HARTSVILLE, S.C. — Jazz Frierson made 2 out of 4 free throws during Friday’s final minute of overtime, and that was enough to give No. 7 Hartsville a 63-61 win over third-ranked South Florence. It was the Bruins’ first loss of the season.
Frierson, a transfer from A.C. Flora, finished with a game-high 32 points.
“It was a big win,” Frierson said. “I think we won as a team. They’re a really good team, so I think we did good as a team together.”
South Florence was led by Krystal Baker’s 18 points, followed by Jaida Cameron (16) and Jaz Lyde (14).
Frierson, who had nine points in the first quarter, finished with eight in an action-packed overtime.
With 1:23 left, it appeared the Red Foxes (10-3 overall, 1-0 Region 6-4A) would grab the final momentum shift when a South Florence turnover resulted in an Erianna Scott layup and 61-59 Hartsville lead. But before the Red Foxes could blink, Lyde was on the other side making a layup to tie the game once again.
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With 44 seconds left, however, Frierson was fouled and made her first free throw. After she missed the second, the Bruins were unable to counter. The ball then found its way into Frierson’s hands again and she got to the foul line again for the game’s final point.
After a short jumper by South’s Jada Montgomery missed its mark, the Red Foxes rebounded it and called time out with 9.9 seconds left.
Hartsville threw the ball in and ran 6.6 seconds off the clock before being fouled.
The Bruins had one final chance to tie it, but Lyde’s last-second try also missed its mark.
South Florence, however, had the momentum at halftime after a coast-to-coast layup by Baker gave the Bruins a 26-23 lead.
South then stretched that to 32-27.
But a Frierson layup got the Red Foxes back on track.
After a Lyde putback gave the Bruins (13-1, 0-1) a 34-31 lead with 1:40 left in the third, Hartsville’s Tatiana Fisher converted a three-point play to tie it.
And from that point on, it was a race to the finish.
“It wasn’t going to be easy; (South Florence) fought hard until the end,” Hartsville coach Justin Johnson said. “We felt good about our preparation. I’ve got to give our scout team a lot of credit. They simulated them since Tuesday and did a good job preparing us for their transition attack which had been killing a lot of teams in transition.
“We were able to get back and ball up and make them play against a set defense,” he added. “I’m really proud of that.”
Jazz Frierson 32, Scott 9, Mitchell 7, Fisher 7, Dawson 8.
SOUTH FLORENCE (61)
Jaida Cameron 16, Montgomery 7, Jaz Lyde 14, Coleman 5, Watson 1, Krystal Baker 18.
South Florence 64
HARTSVILLE — South Florence rallied from a late, 10-point deficit against Hartsville to force overtime.
But one overtime wasn’t enough in Friday’s Region 6-4A opener for both teams.
Right after Kam Foman’s layup in the second overtime gave Hartsville a 61-59 advantage, Joseph McMillan’s 30-foot, 3-pointer gave South the lead for good. Bruin teammate Jamarie Brown added two free throws with 11.3 seconds left, and interim coach Dom Harris’ team escaped with a 64-61 win.
McMillan, a Hartsville native, led the Bruins (8-8 overall, 1-0 region) with 21 points, followed by Brown with 20 and Rodney Lesane with 10.
Hartsville led 46-36 late in Friday’s game, and the Bruins made it disappear. None other than McMillan tied it at 49 with a 3-pointer from the left perimeter with 12.3 seconds left in regulation.
But make no mistake; McMillan’s last 3-pointer is the one he’ll remember.
“I just had to hit a shot; I had to be clutch,” McMillan said. “Hit the shot and try to take us home with a win.”
It was exactly what Harris was expecting.
“With him being a senior, I expect him to make big plays,” Harris said. “He had been struggling with the 3, but we had been working with him. This is his hometown, and he wanted to show out.”
In the first overtime, free throws by South Florence’s Lesane and McMillan gave the Bruins a 57-55 lead with 9.8 seconds left. But it was Foman to the rescue as his layup with 1.5 seconds left forced the final overtime.
DeAndre Huggins led the Red Foxes (7-7, 0-1) with 24 points, followed by Foman with 21.
SOUTH FLORENCE (64)
Jamarie Brown 20, Joseph McMillan 21, McFadden 7, Moorer 1, Robinson 5, Rodney Lesane 10.
Kam Foman 21, Pendergrass 2, Robinson 2, Brown 5, Spann 4, Crawley 3, DeAndre Huggins 24.