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Senior floor leader ReRe Dervin's driving layup with four seconds left in the game propelled the Lady Cougar basketball team to a thrilling 56-55 win over Chester before a noisy crowd Friday night in the York Comprehensive High School main gym.
“ReRe drove the length of the floor with the game on the line,” head coach Paula Blackwell said of the down-to-the-wire nail-biter.
Blackwell also made note of Alawna Orr's game-saving steal in the waning seconds.
The YCHS coach lauded the efforts of several Lady Cougar players who contributed to the dramatic win.
“KeAtra Jamison came off the bench and grabbed 10 rebounds,” noted Blackwell. “Hannah Cassell played well.”
Blackwell said 6-1 sophomore post player Carrie Lee Lancaster had some big baskets despite picking up her fourth foul the last two minutes of the third quarter.
“We used Carrie Lee on the offensive end of the court and held her out on the defensive end,” Blackwell said of the effective ploy.
“Our kids fell behind but never quit,” she stressed. “That's always a good sign.”
The YCHS girls used balanced scoring to subdue the Lady Cyclones, with Dervin leading the way with 14 points.
Senior mainstay Kelondra Lytle and Lancaster each finished in double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring, Orr and Jamison each had 6 points; Cassell, 5; and Sarah Latham and Jada Mobley-Weeks, 2 each.
Dervin and Lytle each nailed a 3-point shot.
In prevoius action last week, the Lady Cougars scored early and often in disposing of Indian Land 49-29 in the YCHS main gym.
Lancaster paced the scoring with 17 points, becoming a presence inside like she has all season.
“It's always good to win the first game,” said Lancaster after the final whistle. “It builds confidence for future games.”
Dervin echoed Lancaster's sentiments.
“It was a big win, especially for our first-year players who are learnng at the varsity level,” she said.
With Lancaster leading the scoring, Dervin was next with 9 points. Latrellini Mobley had 6 points; Lytle and Mobley-Meeks, 5 each; Aubrey Wood, 3; Zaye Simpson, 2; and Latham and Orr, 1 each.
After holding a slight advantage in the first quarter, the home-standing Lady Cougars pulled away in the second quarter.
Wood scored on a putback, staking the YCHS girls to a 13-5 lead. Lancaster scored the next basket and Mobley-Meeks hit a baseline shot, pushing the lead to 23-11 as the teams headed to the locker room for the half.
The Lady Cougars play at Chester Friday, with the action slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.