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AJ girls key sweep with undefeated league record

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Vols down Eagles twice

 

PAGELAND – Andrew Jackson capped the Volunteers’ regular-season in splendid fashion, a road hoops sweep of Region IV-AA rival Central of Pageland on Monday, Feb. 17.

The No. 5 Lady Vols rolled to complete a perfect region championship basketball season with a 72-42 win over the Lady Eagles.

The AJ boys, with a solid 74-48 victory, earned a Class AA Upper State playoff berth.

The surging Lady Vols, 19-3, 10-0, started strong and cruised to the 30-point win over the Lady Eagles.

AJ took command early with a 21-8 lead after one period and then put the game out of reach as the Lady Vols outscored Central 22-3 to gain a 43-11 first-half lead.

The Lady Vols, who had four players in double figures, were paced by Elizabeth Scott’s 18 points, 12 in the first half. Scott’s 18 points topped the 1,000 points career mark.

Senior guard Dareisha Sowell scored 13, 11 in the opening half. Jerrisha Crawford hit 11, seven after the break, and Summer Vick netted 10 points.

“We were happy to have four girls in double figures,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “One of our goals was to win the region and the second goal was to go unbeaten in the region. We did both, and now we have to focus on the playoffs and be ready. We have to bring our ‘A’ game.”

AJ, as the region champion, hosts Eau Claire High School of Columbia on Thursday night at 7.

Brantley Ussery supplied seven points. Hailley Burton and Marketta McIlwain each had four points. Danielle Ussery and McKenzie Horton each had two points. Ananda Cloud added one.

Central was led by Malia Rivers’ 33 points, 27 in the second half after being saddled with early foul problems.

In the nightcap, the AJ boys blitzed the Eagles, taking a 74-48 victory to clinch a Class AA Upper State playoff bid.

“This was a great win tonight,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “We played aggressive and played four quarters. We did the little things right we’ve been stressing all season long.”

Senior guard Dustin Eddins paced AJ, 7-14, 4-6, with 29 points, 20 in the first half. Eddins drilled four treys.

AJ, up 18-4 after one quarter, extended its lead to 41-20 at the half on the way to the 26-point win.

Cameron McIsaac hit 15, eight in the second half, and Corey Walters had 11 points, seven in the first half.

Dontarius James scored eight. Luke Sowell and Gervais Canty each had four points. Tray King hit two and Austin Truesdale added one.

Travon Horton hit 15 to lead Central. Tristan Stewart had 10 points.

The AJ boys open the Class AA Upper State playoffs as they travel to Columbia to face Region III-AAAA champion Keenan High on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.