Lady Cougars beaten by Clover, lose to Rock Hill in nail-biter

genegraham@comporium.netJanuary 22, 2014 

— The York Comprehensive High School girls’ basketball team lost 44-15 to Clover Friday at the CHS gym.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Cougars also lost 45-41 to Rock Hill in a closely contested game.

In the York-Clover game, the Lady Cougars fell behind 9-0 in the opening moments until York’s Heather Pumphrey broke Clover’s run with a basket in the paint.

York senior playmaking guard Hannah Cassell scored on a putback and Pumphrey added a free throw, but the Lady Blue Eagles built a 23-5 halftime lead.

Freshman Meg McGarity nailed a three-pointer from the baseline in the early stages of the fourth quarter, but the CHS girls continued their offensive thrust to seal the win.

“They keyed on Carrie Lee (Lancaster) with double teams and had a big early lead,” head coach Paula Blackwell said.

“Other players have to step up in that situation,” Blackwell said. “It was a big atmosphere for our five ninth-graders.”

It was a different story in the game against Rock Hill, to start last week’s Region 3-AAAA action.

The Lady Bearcats had no answer for Lancaster. The 6-foot-1-inch junior post player scored 21 points, hauled in 16 rebounds and blocked eight shots.

York began the fourth quarter trailing 32-28. Free throws by Lancaster, Aubrey Wood and Keshia McClure kept the score close.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Lancaster scored on a putback, slicing Rock Hill’s lead to a 37-36.

The Lady Bearcats spurted to a five-point lead, but free throws by Lancaster and McClure whittled the lead to two at 41-39.

After Rock Hill expanded the lead to six at 45-39, Makala Love converted a pair of free throws as the Lady Bearcats held on to win, 45-41.

The Lady Cougars host Nation Ford at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The boys’ game will follow at 8 p.m.

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