FORT MILL — The Fort Mill Lady Yellow Jackets clinched a playoff berth with a 57-53 win against Clover last week, as the team improved to 16-6 on the season.
More importantly, the Lady Yellow Jackets are now 8-4 in Region III.
Led by senior Arianna Grevious, who got 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter, Fort Mill rallied to end the third quarter.
The Jackets struggled to open the fourth quarter, missing their first three shots, but Grevious soon caught fire.
“It’s been a rough week,” said Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers, “but these girls have great resolve about them.”
Fort Mill dropped two games earlier in the week, falling to region leader Lancaster 55-37, then Northwestern 36-22.
The Lady Jackets took advantage of nearly 30 turnovers from Clover as they went on a 6-2 run in the fourth quarter.
Fort Mill was aided by big games from junior Ally Abbott, who scored 14 points, and freshman Meredith Christopher, who added 10.
On the boys’ side, Fort Mill has struggled of late, dropping two straight to Northwestern and Clover.
The Yellow Jackets lost to Clover 53-42 as former Fort Mill head coach Bailey Jackson got his first win in four attempts against his old squad.
“The difference in the game was our defense in the first half,” Jackson said. Clover “reminded me of some of the teams I had at Fort Mill.”
A 16-1 run in the second quarter was the turning point for Clover, as Fort Mill’s shooting dried up during a 0-14 stretch from the field in the quarter. The Jackets’ lone point came on a Grant Fry free throw with 3:31 left in the first half. That helped Clover carry a 28-7 lead into the half, and Fort Mill never was able to recover.
“We dug ourselves a big hole,” said Yellow Jackets head coach Dwayne Hartsoe. “I am glad of the effort we made. We played hard and didn’t quit.”
Fort Mill played better in the second half, and especially the fourth quarter, outscoring Clover 23-17.
The Jackets are 11-11 overall and 6-6 in Region III with two games left, the last one Friday at home against Nation Ford.
With both Nation Ford and Fort Mill at 6-6 in the Region, both sit tied for fourth, which could determine the final playoff spot if the fifth-place at-large seed doesn’t come from the region.
“It is up to us if we are going to get in,” Hartsoe said.