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The Lancaster Bruins had a tough night on the hardwood, dropping a pair of non-region games at Blythewood on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bengals opened with a 58-46 win and the BHS boys capped the sweep with a 54-43 victory over the LHS boys.
In the nightcap, the Bengals forged a 22-14 lead at the half and stayed on op for the 11-point non-region win over the Bruins.
Blythewood held a 34-29 edge with a period to play and used a 20-14 run in the final period to gain the win.
Kenny McCray led BHS with 17 points. Raheen Jackson and Trae Churn each netted seven for the Bengals.
Lancaster’s C.D. Pelham scored 15, 10 in the second half. Deuce Dunlap hit 12, seven in the first half.
Jay Hood, Marquivious Hall and Demarte Simpson each scored four points. Demarcus Montgomery and Shai McCain added two points apiece.
Lancaster was 7-21 at the free throw line, including a 4-8 effort in the second half.
In the girls game, Blythewood forged a 33-24 lead at the break, but the Lady Bruins rallied with an 8-0 surge to make it 33-32.
Lancaster kept it close to tie the game at 43-all, but the Lady Bengals used a 6-0 run to gain a 49-43 lead with a period to play.
LHS mustered only three points in the final period and the Blythewood girls took the 12-point win. Aaliyah Keels led BHS with 21.
Phoebe Johnson scored 11 to lead Lancaster. Sha’Ron Brunson netted 10.
Chanda Nivens netted eight and Amirah Stewart scored six. Kaela Robinson had five and Kenyatta Robertson added four. Alexis Williams chipped in two.
“We got off to a slow start and fell behind by 17, but made a good rally to tie the game,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “At the end, we just ran out of gas.”
Kierra Brown scored 16 and Naya Wesley added 13 for BHS.
Lancaster hosts county foe Andrew Jackson tonight, with the girls’ game at 6 and the boys game at 7:30.
The Vols are coming off a sweep of Lugoff-Elgin on Monday at the AJ gym. The Lady Vols took a 64-27 win and the AJ boys notched a 73-65 victory.
Quadarius Fair scored 20, 13 in the final two periods.
Avalon Truesdale hit 13, seven in the first half. Trey King added 12, eight in the opening two periods. Dustin Eddins netted 11 for AJ in the boys win.
The Lady Vols were led by Dareisha Sowell’s 18 points, 12 in the second half. Elizabeth Scott scored 14, eight in the final two periods. Bree Wright netted 10.
Indian Land splits
Indian Land split a non-region twin bill with York on Tuesday.
The 3-0 Warriors posted a 73-65 win over the Cougars after the Lady Cougars clawed the IL girls, 49-29.
Indian Land held a 33-26 halftime lead on the way to the eight-point win.
Darnell Rodgers led IL with 29 and Hayden Sawyer scored 17.
Chris Barnes netted eight. Quantra Taylor hit six. Lee McCall and Mark Martie added five each. Connor Butler added three.
Markel Castie led York with 19 and Deshawn Andrews hit 17. Daurice Simpson scored 13.
The Warriors were coming of a sweep and title in the Fatz Tip-Off Classic at Chapman High School.
The Warriors opened with a 95-33 win over Brashier Middle College and then took the title with a 103-93 win over host Chapman.
Darnell Rodgers was the tournament MVP with 44 points in two games, including 20 in the title game.
Rokym Felder scored 27 and Hayden Sawyer netted 23. Rodgers hit 20 and Chris Barnes netted 12.
In the openng round win over Brashier, Rodgers scored 24 and Felder netted 21. Connor Butler chipped in 10 points.
“We were happy to win this tournament and we felt it would help prepare for the season and a tough schedule,” IL coach Nate Smith said.
In the girls game at York, Indian Land dropped a 49-29 loss to the York girls.
Carrie Lee Lancaster led York with 18 and Lilasha Dervin netted 12.
Kate Komorous led IL with seven. Shalyn Dougherty scored six.
Kendra Naismith, Jessica Reynolds, Ashley Shelton and Salena Stroble scored four points each.
“We played hard and were aggressive,” IL coach Natasha Farmer said. “We’re a young team which will improve as the season moves on.”
Buford at North Central
Buford will be in action tonight as the Jackets visit North Central in non-region play.
The girls play at 6:30 p.m., with the boys at 8.
The BHS boys, 0-2 after dropping two losses in its preseason tournament, faced Camden Military on Thursday night.