FORT MILL — In his first game against his former basketball team, Fort Mill girls coach Brett Childers didn’t get the outcome he was hoping for.
Childers, in his first year at Fort Mill after five years at South Pointe, came up short as South Pointe beat Fort Mill 59-50 on Tuesday.
South Pointe’s man-to-man defense smothered Fort Mill for most of the night, forcing the Yellow Jackets into numerous turnovers. The defense also stopped Fort Mill from being able to penetrate the paint.
“Anytime you can play in a hostile environment and get the win its good,” said South Pointe coach Stephanie Butler. “For us it was an ugly win. I am proud of the kids for persevering. We never got into a rhythm we wanted to as a team.”
Fort Mill opened the fourth quarter with four consecutive points to pull within five points at 45-40. South Pointe then switched to a press to try and slow the Jackets.
The press did its job as South Pointe maintained a steady five point lead for much of the fourth quarter.
South Pointe’s defense kept the Jackets frustrated as they struggled to move the ball into the paint. Fort Mill lingered, keeping it around a 10-point game, but could never close the gap.
Fort Mill’s Ally Abbott drained a 3-pointer to open the second quarter for the Jackets and tie the game at 12.
South Pointe quickly regained the lead and used a suffocating defense to get turnovers from Fort Mill leading to extra opportunities for the Stallions.
South Pointe’s Deiona Davis took the game into her own hands in the second quarter leading South Pointe with eight points.
That helped to propel the Stallions 21-13 lead with about five minutes left in the half.
Fort Mill continued to struggle to move the ball without turnovers, committing eight second quarter turnovers. The Jackets also struggled from the charity strip in the second quarter hitting just 3-of-12 from the line.
Fort Mill opened trying shots from beyond the arc but couldn’t hit anything, so they took things inside.
South Pointe tried to trap the ball early against Fort Mill, but the Jackets were able to break the press. The Stallions also struggled from outside, and like Fort Mill went inside to make things happen.
Neither team rushed its shots and set up a pretty efficient offense as both teams took it slow and methodical.
The Stallions had several turnovers coming off traveling offenses in the first quarter. With about two minutes left in the opening period, Fort Mill started to struggle with turnovers as well coughing it up on four straight occasions leading to a Stallions score on two of those possession.
South Pointe 59, Fort Mill 50
SOUTH POINTE Raven Byers 12, Denisha Hall 12, Deiona Davis 10, Israelle Clark 10, Franquia Byers 8, Cameron Davis 4, Jacovia Cherry 2, T’Keia Williams 1. FORT MILL Madison Hendrix 13, Sharae Redmond 12, Arianna Grevious 9, Ally Abbott 8, Savannah Morgan 3, Eliza Denmeade 3, Meredith Christopher 2.
3-pointers: South Pointe 4 (R. Byers 2, F. Byers, Hall), Fort Mill 3 (Denmeade, Morgan, Abbott). Team fouls: South Pointe 20, Fort Mill 22. Fouled out – Cameron Davis (SP), Meredith Christopher (FM).
Records: South Pointe 9-4, 5-2 Region III-AAAA; Fort Mill 13-4, 5-2 Region III-AAAA.