Lady Cougars fall to Nation Ford at home

genegraham@comporium.netJanuary 28, 2014 

— The York Comprehensive High School girls’ basketball team got off to a roaring start, but visiting Nation Ford prevailed, 55-41, in Region 3-AAAA action Friday at the YCHS main gym.

Trailing 8-1 in the early moments of the first quarter, junior Carrie Lee Lancaster, a 6-foot-1 all-region performer last season, scored a basket and converted a free throw to slice the lead to four.

Freshman power forward Heather Pumphrey then scored down low and Nation Ford’s lead was two points.

Lancaster hit a pair of free throws to make the Lady Falcons’ lead 10-9, but point guard Makala Love’s 3-pointer put the Lady Cougars ahead 12-10 as the first quarter drew to a close.

Nation Ford regained the lead and the momentum in the second quarter, building a 15-point lead and holding that lead to double-digit the rest of the game.

“We missed Keshia McClure’s athleticism,” said York head coach Paula Blackwell. “She’s recovering from a hip injury.”

Blackwell said the Lady Cougars had opportunities after Nation Ford established the lead. “We had good looks at the basket and the shots wouldn’t fall,” she said. “Our post players played well. Carrie Lee had a monster game.”

The Lady Cougars also fell to Lancaster 62-23 last week.

The next game for the YCHS girls will be 6:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Mill.

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