High School Sports

Rock Hill girls defeat Dorman to advance in 5A playoffs


Rock Hill 50, Dorman 30

The Rock Hill Bearcats used scoring sprees to start both the second and third periods and got 19 points from RiKoya Anderson to defeat the Dorman Cavaliers 50-30 Friday night at Rock Hill.

Tee Ballard joined Anderson in double figures with 13. The fourth-ranked Bearcats (22-3) advance to the third round of the 5A playoffs and travel to Wade Hampton Monday night.

“They were state runner-ups last year,” Rock Hill coach Kenny Orr said of the next opponent. “It’s going to be a game where we can’t have shortcomings like we did here, and we can’t have droughts. We’ve got to play smarter and know the climate of the game. And stop making silly plays.”

Alexis Rice led Dorman with 17 points and no one else scored a point for the visitors until Gracie Black hit a free throw with 5:10 left in the third period.

Rock Hill scored the first seven points of the game. The Cavaliers didn’t score until the 1:40 mark of the first period, but then scored the final seven to tie it up. Rice scored all seven after coming out earlier injured.

Rock Hill missed some easy shots and turned the ball over, but the defense was solid throughout.

“For some reason, all of our games are tending to be like that lately,” Orr said. “We did some things we normally don’t do, but we had to fight through them and persevere.”

The Bearcats started the second period on a 10-0 run to regain the lead 17-7. Four players scored the 10 points, including 3s from both Anderson and Brianna Green.

Rock Hill maintained a 10-point edge at the half 21-11. The home team scored the first seven of the second half for a 28-11 lead after Ballard completed a three-point play with 5:21 left in the third period.

Gaffney 36, Nation Ford 33

Gaffney edged Nation Ford 36-33 in the second round of the 5A playoffs Friday night in Gaffney.

Gaffney led 9-8 after one period and 17-16 at intermission. Nation Ford took a 24-21 lead after three quarters.

The lead changed hands several times in the fourth quarter. With 4:58 to play Nation Ford led 27-24. Gaffney used a 10-2 run to take a 34-31 lead with 58 seconds remaining.

Kelcie Adams’ jumper cut it to 34-33, but Gaffney held on for the win.

Alexis Clement led Nation Ford with 10 points.

Nation Ford finished the year with an overall record of 17-7.


Chester 76, Newberry 62

Chester toppled Newberry 76-62 in the second round of the 3A playoffs Friday night in Newberry.

Chester improved to 17-5 and travel to Walhalla on Tuesday night for third-round action.

Walhalla 63, Indian Land 52

Walhalla topped Indian Land 63-52 in the second round of the 3A playoffs Friday night in Walhalla.

Indian Land finishes the season with a record of 11-14.

Great Falls 89, Blackville-Hilda 47

Great Falls routed Blackville-Hilda 89-47 in the second round of the Class A playoffs Friday night in Great Falls.

The win improved Great Falls to 19-4 on the year. The Red Devils will play Lewisville on Tuesday night in the third round of play.

Compiled by Steven Bowers and Sam Copeland