McCORMICK — After the Ninety Six High School girls basketball team started Tuesday night's game at McCormick on a 15-2 run, the Chiefs dug in and clawed their way back to take the lead.
But when the Wildcats took back the momentum in the second half, there was no comeback magic left for McCormick.
Ninety Six used a 13-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters to seize control, then kept McCormick at bay in the game's late stages to claim a 41-32 road victory.
"We had a horrible practice (Monday), and I was a little worried about that (Tuesday), but we came out red-hot," Ninety Six (5-0) coach Anarie Duckett said. "Then, we had that big break and kind of went to sleep for a little while ... but then we just kind of changed our defense and put some more pressure on them, but they hung in there."
The break of which Duckett spoke was a bizarre incident in the first quarter, in which paramedics were called to remove a teenaged spectator who suffered a fall in the bleachers behind the scorers table. The game was halted for more than 10 minutes with 4:50 to play in the first quarter and Ninety Six leading 8-0 as the fan was taken from the gym a stretcher.
Following the unexpected break, Ninety Six eventually stretched the lead to 15-2 before McCormick embarked on an 18-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters and took a 20-15 lead.
"We came out dragging. We came out slow," McCormick (2-4) coach Gena Wideman said. "After we had a nice little conversation, they decided to come out and start playing and started hitting the outside shot pretty well. Everything was looking good."
Good, that is, until Ninety Six's DaQuasha Williams got rolling in the second half. The center scored her first basket with 4:50 to play in the third, and scored 13 of her 14 points in the second half to spur Ninety Six's decisive run that put the game away.
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