The 2022-2023 Catawba Ridge boys’ basketball team won the Milltown Classic title. Photo by John Turner

It was a good and bad day for the Catawba Ridge basketball program.

The Catawba Ridge boys’ basketball team won the Milltown Classic at Fort Mill High beating Collins Hill 52-38 in convincing fashion, while the Copperheads girls team fell to North Myrtle Beach 43-38 in the girl’s final at Catawba Ridge High.

Catawba Ridge

In the boy’s championship game, Zyan Hager led the Copperheads with 24 points and Landon Foley added 10 points for Catawba Ridge as well.

Hager scored just six points in the first half as Lance Barnes led the Copperheads with all eight of his points. Catawba Ridge took an 18-13 lead into the locker room at the half and really pulled away in the second half.

In the second half, Hager dropped in 18 points and hit three 3-pointers as the Copperheads scored 34 second half points.  Foley added eight of his 10 points in the second half as well.

The win by the Copperheads puts them at 3-0 on the young season. Catawba Ridge will travel to Gaffney next Tuesday for their next game.

The Catawba Ridge girls team struggled shooting the ball and fought back, but came up short in their finals losing by five.

Tatum Postel led with 13 points and Brielle Windisch added 10 points in the loss. North Myrtle Beach had a big presence in the paint and was able to control the boards in the first half, while Catawba Ridge hit just eight of 25 shots.

The second half was a slow one for both teams and the Copperheads played better by getting to the basket and getting more rebounds. Catawba Ridge opened the second half on an 11-1 run and North Myrtle Beach didn’t score for the first eight minutes of the second half.

North Myrtle Beach was able to hit free throws down the stretch as they again opened up a gap to get the win. Catawba Ridge fell to 2-1 overall on the season and will play next weekend at Myers Park.

Fort Mill

Both the Fort Mill boy’s and girl’s teams finished the tournament in fourth place.

The Fort Mill girls lost to Andrew Jackson 61-52 and dropped to 1-2 overall on the season. The Jackets were led by Reagan Reyes who scored 13 points.

Andrew Jackson took a five-point lead into the half and came out just as strong as Fort Mill had trouble defending their inside game and their shooting beyond the arc. The Volunteers consistently used their height to get rebounds and second chance opportunities to pull away from Fort Mill.

The Fort Mill boys fell hard to Westminster Catawba 74-55. The two teams were close for about the first 13 minutes, but Westminster started to create at gap to take a 36-29 lead at the half. Westminster pulled away in the second half outscoring the Jackets 38-26 to take third place.

Both Fort Mill squads will travel to Indian Land next Tuesday, Nov. 29 to take on the Warriors.

Nation Ford

The Nation Ford girls’ basketball team picked up a 62-43 win over the Chesterfield Rams to finish in fifth place at the Milltown Classic. The Falcons were led by Kayla Wilmore for the second straight game as she scored 20 points in the win. The win put Nation Ford at 2-1 on the season.

The Nation Ford boys’ basketball team fell to 0-3 overall on the season as they finished in eighth-place in the tournament with a 65-49 loss to Piedmont in the boy’s bracket.

Nation Ford will kick off their home schedule next week hosting Marvin Ridge Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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Catawba Ridge’s Tatum Postel drives to the basket during the Copperheads game against North Myrtle Beach.
Fort Mill’s Reagan Reyes drives around an Andrew Jackson defender in the third-place game at the Milltown Classic.
Nation Ford’s Georgia Sharpless fights for the ball against Chesterfield.