By: Haley Bonner
Over Christmas break, the Fort Mill High School boys basketball team competed in the Moody Holiday Tournament. They played the Fairfield Central Griffins to advance to the championship.
With a victory of 76 to 50, Fort Mill, the boys played a key second half to pull away with the win. In just the second half, Fort Mill scored 46 points. Ranked third in the state, Fort Mill pulled together. Sophomore Kevin Woods had his career high of 14 points, Senior Jaquan Dupree had 12 points and Senior Tay Mackey added 10 points.
The Griffins shortened the lead to seven points at the start of the half, but soon after the Jackets struck back with an 8-0 run. “We had some good looks in the first half but didn’t hit our shots,” Bailey Jackson, the head coach, said.
Offensive put backs was what kept this team in the lead. They scored 14 points off of second chance rebounds. This win secured a chance to win the championship.
Fort Mill faced Butler for the title and Dupree scored his career high of 27 points. With the score of 76 to 58, Fort Mill came out victorious and were crowned champions. Dupree, Senior Andrew McCartney and Junior Jonathon Brown were awarded the All-Tournament Team.
Butler was ranked 12 on the Charlotte Observer’s first Sweet 16. “They have Division I athletes and are the best team we have played all year,” Jackson said. “We did exactly what we needed to do.”
Tuesday, January 4, Fort Mill faced Country Day and came out on top. Now the team has a record of 12-1 and is on a great run. Their next game will be against an Australian team on Friday. Come out and support our boys as their record keeps improving.