FORT MILL — The Fort Mill Lady Jackets basketball team is well into its journey.
Ranked ninth in the state, the Lady Jackets improved to 12-2 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in Region III-AAAA this past week.
The Lady Jackets beat Clover 52-35 Friday and rallied against Northwestern to win 51-48 earlier in the week.
Against Northwestern, Fort Mill really was tested, trailing 41-34 entering the fourth quarter. The Lady Jackets were led by Ally Abbott, Arianna Grevious and Madison Hendrix; with Abbott and Grevious stepping up in the second half.
“To say we started slow was an understatement,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers. “Ally has been working her way back and we have been waiting for (Arianna) to have that senior break out role.”
Abbott scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half and Grevious dropped in 15 to lead Fort Mill.
The Lady Jackets started the fourth quarter on a 5-0 run to climb back into the game and Grevious tied the game at 46 with a three-point play with about 2:20 left. Fort Mill shot 6-for-9 in the fourth quarter from the field.
Against Clover, Hendrix led with 17 points while Abbott added 14 and Grevious added 10. Grevious also grabbed seven rebounds and Hendrix dished out seven assists in the blowout win.
The Fort Mill boys’ team split games with Northwestern and Clover, falling to the Trojans 61-50, but rebounding against Clover for a 59-48 win.
Fort Mill sits at 8-6 overall and 3-1 in Region III-AAAA, as the Jackets spoiled another return to Fort Mill for former head coach Bailey Jackson.
The Jackets were led by seniors Mitchell Johnsen, with 14 points, and Mike Scurlock, with 10. Fort Mill controlled the game from the opening tip and held a 29-22 lead at the half. Fort Mill came out in the third quarter and held Clover to just eight points, while holding off a fourth quarter rally from the Blue Eagles.
Johnsen hit three 3-pointers as Fort Mill shot nearly 50 percent (9-20) from beyond the arch in the game. Senior Devan Thacker only scored six points, but came up big on the glass for Fort Mill grabbing eight rebounds. Senior Matt Tillery also added six rebounds to go along with his six points.
Fort Mill travels to Lancaster this week before ending the week in their first match up of the year against rivals Nation Ford on the road. That game is scheduled for Friday at starting with the girls’ at 6:30 p.m.