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The surging Lancaster Bruins opened Region IV-AAAA basketball play in a big way as LHS topped South Pointe 70-64 for a split of the league twin bill on Monday night.
The game was played Monday as not to conflict with the Lancaster County School District exam schedule which began Tuesday.
The Bruins’ six-point win saw LHS rally from a 36-30 halftime deficit.
Lancaster outscored the Stallions 22-12 in the pivotal third period as the Bruins took the lead and stayed in control for the win.
“This was a great win, a big win for our program,” Lancaster boys coach Ricardo Priester said. “It’s a momentum booster for us.
“South Pointe is a well-coached team, so we knew we had to play well and execute for 32 minutes and we did,” Priester said.
South Pointe held a 22-17 lead after one period and owned a 36-30 edge at the break, but Lancaster rallied in the second half to notch the win.
Xavier Holloway led the Bruins, 9-6, 1-0, with 24 points, 15 in the second half. He scored five in the fourth quarter when LHS protected its lead to gain the win.
Holloway was one of four Bruins in double figures. Garrett Thompson netted 13 while Avery Harris and Jonathan McGriff hit 12 points each. McGriff tallied six points in the final period.
“We did a good job of distributing our scoring,” Priester said. “Balanced scoring plays a big role for us.”
Shurdell Wright chipped in six. Michael Catoe had two points and Ron Trapps added one point.
“I was proud of our team for stepping up tonight with a big challenge,” Priester said. “Our assistant coaches did a great job of executing our game plan and having our kids ready to play.”
Lancaster aided its cause in the final period, hitting 10 of 14 foul shots
South Pointe was led by Trey Erby’s 22 points. Diami Gilmore and Jamar Banks each tallied 11 points.
In the girls’ game, South Pointe posted a 42-33 win over the Lady Bruins, who fell to 5-9, 0-1.
The Lady Stallions owned a 13-4 lead after one period and stretched the lead to 21-16 at the break.
South Pointe took a 29-23 lead into the final period before posting the nine-point win.
Alisha Hope hit 20 points, 12 in the second half, to boost the Lady Stallions. Hope scored 10 points, including 8 of 8 at the foul line. Temisty Massey added nine points for the SP girls.
“This is a game we should have won,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We missed way too many shots in the paint.
“We have to make shots when we get them,” Robinson said.
Quana Jones led Lancaster with 10 points. Shannon Truesdale scored nine. Tamesha Fletcher tallied five points.
Eldrina McIlwain had three points. Cherrell Cousar, Almesha Catoe and Tara Tipton tallied two points each.
Lancaster returns to region play Friday when the Bruins visit Rock Hill to face the Bearcats in a league twin bill which begins at 6:45 p.m.
LHS travels to Ridge View on Tuesday.