ROCK HILL — The Fort Mill Lady Jackets bounced back after losing to South Pointe earlier in the week as junior Ally Abbott drained a 3-pointer near the buzzer to give the Lady Jackets a 49-46 win against Rock Hill Friday.
The win put Fort Mill at 14-4 overall and 6-2 in Region III-AAAA play. Rock Hill held what it thought was a comfortable 12 point lead at the half, but the Lady Jackets battled back to get a 33-30 lead after the third quarter.
Earlier in the week in his first game against his former squad, Fort Mill Lady Jackets head coach Brett Childers didn’t get the outcome he wanted. Childers, who spent five years at South Pointe, came up short as South Pointe beat Fort Mill 59-50. It was Fort Mill’s second loss in region play.
The Lady Jackets struggled with turnovers most of the night, as South Pointe’s man defense smothered Fort Mill. The defense also stopped Fort Mill from being able to penetrate the paint.
Fort Mill opened the fourth quarter with a 4-0 run to get within five points at 45-40. South Pointe switched to a press to try and slow things down for the Lady Jackets.
The press did its job as South Pointe maintained a steady five point lead for much of the fourth quarter.
Boys’ team falls
The Fort Mill boys’ squad dropped its third game in a row, including two last week. The first to South Pointe 78-56 and then to Rock Hill 65-49.
The Jackets are now 9-9 on the season and 4-4 in region play.
Against Rock Hill, Fort Mill was led by senior Devan Thacker, who scored 15 points and despite playing better in the second half, couldn’t overcome a 29-13 deficit at the half.
In the South Pointe game, Fort Mill held its own most of the first half even leading by three at the half.
In the second half, South Pointe came out trapping the ball from its opening defensive stance and was just more aggressive all around. That led to an 18-0 start for the Stallions, who went from trailing 35-32 to leading 50-35. The run was part of a 20-2 start for South Pointe.
Fort Mill continued to struggle with turnovers as the Stallions came up with steals and South Pointe outscored the Jackets 32-9 in the third quarter. The Jackets held their own with South Pointe early in the game. Then turnovers started taking affect in South Pointe’s favor as the Stallions’ quickness emerged.
Both teams opened the second quarter trading baskets, as South Pointe struggled to get its offense to flow. Fort Mill tied it at 18-18 as Cory Wills went in for a lay-up with about 5:30 left in the first half. That basket started a 7-0 run for Fort Mill.
South Pointe struggled with its shot in the second quarter as Fort Mill’s Mitchell Johnsen led the way for the Jackets in the second quarter. The Stallions didn’t get the opportunities they were looking for and missed easy lay-ups and were out-rebounded by a hustling Jackets squad.
Fort Mill heads to Northwestern this week and hosts York on Friday at home.