Great Falls 50, Lewisville 48
The Great Falls Red Devils held off a late Lewisville rally to beat the Lions 50-48 Friday night in a Region 2A game at Richburg.
The teams’ previous meeting two weeks ago was stopped early after on-court fighting. There wasn’t a repeat Friday night though, and with both teams eliminated from playoff contention the only thing to fight over was bragging rights. But in a gym jam-packed with fans divided on everything but a shared distaste for the referees, there was plenty to play for.
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Great Falls (3-12, 3-5 Region 2-A) applied light fullcourt pressure with positive early returns. Anaya Canty, who led Great Falls with 17 points, was active in passing lanes and got a few easy buckets off lollipop tosses by Lewisville (5-14, 2-6) players.
Several Lions’ 12th graders started on senior night and played the first 62 seconds before regular contributors checked in. One of them, Amber Bass, who led all scorers with 21 points, scored twice shortly after coming in the game, but the visiting Red Devils still led 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, and 23-20 at the half.
The Lions took their first lead in the third quarter, Ally Keels scoring and Blakeley Elliott turning a steal into a layup and a 32-28 Lewisville lead.
It was close the rest of the way. Great Falls opened the game’s biggest lead at 49-42 on Jazmine Floyd’s corner 3. But Lewisville almost immediately erased the lead, leaving the Red Devils clinging to a 50-48 advantage with 18.9 seconds. The Lions couldn’t get off a shot and coach Tearia McCrorey called timeout with 4.9 ticks left. Lewisville threw away the ensuing inbounds pass and the Red Devils emerged victorious.
Nation Ford 55, Northwestern 38
Nation Ford defeated Northwestern 55-38 in a Region 4-5A game at Nation Ford Friday night.
Kelci Adams led Nation Ford with 15 points. Amiah Lindsay chipped in 13 points to the winning effort.
Nation Ford is 14-6 overall and 5-2 in the region. Northwestern is 4-16 in all games and 0-6 in the region.
Clover 39, Fort Mill 25
Clover defeated Fort Mill 39-25 in a Region 4-5A game at Clover Friday night.
Clover is 14-8 in all games and 5-2 in the region. Fort Mill is 10-10 overall and 1-5 in region play.
Rock Hill 51, Fairfield Central 48
Rock Hill edged Fairfield Central 51-48 in a non-region game at Rock Hill Friday night.
Rock Hill is 18-3 overall on the year.
South Pointe 64, York 27
South Pointe topped York 64-27 in a Region 3-4A game at South Pointe Friday night.
South Pointe is 15-8 overall and 4-4 in the region. York is 4-17 in all games and 1-7 in region play.
Westwood 78, Lancaster 47
Westwood toppled Lancaster 78-47 in a Region 3-4A game at Westwood Friday night.
Lancaster is 9-8 overall and 2-6 in the region.
Camden 53, Chester 24
Camden defeated Chester 53-24 in a Region 4-3A game at Camden Friday night.
Chester is 2-18 overall and 2-5 in region play.
Lewisville 55, Great Falls 50
The Lewisville Lions pulled away from the Great Falls Red Devils for a 55-50 win Friday night in Richburg that leaves the Region 2-A boys’ basketball championship up for grabs.
The Lions (12-8, 6-2 Region 2-A) survived 16 missed free throws to pull level with Great Falls at 6-2 in the region. The Red Devils (15-4, 6-2) would have been tied with McBee in first place with a win, but now have to beat the Panthers on Tuesday to have a chance to win the region title.
Lewisville’s Jadakiss Talford was a load inside and out, scoring 18 points. Maurice Grant chipped in 14 for the Lions. Kelton Talford had 15 for the Red Devils.
Great Falls led 25-20 at the half. Jadakiss Talford went to work down low early for Lewisville in a very physical game played with almost desperate intensity by both sides. But a Donnell Adams 3-pointer and a pair of Kelton Talford free throws gave the Red Devils their biggest lead of the half 25-19.
The quality of play lagged in the third quarter as the pressure ratcheted up even more. ZyDerrick Jordan finished off the glass, while drawing a foul, but Talford sunk a triple then scored on a follow-up under the basket as the quarter expired, with the Lions in front 37-32.
The game went to the wire. But Grant finished with the left hand, then swatted away a Great Falls layup attempt at the other end. Up by a couple points, Lewisville got a layup and two free throws from Demetric Hardin to ice the rivalry win.
Fort Mill 41, Clover 40
Fort Mill edged Clover 41-40 in a Region 4-5A game at Clover Friday night.
Fort Mill is 13-7 overall and 5-1 in the region. Clover is 12-10 in all games and 2-5 in the region.
Nation Ford 83, Northwestern 74
Nation Ford defeated Northwestern 83-74 in a Region 4-5A game at Nation Ford Friday night.
Zeb Graham led Nation Ford with 22 points. Malik Bryant and Shaman Alston added 17 and 16 points respectively to the winning effort.
Nation Ford is 15-6 overall and 7-0 in the region. Northwestern is 9-12 in all games and 2-4 in region action.
Rock Hill 58, Fairfield Central 52
Rock Hill built a 35-24 lead at halftime and held on in the second half for a 58-52 win over Fairfield Central Friday night at Rock Hill.
Rock Hill is 4-15 overall.
Camden 79, Chester 34
Camden defeated Chester 79-34 in a Region 4-3A game at Camden Friday night.
Chester is 14-5 overall and 5-2 in the region.
Playoffs begin Saturday
The opening two rounds of the state tournament unfold Saturday, and eight area teams will be on the mat.
In Class 5A, Rock Hill will host Greenwood, Dorman and Woodmont beginning at 10 a.m. Rock Hill faces Greenwood in the opening round.
In other 5A action, Fort Mill travels to Byrnes, where the Yellow Jackets will wrestle Laurens in the first round. Other 5A matches send Clover to Easley, where the Blue Eagles take on Mauldin in the opening round, and Northwestern to Hillcrest for the first round.
In Class 4A, South Pointe will host North Augusta, Pickens and Travelers Rest beginning at 10 a.m. South Pointe goes against North Augusta in the first round. The other Class 4A team in action is York as the Cougars go to Eastside, where they take on South Aiken in the opening round.
In Class 3A, Indian Land will host Berea, Woodruff and Walhalla. Indian Land goes against Berea in the opening round. The other Class 3A team in the playoffs is Chester, which will travel to Broome to face Palmetto in the first round.
Compiled by Bret McCormick and Sam Copeland