6. Carolina Forest, 7. Fort Dorchester, 8. Greenwood, 9. Nation Ford, 10. Sumter.
1. North Augusta, 2. Richland Northeast, 3. Westwood, 4. Crestwood, 5. Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 6. Myrtle Beach, 7. Wilson, 8. Hartsville, 9. Greenville, 10. North Myrtle Beach.
1. Emerald, 2. Newberry, 3. Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 4. Pendleton, 5. Bishop England, 6. Swansea, 7. Battery Creek, 8. Manning, 9. Dillion, 10. Loris.
1. Marion, 2. Mullins, 3. Barnwell, 4. Brashier Middle, 5. Blacksburg, 6. Landrum, 7. Andrew Jackson, 8. Christ Church, 9. Burke, 10. Batesburg-Leesville.
1. East Clarendon, 2. Green Sea-Floyds, 3. Lamar, 4. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 5. Blackville-Hilda, 6. Denmark-Olar, 7. C. E. Murray, 8. Palmetto Scholars Academy, 9. Charleston Math & Science, 10. Estill.
Fort Mill 70, Rock Hill 42
It was Senior Night at Fort Mill High School on Tuesday night, and the Yellow Jackets got 14 points from senior Ryan Heriot and 11 from fellow 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 ultra 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 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.”
Fort Mill 70 Rock Hill 42
Individual scoring: FM - Ryan Heriot 14; Lawrence Adams 5; Cole Schleif 6; Will Ross 10; Carson Morton 9; Tyrel Lemon 2; Josh Amigo 11; Tearance Darby 4; Josh Velez 1; Michael Foti 2; Jordan Herman 6. Team fouls: FM - 7; RH 8. Three-pointers: FM 9 (Amigo 3, Ross 2, Heriot 2, Adams, Morton); RH 5 (Rinehart 3, Barber, Logan). Record - Fort Mill 11-7, 4-1 Region 4-5A.
Nation Ford 76, Clover 48
Nation Ford defeated Clover 76-48 in a Region 4-5A game at Clover Tuesday night. Junior guard Zeb Graham led the Falcons with 17 points, Khydarius Smith pitched in 13 and Malik Bryant 11.
Nation Ford is 14-6 in all games and 6-0 in region play. Clover is 12-9 overall and 2-4 in the region.
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 in all games 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.
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.
Coaches association announces polls
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association has released its most recent polls and four area team are included.
Great Falls has the highest ranking. The Red Devils are listed as the number two team in Class A.
1. Blythewood, 2. Conway, 3. Dorman, 4. West Ashley, 5. Wade Hampton (G), 6. Sumter, 7. Nation Ford, 8. Westside, 9. Gaffney, 10. Spring Valley.
1. Wilson, 2. Greenville, 3. Aiken, 4. Berkeley, 5. Westwood, 6. A. C. Flora, 7. Ridge View, 8. Travelers Rest, 9. North Augusta, 10. Orangeburg-Wilkinson.
1.Ridgeland-Hardeeville, 2. Southside, 3. Manning, 4. Loris, 5. Chester, 6. Newberry, 7. Chapman, 8. Clinton, 9. Wade Hampton (H), 10. Bluffton.
1. Gray Collegiate, 2. Carvers Bay, 3. Lee Central, 4. Keenan, 5. Calhoun County, 6. North Charleston, 7. Silver Bluff, 8. Marion, 9. Landrum, 10. St. Joseph’s.
1. Hemingway, 2. Great Falls, 3. Lowcountry Leadership, 4. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, 5. Williston-Elko, 6. High Point Academy, 7. McCormick, 8. Lewisville, 9. Ridge Spring-Monetta, 10. McBee.
The latest rankings have been announced and eight area teams are included.
Rock Hill has the highest ranking. The Bearcats are second in the Class 5A poll.
1. Fort Dorchester, 2. Rock Hill, 3. Hillcrest, 4. River Bluff, 5. Ashley Ridge, 6. Mauldin, 7. Lexington, 8. Summerville, 9. Goose Creek, 10. Fort Mill, 11. Stratford, 12. Clover, 13. Northwestern, 14. Byrnes, 15. Dorman, 16. Boiling Springs, 17. Carolina Forest, 18. Easley, 19. White Knoll, 20. Greenwood.
1. Eastside, 2. Belton-Honea Path, 3. Lugoff-Elgin, 4. Chapin, 5. Cane Bay, 6. Beaufort, 7. Hilton Head, 8. Airport, 9. South Pointe, 10. Westwood, 11. Union County, 12. North Myrtle Beach, 13. Hartsville, 14. York, 15. St. James, 16. Pickens, 17. Travelers Rest, 18. Greer, 19. Blue Ridge, 20. Myrtle Beach.
1. West-Oak, 2. Indian Land, 3. Broome, 4. Chester, 5. Crescent, 6. Woodruff, 7. Powdersville, 8. Emerald, 9. Swansea, 10. Battery Creek, 11. Palmetto, 12. Hanahan, 13. Timberland, 14. Lake City, 15. Camden, 16. Gilbert, 17. May River, 18. Waccamaw, 19. Loris, 20. Aynor.
Compiled by Sam Copeland and Steven Bowers