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ROCK HILL – Lancaster High’s region road trip to Rock Hill High School was rocky.
The Bruins battled in each of their varsity tilts, but got bumped off by the host Bearcats on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The Lady Bearcats opened the Rock Hill sweep with a 51-46 win and the Cats capped it with an 81-69 victory.
In the nightcap, Rock Hill bolted to a 10-0 lead, but Lancaster steadily fought back and trailed only 26-19 after one period.
Rock Hill owned a 45-37 lead at the break.
The Bruins, who trailed 65-55 with a period to play, stayed in striking distance, but couldn’t overcome the Bearcats, who improved to 15-5, 9-1 in region play.
“They made key plays when they really needed them,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Each time, we would fight back, but they had an answer.”
Rock Hill, which committed only two second half fouls, was 14-18 at the line.
LHS junior guard Deuce Dunlap, who led LHS with 17, netted a trey to make it 69-62 with 3:57 to play, but the Bearcats finished on a pivotal 12-7 run to nail down the 12-point win.
Jaylen Reid, who led RHHS with 25, netted 15 in the second half.
Nate Motley hit 18, 10 in the opening half, and Warren Vinson and Dionte Fleming each added nine points. Jaleel Scott added eight, seven after the break.
Dunlap’s 17 led LHS, with 12 coming in the first half. C.D. Pelham hit 16, 11 after the half. Marquivious Hall had 14, eight in the second half, and Calvin Crawford tallied 10, all in the first half.
Shai McCain and Demarcus Montgomery each had four. Jay Hood and E.J. Patterson added two points each.
“This was a tough one to take because we played well at times, but we have to press on,” Priester said. “We have four games to go and we need to make the most of this opportunity. Each game is tough, but we have a shot if we stay hungry and humble.”
In the girls game, the Lady Bruins, much like the LHS boys, gave it a solid shot only to fall shy at the finish.
Rock Hill, which held a 26-21 halftime edge, saw the determined Lady Bruins use a 4-0 run out of the half to close it to 26-25.
Rock Hill answered with a 7-0 salvo to gain a 33-25 spread with 5:12 to play in the third period.
The Lady Bearcats owned a 41-32 lead with a quarter to go and built a 46-32 edge on a Chelsea Dorsey trey.
Lancaster rallied to make it close at the finish, but Rock Hill held on for the five-point win.
“We battled all the way, but we just couldn’t get it done,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We were flat to open the game and Rock Hill was able to build the lead.
“We made some good runs, but we were hurt at key points by turnovers,” he said.
Phoebe Johnson led the Lady Bruins, 7-10, 5-5, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Johnson netted eight points in the first half.
Sha’Ron Brunson scored 10 and Aliyah Davis hit nine and had five rebounds and three steals. Amirah Stewart hit four and Chanda Nivens netted three points. Shareese Ross had two points and four assists, while Alexis Williams had two points and six rebounds.
Keyotta Garris had two points and seven rebounds. Hayden Thorne grabbed four boards.
Rock Hill was led by Dorsey with 19, 11 in the second half. Zekiya Knox hit 15, eight in the first half. Asia Potts posted nine.
Lancaster hosted Fort Mill on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Bruin visits Fort Mill to face Nation Ford High on Friday, Feb. 1.