Spring Valley girls win York basketball tournament

scopeland@heraldonline.comNovember 27, 2013 

— The Spring Valley Vikings used a balanced offense and a pressure defense to claim a 60-44 victory over the Hough Huskies and win the Palmetto Rehabilitation Girls Basketball Tournament at York Comprehensive High School on Tuesday night.

Cierra Carter led coach Ann Long’s Vikings with 30 points, while Megan Davis added 14. Columbia’s Spring Valley led 23-16 at halftime, and gradually increased its lead to pick up the program’s second win of the year.

Hough, located in Cornelius, N.C., was led by Kelsey Dean, who tossed in 18 points, and Julia Brown, who added a dozen.

The Andrew Jackson Volunteers won the consolation game with a 64-34 decision over the York Cougars.

Andrew Jackson jumped to a quick 9-0 lead and finished the first period with an 18-6 advantage. By halftime the Volunteers were in front 41-17.

Elizabeth Scott led Andrew Jackson with 23 points. She got help from Dereisha Sowell, who scored 12. York was led by Makala Love with 12 points and Meg McGarity with 8.

“Andrew Jackson started with all of those 3-pointers,” said York head coach Paula Blackwell. “We played them pretty tight, but they were on fire early, and got the quick lead.”

York had as many as four freshmen on the floor for much of the game, and the youth and inexperience took its toll.

“We played better tonight,” added Blackwell. “I thought we cut down on our turnovers, and we played with more intensity that we did last night.”

Spring Valley won the JV championship with a 49-31 victory over the Rock Hill Bearcats.

Spring Valley led 26-18 at intermission, and pulled away late in the third period to claim the win. Anaja Matthews led Spring Valley with 17 points, while Malayah Montgomery added 12. Rock Hill was led by Kendall Lahr and Jasmine Jackson with 17 and 6 points respectively.

Andrew Jackson won the JV consolation game with a 34-10 decision over York. The Volunteers bolted to a 21-6 lead at halftime and coasted from there.

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