FORT MILL — Indian Land turn turnovers into points in won over Fort Mill
The Indian Land Warriors boys’ basketball team marched out of Fort Mill High Friday night with a 56-42 win over the Jackets for the first time in years.
Indian Land, which improved to 4-0, was led by freshman Darnel Rogers, who scored 19, and senior Hayden Sawyer, who scored 15 as they forced Fort Mill into 25 turnovers in the game and shot 40 percent from the field.
“We just played,” said Warriors head coach Nate Smith. “We hadn’t beat Fort Mill in years. I told our seniors that this was the last time they would be playing here. That was motivation right there.”
Fort Mill, now 1-1, struggled from the line, hitting just 5-of-15 free-throws in the game and had 15 turnovers in the first half.
“The second quarter we didn’t take care of the ball,” said Jackets head coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “They have got a good team. It’s early. We are going to keep trying to get better.”
Both teams started the game off slow and Fort Mill was able to get good looks at the basket as they went 7-13 from the field in the opening quarter and came away with a 19-15 lead despite Rogers getting eight of his 19 points.
The second quarter is where the train started coming off the tracks for Fort Mill. The Jackets had 10 turnovers in the quarter alone, as Indian Land took advantage of their miscues.
The Warriors’ senior Cameron Davis scored five of his 12 points in the quarter. Indian Land hit three of eight 3-pointers in the quarter and Fort Mill struggled to get a shot off the first two minutes of the period.
In fact, the Jackets’ only hit three shots the entire quarter and went 2-7 from the foul line.
Despite its struggles, Fort Mill was able to go on a 7-0 run, but couldn’t keep up with Indian Land’s quickness and were often beat to the ball as passes were intercepted and the Warriors stormed back to take a 32-27 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, the Jackets again struggled to get shots off taking just five from the field, while Indian Land shot 40 percent in the quarter and Sawyer got hot, scoring five of his 15 points in the quarter.
Rogers also added five points in the quarter as the two combined to score 10 of the Warriors’ 12 points in the period.
By the time the period ended, Indian Land had a comfortable 44-32 lead over Fort Mill.
In the final quarter, the Jackets’ senior Harrison Lancaster scored six of his team leading 15 points on two 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to rally Fort Mill.
Earlier in the week, Fort Mill opened the season winning at Forestview 63-54 as junior Devan Thacker led the way with 22 points. Lancaster and senior Matt Ferguson each had 11 and Rylan Wells added 10 in the win.
Lady Jackets win big
Fort Mill improved to 2-2 in the early part of the season by tearing through the Lady Warriors 48-23, leading at times by 40 points.
The Lady Jackets were led by junior Arianna Grevious, who scored 12 points, and senior Rae Lynch, who dropped in 11, including three 3-pointers.
The game also saw the return of senior Hannah-Kate Christopher, who scored two points in the game, going 1-4 from the field. Christopher had been rehabbing from a severe knee injury that cut short her junior year season.
Indian Land had 42 turnovers in the game and 13 in the opening quarter.
After the opening period, Fort Mill had a 20-2 lead and took a 28-6 lead into halftime.
The Lady Jackets shot just 27 percent from the field, but took an amazing 78 shots in the game, compared to just 33 shots from Indian Land.
Lynch scored all 11 of her points in the first and third quarter and Grevious went 6-14 from the field playing throughout.
Trailing 42-8 after three quarters, Indian Land did play better in the fourth quarter as leading scorer freshman Kate Komorous scored all six of her points in the final period, as did junior Shae Dougherty, who added five.
The Lady Warriors outscored Fort Mill 15-6 in the period, with Komorous and Dougherty scoring the majority of points for Indian Land.
Earlier in the week, Fort Mill had a strong lead over Forestview, but let it slip away. The Lady Jackets led by eight at the half, but eventually lost, 56-48.
Grevious scored 11 in the win and freshman Madison Hendrix added 17 for Fort Mill, as she hit the team’s only 3-pointers in the game, three of them.
Forestview outscored the Lady Jackets 20-14 in the third quarter and then 15-5 in the final period to overtake them. Fort Mill had 20 second half turnovers, including 11 in the third quarter.