Fort Mill girls sweep Forestview, keep torrid pace on basketball court

mbanks@comporium.netDecember 16, 2013 

Fort Mill’s Sierra Patterson (20) goes for the ball during the Lady Jackets’ game against Forestview.

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— The Fort Mill High Lady Jackets continued their impressive start to the 2013-2014 season by completing a sweep of the Forestview Lady Jaguars after winning 73-47 Thursday.

Fort Mill was led by sophomore Madison Hendrix and freshman Meredith Christopher. Both scored 12 points in the game.

The game started to get physical in the second half as the whistle seemed to blow on every trip up and down the court. Fort Mill had 31 fouls called against it and Forestview had 18. The Lady Jaguars went to the line 36 times for the game.

“They flexed their muscles in the second half and we got a little helter-skelter,” Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers said. “The good thing was we had a big lead. We are young and we have to learn to play with that type of lead. There are some things we can improve on.”

The Lady Jackets opened the second half with a 22-point lead. Fort Mill flowed like a well-seasoned team on both ends of the court at times, but also struggled with turnovers in the second half.

The teams combined for 55 turnovers.

Fort Mill continued its aggressive play by scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter to go up 43-13. The Lady Jackets did struggle with turnovers in the third quarter as Forestview started to play more aggressively in attempting to rally.

Later in the week, Fort Mill improved to 6-1 in its non-region schedule as it tore through River Bluff for the second time this season, winning 51-23.

Boys split two games

In the boys game against River Bluff, Fort Mill held on for a 43-41 win.

The Jackets were led by senior Jordan Struve’s 16 points, as Fort Mill held River Bluff to just two second quarter points. Fort Mill struggled some in the second half, allowing River Bluff to climb back into the game and shot 43 percent from the field for the contest.

Turnovers and fouls plagued Fort Mill in its first loss of the season as the Jackets fell to the Forestview Jaguars 67-56.

Fort Mill also didn’t shoot the ball well in that game, going 21-for-61 from the field. It also struggled from the charity stripe going 11-for-27.

Despite the poor shooting, the Jackets hung around in the fourth quarter.

Fort Mill started pressing Forestview to start the fourth quarter and was able to close a 14-point gap by opening the final quarter on an 11-2 run to cut the Jaguars’ lead to four. The Jackets played smart early and went for the high percentage shot in the paint and along the baseline.

However, after closing the gap, Forestview’s Ben Hinton hit a key 3-pointer to open the game back up and allow the Jaguars to pull away.

“We got it back to within four points,” said Jackets’ head coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “I am proud of the way we battled back. We could have given up. We had a chance with about five minutes to go.”

The Jackets came out pressuring the Jaguars in the second half, but Forestview slowed its frantic pace of the first half for more of a set offense that Fort Mill struggled to stop.

Fort Mill also struggled with turnovers and establishing an offense of its own. On defense, Fort Mill also left the paint open for the Jaguars to take advantage of, as well as giving them extra opportunities on the glass by getting out-rebounded time and again.

However, the game stayed close for the Jackets for the most part, but they were never able to completely turn the corner. The Jackets hit just two of their first nine shots in the third quarter before Hartsoe took a time out with his team trailing 45-31.

After the time out, Fort Mill gave the ball to senior Devan Thacker, who aggressively found his way to the basket, scoring five of the team’s nine third-quarter points. Thacker led the Jackets with 24 points, 17 coming in the second half.

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