2021-22 Rock Hill Area HS Basketball Teams

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Jaylon Hoover sets up the Clover offense in the team’s Thursday, February 17, 2022 playoff win over Blythewood.

Courtesy of Clover School District

When Fort Mill basketball senior Kyle Neibch returned a stolen pass to second-year teammate Gabe Tooper, the only question was how long the crowd would hold their breath.

The short answer? Not long at all.

With about two minutes left in the third quarter, Tooper clawed back the pass and only needed a rallying pitch before hitting home a two-handed dunk that gave Fort Mill a 55- 45 on Byrnes and a momentum the Yellow Jackets wouldn’t give up.

Thanks to a seven-point comeback in the first half and a clutch shot and a boisterous student section that undoubtedly had an impact on the game, Fort Mill (21-5, 7-1 Region 3- 5A) defeated Byrnes (18-8, 4-4 Region 2-5A) at home, 75-68, in the second round of the 5A state playoffs on Friday night. Neibch led all scorers with 25 points; Tooper finished with 18.

“I’m just excited for our kids,” Fort Mill head coach Dwayne Hartsoe told reporters after the game. “They worked very hard. They have worked hard to get where they are. They play really well together. It’s just a fun group to be around.

Friday night there were so many runs, so many changes in momentum, that the score never seemed to reflect the energy in the building. Fort Mill pushed to a 5-0 scoreline. Then Byrnes responded to take a seven-point first-quarter lead – only to be mobbed by a Fort Mill run just as the quarter ended which was capped by a Tooper and one to make the first quarter score 18-16 .

The rest of the game also had its ups and downs: Byrnes held a 38-33 lead before half-time and, for a moment in the third, began to take control of the game, operating with a steady pace of five to four. tip cushion.

But then Neibch came alive with 3 seconds on consecutive possessions to give Fort Mill a lead, and the Yellow Jackets held that lead until about two minutes remaining in the third.

Then, of course, came Neibch’s assist at Tooper’s dunk to give Fort Mill their aforementioned 10-point lead — one that wouldn’t be squandered.

“When Kyle gets the ball back, all eyes go to him,” Hartsoe said of that backdoor play. “So it gives the other guys an opportunity. And he had a good pass and a good read, and Gabe was able to slam it.

Fort Mill saw five players in addition to Tooper and Neibch score Friday night. Will Stumpf finished with 12 points, Zach Jennings finished with nine, Darryl Carrington finished with seven, and Wade Blythe and Logan Gillespie each had two.

Byrnes saw admirable performances from several players: Jesse Singh finished with 19 points; Kayzzin McDowell had 12 (four 3s); and Will Fowler was 18.

The Yellow Jackets are scheduled to face Ridge View on Monday night at home for a third-round game. Ridge View has won three state titles in the past four years and boasts South Carolina’s No. 1 player — 5-star, 6-foot-8 power forward GG Jackson.

The Fort Mill basketball team looks forward to the challenge, Hartsoe said. The rest of the student body probably is too.

“The last three games we’ve played here, our student section and the crowd have been amazing,” Hartsoe said. “They make the difference in the game. That’s why it’s so important to be the No. 1 seed and to be able to organize games during the playoffs.

“It’s a good team. Byrnes is a well-drilled team, with a good basketball tradition. So I was proud of our children. But our student section has been amazing three nights in a row, and we need them there Monday night too.

Here’s what else you need to know.

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Clover’s Lawrence Bartee dunks over a defender during his side’s Thursday win over Blythewood. Bryan Dillon Courtesy of Clover School District

The boys’ scores from the start of the week

Twelve boys’ basketball teams from York, Chester, and Lancaster counties competed in the high school basketball playoffs.

On Friday night, these teams were eliminated: Catawba Ridge (first-round loss), Indian Land (first-round loss), Chester (first-round loss), Lewisville (first-round loss), Northwestern (second-round loss) . ), Clover (loss in the second round)

And those teams are still alive: Fort Mill, South Pointe, Lancaster, York Prep, Andrew Jackson and Great Falls.

Here are this week’s scores.

Wednesday

5A

Fort Moulin 64, Spring Valley 51

North West 55, Gaffney 30

Clover 59, Blythewood 47

4A

South Point 46, Dreher 45

3A

Seneca 81, Chester 44

Thursday

4A

AC Flora 57, Catawba Ridge 41

Lancaster 60, Westwood 54

Irmo 71, Indian Land 60

2A

York Prep 85, Lee Central 47

Andrew Jackson 91, Eau Claire 25

1A

Great Falls 85. Allendale-Fairfax 40

Calhoun Falls 68, Lewisville 49

Friday

5A

Fort Moulin 75, Byrnes 68

Mauldin 52, Clover 41

Dorman 61, Northwest 50

Check back here for Saturday’s scores.

Girls scores from the start of the week

Thirteen women’s basketball teams from York, Chester, and Lancaster counties competed in the high school basketball playoffs.

On Friday night, these teams were eliminated: Nation Ford (first-round loss), Fort Mill (first-round loss), York (first-round loss), Lancaster (first-round loss), York Prep (first-round loss), first round), Great Falls (first round loss), Lewisville (first round loss); South Pointe (loss in the second round).

And those teams are still alive: Rock Hill, Clover, Northwestern, Catawba Ridge and Andrew Jackson.

Here are this week’s scores.

Wednesday

4A

Catawba Ridge 64, Irmo 31

South Point 79. Dreher 60

AC Flora 43, Lancaster 38

Westwood 51, York 33

2A

Andrew Jackson 81, Burke 46

Saluda 54, York Prep 10

1A

Ridge Spring-Monetta 38, Lewisville 37

Williston-Elko 48. Great Falls 44

Thursday

5A

Rock Hill 70, Ford Nation 28

Cloverleaf 43, ridge view 29

North West 43, Gaffney 38

Spring Valley 49, Fort Mill 36

Friday

4A

Catawba Ridge 68, Easley 54

West side 65, south point 50

2A

Andrew Jackson 64, Ridgeland-Hardeville 35

Check back here for Saturday’s scores.

Sam Copeland contributed to this report.

This story was originally published February 18, 2022 10:02 p.m.

Alex Zietlow writes about sports and how they intersect with life in York, Chester and Lancaster counties for The Herald, where he has served as editor and reporter since August 2019. Zietlow has won six SC Press awards Association during his young career, including top spots in feature writing and sports corporate writing. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2019 and was a summer sports intern for The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina before coming to Rock Hill.