FORT MILL — Sometimes it’s how you start and how you finish.
The Fort Mill boys’ basketball team used a quick start in both second half quarters as the Yellow Jackets beat York 74-66 to end a three game losing streak.
The Jackets came out strong in both the third and fourth quarters, the latter highlighted by a 6-0 run to open the final frame and stifling defense. York got just one shot off in the fourth quarter in the first two minutes while Fort Mill continued to get to the line – and convert – as it did most of the game. Fort Mill hit 25 of 37 foul shots on the night.
“We played well in the second half,” said Fort Mill head coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “Devan (Thacker) played well and made some free throws.”
Fort Mill was led in the game by Thacker, who scored 21 points. York was led by Deshaw Andrews, who has 28 points and Daurice Simpson, who had 22 points.
Fort Mill’s Liam O’Boyle opened the second half for the Jackets with a 3-pointer. York struggled to get good looks as Fort Mill scored the first six points of the quarter.
York tried to trap Fort Mill with the ball on defense, but that allowed the Jackets to get open drives through the lane.
Fort Mill went up by 10 at 41-31 about midway through the period. The Cougars stayed close in the third with the play of Simpson, who scored the team’s first two baskets of the quarter, and had nine points overall in the period.
The Jackets were led in the quarter by Thacker and Cory Wills, whose quickness kept York on constant guard. Thacker scored eight points in the quarter and Wills scored six. The Jackets came out trapping the ball in the second quarter and York struggled from downtown trying to covert. That allowed Fort Mill to open up a 6-0 run in the first two minutes to go up 20-14.
That lead was short lived as York chipped away to pull within two points in the next minute.
Foul shooting for Fort Mill kept York at bay for most of the quarter as the Jackets got to the line early in the period. The Jackets went 7-for-9 from the foul line during the quarter.
Both teams came out going straight at each other inside the paint. Fort Mill using back door cuts and slashes to the hoop, while York used its physical height and strength to out muscle the Jackets. The teams then started trading 3-pointers, while neither seemed to gain the advantage on the other. York did struggle some in turning the ball over early, but Fort Mill wasn’t able to gain the upper hand.
Andrews was able to lead York back to a 14-10 lead when Fort Mill started missing shots. Fort Mill ended the first with some excitement as Mike Scurlock hit a 3-pointer as time expired and was fouled in the process, tying the game at 14 with a free-throw.
Fort Mill 74, York 66
York – Deshaw Andrews 28, Daurice Simpson 22, Jerome Pettiway 5, Shemar Wade 4, Ben Spratley 4, Tawaun Neely 3. Fort Mill – Devan Thacker 21, Mike Scurlock 10, Cory Wills 8, Brandon Plyler 8, Tanner Mitchell 6, Mitchell Johnsen 6, Liam O’ Boyle 5, Matt Tillery 4, Jordan Struve 4, Brandon Joseph 2.
3-pointers: York 5 (Andrews 3, Simpson 1, Neely), Fort Mil 3 (Scurlock, O’Boyle, Plyler). Team fouls – York 25, Fort Mill 22. Fouled out – Tanner Mitchell (FM), Shemar Wade (Y), Ben Spratley (Y).
Records: York 3-14, 2-7 Region III-AAAA; Fort Mill 10-9, 5-4 Region III-AAAA.
Lady Jackets shake off sluggish start
The Fort Mill Lady Jackets also used fast second-half runs to shake off a sluggish start and win 39-29 against the York Lady Cougars.
“It was a tough week with no practice and the snow,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers. “You could tell both teams hadn’t practiced. We had some things off, but we tried to stay the course.”
The Lady Jackets started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run forcing York into a timeout about two minutes into the quarter to extend its five point lead. York struggled with turnovers throughout the game, especially when it mattered most in the second half. York broke a 10-0 start for the Lady Jackets in the fourth quarter with a Keisha McClure free-throw.
Fort Mill started the second half on a 5-0 run to break a 12-12 tie and quickly gained the upper hand as York was forced to take a time out just 46 seconds into the third quarter.
The Lady Jackets stayed hot after the time out as Savannah Morgan hit a 3-pointer to extend the Fort Mill lead.
Fort Mill was led by Ally Abbott in the quarter as she scored a pair of treys. York came storming back toward the end of the quarter going on a 6-0 run to pull the game within three at 25-22. York continued a hot hand in the second quarter as the team stayed aggressive on the offensive glass.
The Lady Jackets went outside to start the second quarter looking to break a 1-14 start in the opening quarter, but found nothing from beyond the arc either in the early going. Neither team seemed to get its offense started because of turnovers. Fort Mill had more success in converting turnovers into points with two break away baskets.
On the defensive side, the Lady Jackets took away the inside game of York by keeping everything outside beyond the arc.
Fort Mill was better on the boards early in the first quarter getting several second chance opportunities, but never could convert starting 0-10 from the field. Despite that, York made the best of their early shot opportunities and opened the game on a 5-0 run.
York hit 30 percent of its shots, while Fort Mill hit just shot the entire quarter.
Fort Mill 39, York 29
York – Carrie Lancaster 11, Makala Love 6, Keisha McClure 5, Aubrey Wood 5, Meg McGarity 2. Fort Mill – Ally Abbott 10, Sharae Redmond 7, Arianna Grevious 6, Savannah Morgan 5, Madison Hendrix 5, Eliza Denmeade 2, Meredith Christopher 2, Kayla Godwin 2.
3-pointers: York 1(Love), Fort Mill 4(Abbott 2, Morgan, Hendrix). Team fouls – York 12, Fort Mill 11. Fouled out – None.
Records: York 0-17, 0-9 Region III-AAAA; Fort Mill 15-4, 7-2 Region III-AAAA.