A good learning experience is the best way Rock Hill coach Keenan Orr could describe a tough 55-47 loss to Australia in the girls finals of the fifth annual Y.C. Winborn Tournament Saturday night.
The Lady Bearcats trailed the Australia Kangaroos by only three, 43-40, entering the final quarter. However, the Kangaroos scored the first four points of the final quarter for a seven-point cushion, causing the Lady Bearcats to play catch-up the rest of the way.
Rock Hill did cut the deficit to two, 48-46, on a drive in the lane and lay-up from Asia Potts. That momentum, however, was wiped out when Kangaroo guard Krystle McKenzie drained a deep 3-pointer with 2:49 remaining.
After two consecutive empty Rock Hill possessions, Australia got an inside hoop from Ainsley Walsh with 1:41 remaining, and then, a free throw from Bridget OBrien to clinch the victory.
This was great experience for us; we fought until the end against very good competition, Orr said. I applaud our girls for a solid effort; we are working hard to get better every day and this game will help us as we gear up for the remainder of the season.
Australia - Bridget OBrien 17, Ainsley Walsh 5, Anihina Axam 7, Emily McCann 4, Krystle McKenzie 8, Whitney Wehi 15.
Rock Hill - ZeKiya Knox 15, Anita Jones 3, Asia Potts 16, Shauntae Young 2, Chelsea Dorsey 3, Alexis Ervin 5, Whitney Simpson 3.
3-point goals - Australia 2 (McKenzie 2), Rock Hill 4 (Knox 2, Dorsey 1, Ervin 1). Team fouls - Australia 19, Rock Hill 22. Fouled out - Knox (RH).
Records: Rock Hill 6-6
Seneca 64, Clover 44
The Seneca Lady Bobcats defeated the Clover Lady Blues 64-44 in the championship of the inaugural Clover Optimist Classic on Saturday night.
Seneca was led by Duke-bound guard, Kiana Holland, who finished with a game-high 34 points. Clover was down 26-20 at the half, being paced by Elizabeth Edmunds who had seven points in the half, and finished with 13 for the game.
The Lady Bobcats raced out to a 21-10 advantage in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Holland was tabbed the tournaments MVP, while Lauren Richardson, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds in the loss to the Bobcats, was selected for the All-Tournament team.
Clover - Aaliyah Knox 4, Shay Hall 3, Sydney Sanders 2, Elizabeth Edmunds 13, Ryhia Robbins 5, Zasu Carpenter 2, Lauren Richardson 12, Logan Richardson 1, Carmen McCarter 2.
Seneca - Robinson 6, K. Holland 34, Earle 5, M. Holland 2, Thompson 3, Smith 4, Boggs 10.
3-point goals - Clover 2 (Edmunds 1, Robbins 1), Seneca 3 (K. Holland 2, Earle 1). Fouls - Clover 12, Seneca 14. Fouled out - M. Holland (Seneca).
Records: Clover 9-1, Seneca 9-1.
Nation Ford 42, North Brunswick 30
Taylor Yarborough scored 25 points and led the Nation Ford Lady Falcons to a win over North Brunswick in final day of action in the Shootout by the Sea Tournament.
Nation Ford cruised to a 31-14 lead at intermission and coasted for their sixth win of the year.
Nation Ford - B. Prince 6, T. Potts 4, Z. Lincoln 2, T. Yarborough 25, C. Gant 3, A. Bjerken 2.
North Brunswick - A. Kay 2, T. Cheatham 2, G. Deal 2, T. Keaton 4, K. Brown 11, N. Ramsey 8, A. Hsia 1.
3-point goals - Nation Ford 3 (Yarborough 3), North Brunswick 0. Team fouls - Nation Ford 17,
North Brunswick 13.
Records: Nation Ford 6-5.
Clover 65, York 58
The Clover Blue Eagles won the consolation championship of the inaugural Clover Optimist Classic with a seven-point victory against the York Cougars.
Alex Thompson, who was selected for the All-Tournament team, led a trio of Clover players in double figures, as the Blue Eagles won for the second time in the tournament after a loss in the opening round.
Arnaldo Toro added 13 points for Coach Bailey Jacksons team, while Bryce Allen tossed in 10 points. Deshaw Andrews led York with a game-high 20 points. Kaiyon Schrouder added 17 points in the loss for the Cougars.
Clover had a two-point lead at the end of the first quarter. They increased it to eight at intermission, but York clawed their way back to a two-point deficit after three periods.
Clover - Alex Thompson 18, Arnaldo Toro 13, Bryce Allen 10, Jevon Blake 8, Ladarius Adams 7, Taylor Hoover 5, John Wilson 3, R. J. Moore 1.
York - Deshaw Andrews 20, Kaiyon Schrouder 17, Daurice Simpson 11, Josh McCoy 4, Markel Castle 6.
3-point goals - Clover 4 (Allen 2, Wilson 1, Thompson 1), York 8 (Simpson 3, Castle 2, Andrews 2). Team fouls - Clover 11, York 19.
Center Point 66,
Nation Ford 54
Center Point broke open a close game at halftime and defeated the Nation Ford Falcons in the final day of action in the Shootout by the Sea Tournament.
Center Point led by three at intermission, but they outscored the Falcons 32-23 in the second half to claim the win.
Carson Smith led Nation Ford with 21 points, while Justin Sergent dropped in a dozen points in the loss, which dropped the Falcons to 5-6 on the year.
Center Point - T. Davis 18, J. Hodge 26, D. Purnell 6, M. Hoskins 2, D. Foreman 14.
Nation Ford - B. Cureton 2, N. Turner 8, C. Smith 21, R. Hilton 9, J. Causey 2, J. Sergent 12.
3-point goals - Center Point 7 (Davis 1, Hodge 6), Nation Ford 6 (Turner 2, Smith 3, Sergent 1). Team fouls - Center Point 12, Nation Ford 15.
Records: Nation 5-6
Chester 69, Spartanburg Christian 52
The Chester Cyclones topped Spartanburg Christian to claim third place in the Y. C. Winborn Tournament in Rock Hill.
The Cyclones raced to a 21-8 lead after one period and coasted on from there to pick up their fifth win of the season.
Stepphon Woods led a trio of players in double figures for the Cyclones, who won two games and lost one in the tournament. Terrance Morris and Tommy Sanders added 13 and 12 points respectively for the Cyclones.
Spartanburg Christian - Justin Melton 6, Austin Cash 6, Tindall Stephens 1, Adam Patrick 15, Derrick Hackle 6, Kwan Brown 7, Wesley Melton 11.
Chester - Jamarcus Moore 2, Tommy Sanders 12, John Gore 6, Shyheim Wilson 5, Terrance Morris 13, Stepphon Woods 14, Jarrett Rambert 6, Shaq Hinton 5, Breon Feaster 6.
3-point goals - Spartanburg 3 (Patrick 2, W. Melton 1), Chester 5 (Sanders 1, Gore 2, Morris 1, Woods 1). Team fouls - Spartanburg Christian 16, Chester 22. Fouled out - None.
Records: Chester 5-6.
Clover Optimist Tournament
The inaugural Clover Optimist Tournament ended its three-day run with eight games in the girls and boys divisions.
In the girls division, Seneca toppled Clover for the championship, while Cuthbertson beat Brisbane, Australia to claim the consolation title.
In other girls action on Saturday, Spartanburg Christian defeated Indian Land and Eau Claire topped Blacksburg.
In the boys division, Providence Day claimed the title with a win against Charlotte Christian, while Clover defeated York to win the consolation game.
In other boys action Broome, defeated Chesterfield, while Indian Land was a winner against Blacksburg.
Compiled by Sam Copeland