CLOVER — The Clover High School Lady Blue Eagle cagers battled Fort Mill Friday in a down-to-the-wire Region 3-AAAA clash won by the Lady Yellow Jackets 57-53.
Sydney Sanders scored with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter, staking the home-standing CHS girls to a 51-50 lead against the Fort Mill team.
After Fort Mill moved ahead 54-51, Sanders converted two clutch free throws, slicing the lead to 54-53. Fort Mill made a free throw, pushing its lead to 55-53.
Senior post player Telliya Patton stepped to the charity stripe with 3.7 seconds remaining. Her first free throw looked true blue but rimmed out. Patton made her second free throw attempt bounce back for a possible game-tying shot, but the Lady Blue Eagles were unable to regain possession of the ball.
“We wanted Telliya’s second freed throw attempt to bounce off the rim for a chance to tie the score with a basket,” said CHS coach Kiki Walker. “It almost worked.”
The frantic fourth quarter included several lead changes, with the CHS girls clinging to a 42-39 lead to start the quarter with a noisy crowd reacting to every play.
Sanders paced the scoring for the Clover team with 14 points. Elizabeth Edmunds was next with 12; Patton, 10; and Shay Hall, 8.
Walker lauded the players for gutting it out. “The kids played hard from start to finish,” said Walker. “Fort Mill is a great team. They are ranked No. 9 in the state.”
Walker, a former Lady Blue Eagle standout, is excited about Friday’s game at York.
“We know there will be a big crowd at the game,” she said. “We want to compete, play hard and have fun, which is what the York-Clover rivalry is all about.”