ROEBUCK — Opening the playoffs against the state’s No. 1 Class AAAA team is never easy, but it was a task harder than the Fort Mill Jackets could imagine as they fell 80-14 to the Dorman Cavaliers.
Fort Mill arrived at Dorman High about 19 minutes before the scheduled tip because of traffic congestion on I-85. That pushed the start of the game back about five minutes.
Once the game started it was all Dorman, and they quickly showed why they are number one in the state. The Cavs shot 43 percent (35-81) in the game from the field.
Fort Mill head coach Brett Childers didn’t have much to say after the game.
“I told them I was proud of them for having a really great year,” he said. “Anytime you are in the playoffs and in the mix, you have accomplished something.”
The halftime score was 38-3 in favor of the Cavs. But that wasn’t the largest lead Dorman had in a first half this season: They entered into the half against Boiling Springs with a 51-1 lead and won that game 78-4.
Dorman stayed aggressive to open the third quarter and jumped out to a 44-3 start before a Jackets time out.
Fort Mill finally scored a field goal at 5:30 in the third quarter, its first in the game, on a Sharae Redmond lay-up.
At one point, the Jackets’ Meredith Christopher hit a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to make it 68-8. Despite the spread, Fort Mill never lost its composure and never stopped hustling.
Dorman opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run, forcing Fort Mill into a timeout. The Cavs continued to dominate on the boards and aggressively forced the Jackets into turning the ball over on offense. Fort Mill had more than 30 turnovers in the game.
Fort Mill didn’t get its first shot off in the second quarter until 4:51 in the period. The Jackets managed only a half-dozen shots in the second quarter, compared to Dorman’s 24. Fort Mill didn’t score a field goal in the first half.
Dorman trapped the ball at every opportunity. Fort Mill went inside early but couldn’t convert from inside the paint.
Offensively, the Cavs were aggressive on the boards, creating more opportunities for themselves.
Dorman’s defensive pressure on the Jackets continued to increase as the opening period wore on, forcing Fort Mill into mistakes. The Cavs’ half-court trap increased into a full-court press against Fort Mill. The majority of Dorman’s points in the opening quarter came off turnovers from the Jackets.
Fort Mill didn’t score until 2:42 left in the first on a Christopher free-throw. The Jackets went 0-12 from the field in the first quarter.
Dorman 80, Fort Mill 14
FORT MILL 14 Meredith Christopher 7, Sierra Patterson 2, Sharae Redmond 2, Arianna Grevious 2, Kennedy Rios 1.
DORMAN 80 Khaila Webb 16, Mykel Sims 11, Logan Hollis 10, Taylor Petty 10, Alexis Johnson 6, Jasmine Rogers 5, Rebecca Hall 4, Teyana Rogers 4, Qua Bomar 4, Daijah Surratt 4, Maya Rogers 4, Mimi Ving 2.
Team fouls: Fort Mill 11, Dorman 13; Foul shooting: Fort Mill 4-11, Dorman 9-15; 3-point shooting: Fort Mill 2 (Christopher 2), Dorman 2 (Jasmine Rogers 1, Petty 1); Records: Fort Mill 17-8, Dorman 23-1.