The Portsmouth Lady Trojans dug themselves out of an early hole on Monday as they battled back to defeat Rock Hill 52-50.
Rock hill jumped out to an early lead and it looked like the Trojans were going to be in for a long night. Going into half time, Rock hill was up 23-19 on the Portsmouth Trojans. Coming out of half time, the Trojans looked like a completely different team as they fought for every loose ball and forced turnovers on the defensive end. Portsmouth’s offense came out of the gates fast in the second half and looked to run the ball down the court to get easy layups.
Going into the final minutes, Semajah Parker secured a rebound and converted a tough layup to give the Trojans the lead with 40 seconds to go in the game. Kylisha Kearns hit two free throws at the end to seal the win for the Trojans.
Portsmouth Coach Kristen Bradshaw was proud that her team never gave up in route to their first conference win.
“I think we just showed up to play all four quarters, our young girls really stepped up. All of use scored but one girl and it took all eight of us,” Bradshaw stated.
Semajah Parker led the Trojans on the offensive end with 15 points.
“Parker had 15 points she was crashing the boards all night,” said Bradshaw.
Rock hill Coach Greg Damron blamed the loss on costly turnovers.
“We turned the ball over 30 times tonight, and you can’t win a game turning the ball over that much,” he said.
Lucy Simpson led Rock Hill with 17 points in her first start of the season.
Coach Damron explained, “She’s a freshman she handled the ball well, first start 17 points that’s pretty awesome.”
Coach Bradshaw and the Portsmouth Trojans look to get another win as they looked to be the undefeated Fairland dragons.
“They have a great team, but I’m hoping to go up there and surprise them,” she said. “Hopefully, we can go up there and play with the same energy we played with tonight.”
Coach Damrin looks to get back on track as Rock Hill hosts South Point.
In reference to the upcoming game, he said, “Should be another barn burner.”
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rock Hill 16 23 37 50
Portsmouth 12 19 36 52
Rock Hill: Simpson-17, Darby-13, Stamper-6, Meadows-4, Hall-4, Scott-3, Hairston-2, Noel-1
Portsmouth: Parker-15, Kearns-13, McKenzie-9, Hughes-6, Williams-5, Kegg-2, Howard-2