Fourth quarter pivotal as Fort Mill comes back to defeat York

mbanks@comporium.netDecember 20, 2013 

Fort Mill’s Mitchell Johnsen (22) gets the pass past York’s Markell Castle as the Jackets complete a comeback win.


— A furious comeback by the Fort Mill boys in the third quarter gave the Yellow Jackets the boost they needed for a 69-64 win over the York Cougars.

Tied at 45-all entering the fourth quarter, Fort Mill scored the first four points and rattled York by using backdoor cuts and screens to get to the basket and get the 53-48 lead with just more than six minutes left.

The Jackets went to a full-court press after a Cougars timeout and immediately got a turnover, one of five in the fourth by York.

York used the 3-pointer to keep pace, cutting into Fort Mill’s lead. Fort Mill milked the clock when it could going with an open offense.

York looked to Deshaw Andrews, who carried them in the game with 39 points, but he wasn’t as accurate in the fourth quarter as he had been earlier in the game, hitting just two of six shots.

“We talked about some things and was able to slow the kid down,” said Fort Mill coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “I am happy with where we are at.”

Each team concentrated more on going to the basket to start the second half, and both were successful, but Fort Mill matched York shot for shot and still couldn’t cut into a nine-point deficit. York stayed with its bread and butter in Andrews as he dominated the paint for the Cougars for most of the game.

Fort Mill went on a 6-0 run midway through the third quarter as it filled the lane to draw fouls and cut into the lead. The Jackets’ Devan Thacker was a big presence for Fort Mill in the paint, helping the team cut into the Cougars’ lead. Thacker led Fort Mill with 21 points and was the only one who could contain Andrews.

Defensively, Fort Mill applied pressure on Andrews forcing York’s other players to step up.

Fort Mill allowed looks at the baseline for Andrews as he took the ball to the hole with ease at times.

The Jackets also struggled to control the ball on offense and turned it over often giving York extra opportunities.

York scored the first five points in the second quarter to go up 21-14, as the Cougars continued to play in a full-court press on defense. Fort Mill stayed close by heading to the basket and looking to draw fouls.

However, every time the Jackets were on the heels of York, Andrews would come up with a big shot. York also crashed the boards using their big bodies to their advantage to get extra chances offensively.

Fort Mill opened the game with a 5-0 start, while York didn’t get anything started until it went inside.

The Cougars were finally able to hit from downtown on a Markell Castle 3-pointer, followed by one from Andrews.

Once York got the lead, it started pressing Fort Mill. The Yellow Jackets struggled in the paint and were reduced to unkind bounces off the iron.

The Cougars heavily relied on Andrews in the first quarter as he scored all but five of York’s 16 points. Andrews scored 26 of 36 first half points for York and at one point had 31 of their first 41 points.

Fort Mill 69, York 64

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FORT MILL Devan Thacker 21, Mike Scurlock 8, Liam O’Boyle 7, Matt Tillery 6, Mitchell Johnsen 6, Cory Wills 5, Brandon Joseph 5, Brandon Plyler 5, Tanner Mitchell 4, Grant Fry 2. YORK Deshaw Andrews 39, Shemar Wade 11, Markell Castle 4, CJ Shannon 3, Taye McConnell 3, Josh McCoy 2, Jerome Pettiway 2.

3-POINTERS Fort Mill 1 (O’Boyle), York 6 (Andrews 3, Castle, Shannon, McConnell). TEAM FOULS Fort Mill 13, York 19. Fouled out – Tanner Mitchell (FM).

RECORDS Fort Mill 5-1, 2-0 Region III-AAAA; York 1-5, 0-2 Region III-AAAA.

Girls’ team gets 8th win

Fort Mill sophomore Madison Hendrix drained a 3-pointer with 10.7 seconds left to give the Yellow Jackets a 40-39 lead and senior Arianna Grevious came up with a steal in the closing seconds to secure the one-point victory.

Hendrix, who was in foul trouble most of the game, led with 11 points.

“I can’t put my finger on it, but we didn’t have it in the first half,” said Fort Mill coach Brett Childers. “The last three minutes of the game, we finally looked like ourselves. I called some time outs and they did exactly what I wanted them to do.”

York was led by Makala Love, who scored 12. Love extended York’s two point lead to open the final period as she drained her third 3-pointer of the game.

Fort Mill continued to have trouble turning the ball over to start the quarter, but was able to keep it close on a 3-pointer by Ally Abbott.

The Jackets had no answer for York’s Carrie Lancaster, who scored 15, 10 of which came in the second half.

Both teams came out in the third quarter, playing a little reserved. Fort Mill had three early turnovers within the first two minutes.

The Cougars opened the quarter on a 4-1 run. Fort Mill struggled shooting as it didn’t have a field goal in the quarter, scoring all points on free throws. Love hit a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter to take a 27-25 lead.

York’s Love hit a 3-pointer to give the Cougars the lead to open the second quarter as they started on a 5-0 run.

Fort Mill’s Eliza Denmeade tied the game with a 3-pointer of her own. That helped to start a 5-0 run for the Jackets as they went up 17-15. York started to struggle with its ball handling turning it over five straight times as Fort Mill picked up its pressure on the ball. York had nine second quarter turnovers.

York took a small 3-0 lead to start the game until freshman Meredith Christopher nailed a 3-pointer for Fort Mill to tie the game. The Lady Cougars played conservatively to start looking for set plays and open shots.

Fort Mill struggled some as shots wouldn’t fall, despite good looks, in the early going. The Lady Jackets attacked from beyond the arc, where they were most effective.

York was stronger on the boards taking away second chance opportunities from Fort Mill. That helped to cause Childers to call and early timeout and refocus his team.

The Lady Cougars were hot from the lane as they took the ball to the hole and seemed to get the high percentage shot.

Hendrix was key to Fort Mill keeping pace with York as she went strong to the hole and scored four of the Jackets’ 10 points in the opening quarter. However, Hendrix got into early foul trouble drawing three in the opening quarter.

Fort Mill 40, York 39

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FORT MILL Madison Hendrix 11, Arianna Grevious 8, Ally Abbott 6, Sierra Patterson 4, Eliza Denmeade 3, Savannah Morgan 3, Meredith Christopher 3, Kayla Godwin 2. YORK Carrie Lancaster 15, Makala Love 12, Corri Peeler 7, Keisha McClure 5.

3-POINTERS Fort Mill 7 (Abbott 2, Hendrix 2, Denmeade, Morgan, Christopher); York 4 (Love 3, Peeler). TEAM FOULS Fort Mill 14, York 9. Fouled out – None.

RECORDS Fort Mill 8-1, 2-0 Region III-AAAA; York 0-8, 0-2 Region III-AAAA.

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