HILTON HEAD — The Fort MIll Lady Jackets took one on the chin to open the Seahawk Holiday Classic at Hilton Head High. But the team bounced back to finish the tournament in fifth place after winning the next two games by more than 40 points in each match.
In its final game of the tournament, Fort Mill defeated Pendleton County (Ky.) 77-28. The Lady Jackets were led by sophomore Madison Hendrix, who scored 17, and junior Savannah Morgan, who scored 14.
Hendrix had a double-double in the win, dishing out 10 assists to go along with her 17 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
Morgan hit two of Fort Mill’s six 3-pointers in the game, as did freshman Meredith Christopher.
Setting up that game was a 72-29 win against Booker T. Washington, a school in Memphis, Tenn.
In that game, the Lady Jackets had three players score in double figures and were led by Hendrix’s 16 points. Senior Arianna Grevious added 13 points and junior Ally Abbott had 10 points.
Fort Mill jumped out to an 18-9 lead after the first quarter, but pulled away in the second quarter by outscoring Booker T. Washington 27-4. The Lady Jackets shot 59 percent in the second quarter, going 10-17 from the field. Fort Mill had eight players score in the quarter and opened things on a 7-2 run.
Defensively, Fort Mill was stifling as the Lady Jackets forced 31 turnovers in the game.
After a major let down in the tournament opener, losing 78-24 to Hendersonville (Tenn.), Fort Mill needed to make sure that didn’t happen again.
“We talked about some key things we needed to do to bounce back,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers. “We talked about matching their intensity level.”
In the second half, Booker T. Washington started to full-court press as the Jackets carried a 32 lead to start the third quarter. That allowed the Memphis team to cut into the deficit some.
Fort Mill managed to outscore Washington 16-14 in the third and things started to get chippy for both schools in the final period. elbow started flying and members of the Booker T. Washington tried taking Hendrix out by knocking her to the floor intentionally.
The referees quickly put a halt to any escalating tension.