FORT MILL --
With neither team playing for a playoff spot, all that was on the line was pride for both the Lady Falcons and Lady Jackets when the two took the court for the last game of their basketball seasons.
Nation Ford cruised to a 56-36 win over Fort Mill as the Lady Jackets went two quarters without hitting a field goal.
The Lady Falcons were led by juniors Taylor Yarborough and Briley Prince. Yarborough dropped in 21, while Prince added 11. Nation Ford senior Tiaira Potts added nine points.
“I am really proud of our team effort,” said Nation Ford head coach Mike Smith. “We had good offensive movement and really played like a team. I am proud of our lone senior Tiaira Potts and how she finished the year off.”
The Lady Jackets were led by senior Lauren Wood, who scored 13 points.
Fort Mill had two key contributors out in Madison Hendrix and Ally Abbott.
Down 40-18 entering the fourth quarter, Fort Mill tried to fight its way back in it, but the gap was too much despite scoring a game-high 18 points.
The Lady Falcons started the third quarter on an 8-0 run after being up by 10 at the half, which put them up 34-16 with about 4:30 left in the quarter.
Fort Mill struggled to get good shots and rebounding the ball. Fort Mill’s foul shooting kept it in the game in the second quarter, but the Lady Jackets struggled to get to the line in the third. The Lady Jackets went 0-for-12 in the third quarter and made it to the foul line just once.
The second quarter saw both teams go back-and-forth to start things. Turnovers started to hurt Fort Mill, giving the Lady Falcons more possessions.
Nation Ford went up 17-14 on consecutive hoops by Prince and Yarborough. However, the offense for both teams slowed to a snail’s pace as they traded turnovers.
The Lady Falcons then picked up the pace and went on an 8-0 run, causing Fort Mill to struggle on both sides of the court. Fort Mill didn’t hit a field goal in the second quarter as it went 0-for-9 from the field and had 10 turnovers in the period.
Fort Mill got several early opportunities, but struggled to convert. Height was the key for both teams as they went to their taller players to convert. Fort Mill’s Wood took advantage of lapse in the Nation Ford defense and got easy put backs and shots along the baseline in the opening quarter. She scored seven points in the opening quarter.
Nation Ford rallied, late hitting back-to-back 3-pointers by Prince and Potts to put the Lady Falcons back on top.
Nation Ford 56, Fort Mill 36
Fort Mill – Lauren Wood 13, Arianna Grevious 7, Rae Lynch 5, Hannah-Kate Christopher 4, Payton Carter 3, Savannah Morgan 2, Sierra Patterson 2. Nation Ford – Taylor Yarborough 21, Briley Prince 11, Tiaria Potts 9, Dani Shaddix 5, Jessie Raniszewski 4, Zippy Lincoln 4, Ann Newton 2.
3 – pointers: Fort Mill 1 (Rae Lynch), Nation Ford 5 (Prince 3, Potts 1, Yarborough 1).
Team fouls: Fort Mill 12, Nation Ford 19. Fouled out: Taylor Yarborough (NF).
Records: Fort Mill 9-14, 3-11 Region III-AAAA; Nation Ford 11-12, 5-9 Region III-AAAA.