Cougars fall to Trojans, eye Clover

genegraham@comporium.netFebruary 11, 2014 

— The York Comprehensive High School boys’ basketball team fell to visiting Northwestern 72-47 in a Region 3-AAAA game Friday.

“Northwestern had some runs,” said first-year York head coach Michael Dalton. “We helped them with turnovers.”

The Lady Cougars, playing Northwestern earlier Friday, got into an offensive flow in the second half to score 35 points but still finished with a 65-42 loss.

With the boys’ team out of the playoff hunt, Dalton is allowing underclassmen ample playing time. Daurice Simpson was the scoring leader for the Cougars with 20 points; Deshaw Andrews was next with 13.

In a game last week, the host Bearcats pulled away from York in the second half to win 65-49.

With York trailing 13-8 midway through the first quarter, a basket by Andrews, a free throw by Simpson and another basket by Andrews pushed the Cougars ahead 14-13. Moments before the first quarter ended, Josh McCoy’s basket knotted the score at 16.

Rock Hill scored the final basket to lead 18-16 at the beginning of the second quarter.

The Cougars trailed 26-22 at the midway point of the quarter.

A basket and free throw by senior mainstay Jerome Pettiway sliced the lead to a single point at 26-25.

Later, with the Bearcats ahead 31-27, Simpson’s 3-pointer cut into Rock Hill’s lead and TaWaun Neely scored to send the Cougars to the locker room with a 32-31 advantage.

Rock Hill built an eight-point third-quarter lead and sealed the win with a fourth-quarter run.

Andrews paced the scoring for the Cougars with 20 points and Simpson had 12. Bryson Stephenson had a solid floor game with seven points and Pettiway had five.

Dalton and the Cougars now shift their attention to Friday’s season-ending clash with Clover. “We won the first game and look for the Blue Eagles to be ready to play,” Dalton said.

Lady Cougars

In the girls’ game, Carrie Lee Lancaster, among the top post players in the Upstate, finished Friday’s game with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Junior guard Najha Feemster applied full-court pressure and had several steals and layups, scoring seven points. Freshman power forward Heather Pumphrey made her presence felt in the post with seven points.

“We found a nice look that really helped us in the second half,” said York head coach Paula Blackwell. “We went with a four-guard lineup and gave Carrie Lee the inside. We took care of the ball better.”

After a slow start against Rock Hill earlier in the week, the Lady Cougars played the Lady Bearcats on near-even terms in the second quarter; but Rock Hill pulled away in the second half to win 60-30.

Pumphrey, emerging as an inside force, led balanced scoring for York with seven points.

“I feel good when I can contribute to my team in the scoring column,” she said. “I work on my inside moves in pregame warmups.”

“We’re working hard to improve fundamentally and getting good team effort,” said junior Aubrey Wood of the Lady Cougars’ youth: five ninth-graders are among eight rotating regulars. “We’re still rebuilding and making progress.”

Meg McGarity finished with six points, and Lancaster, Corri Peeler and Makala Love each scored five.

The York teams will host Clover on Friday.

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