Lady Warriors fall short

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NWHS tops IL girls for tourney title

By Eric Rowell



ROCK HILL – The Northwestern Lady Trojans held on to top Indian Land 45-41 for the championship in the second annual Y.C. Winborn Memorial basketball tournament at Rock Hill High School on Tuesday night.

The Lady Warriors, down 36-28 entering the final period, rallied to make it a four-point game – 42-38 on a Mariah Williams’ layup with 40 seconds left, but the NWHS girls kept the edge to take the win.

The Lady Warriors played the majority of the game without senior guard Hannah Harris, who suffered a foot injury early in the game and didn’t return after leaving to receive medical attention.

“Losing Hannah early in the game was a tough situation and we had to turn to a young bench which hasn’t been in that situation before,” Indian Land High assistant Ziggie Barjona said. “As the game progressed, we improved our play.

“Mariah Williams gave us a spark with her senior leadership,” he said. “She stepped up for us.”

Williams, who earlier this month returned from an injury, hit a game-high 23 points, 13 in the second half – eight in the final period.

Williams, for her play, was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 47 points in three games, a 15.6 average.

Indian Land held a 10-9 lead after one quarter, but Northwestern rallied with a 19-9 second-quarter surge to take a 28-19 lead.

The Lady Trojans sparked that pivotal second-period surge with a 13-0 run to open the quarter.

Northwestern built its 46-38 spread with a period to play before IL rallied only to fall short at the end.

“This was a tough loss, but overall the tournament was a good experience for this team,” Barjona said. “We were very successful going 2-1 in the tournament.”

Northwestern was led by Xyesha Isom’s 11 points to net all-tournament accolades. Shakana Buckson hit seven for the Lady Trojans.

Northwestern, 12 of 29 at the line for the game, hit seven of 12 foul shots in the final period. Indian Land was 16 of 34 at the stripe.

Jessica Floyd joined Williams in double figures with 11 points. Toi Lathan netted three.

Brittany Montgomery hit two. Lindsey Johnson and Kelsey Young each scored one point for the IL girls.

Indian Land opened the tournament on Saturday when the Lady Warriors launched the three-day event with a 49-28 win over Class AAA Fairfield Central High of Winnsboro.

Hannah Harris hit 16, including two treys, to lead IL. Jessica Floyd scored 13 and Mariah Williams tallied 11 points.

On Monday, the IL girls earned a berth in the championship game with Northwestern with a 42-31 win over White Knoll of Lexington County.

Hannah Harris scored 19, 13 in the first half when the IL girls held a 26-16 edge. Harris tallied five treys in the win.

Mariah Williams chipped in 13, including a trey.

Indian Land returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when the Lady Warriors face tournament host York in the Exxon On The Run tournament at York High School in a game which tips off at 2 p.m.