Lady Cougars have strong second half against NHS

genegraham@comporium.netFebruary 11, 2014 

— After being held to single digits in the first half against Northwestern, the Lady Cougars of York Comprehensive High School got into an offensive flow in the second half, scoring 35 points, but still fell 65-42.

Carrie Lee Lancaster, among the top post players in the Upstate, finished Friday’s home 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 for York. Freshman power forward Heather Pumphrey made her presence felt with seven points.

“We found a nice look that really helped us in the second half,” said 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 at 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 prevail 60-30.

Pumphrey led balanced scoring for the York girls 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, who was addressing 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; Lancaster, Corri Peeler and Makala Love each scored five.

The York girls host Clover on Friday.

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