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Lancaster High School’s trip for a non-region varsity twin bill with Chester featured a pair of blowouts – one good and one not-so-good.
The LHS boys salvaged a hardwood split in impressive fashion, posting a 111-58 win as the Bruins improved to 8-1 on the season.
In the varsity opener, Chester cruised to a 90-35 victory over the Lady Bruins.
The nightcap saw Lancaster dominate as the Bruins bolted to a 28-11 lead and cruised to the 53-point triumph over the Cyclones.
Sindarius Thornwell tallied 34 points, while Ron Trapps scored 22. KeAnthony Foster netted 13.
Nate Bush and C.D. Pelham each hit 10 points each. Pelham added 15 rebounds.
The Bruins forged a 48-32 halftime lead and then used a 31-9 third-period run to dash any comeback hopes for the Cyclones.
“We got off to a real good start and stayed in control,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said.
The Bruins hit 11 treys in sparking the victory.
Qua Duncan hit eight. Mardarius Bailey and Brien Clyburn scored five apiece. Forrest Woodard and Jaquarius Montgomery added two points each.
Chester, 6-2, was led by Tevin Worthy and Rambert who netted 12 points each.
In the girls’ game, Chester rolled to the 90-35 victory over the Lady Bruins, 2-4.
Chester opened an 18-9 edge after one period of play and used a 17-2 second-period surge to take a 35-11 halftime lead.
The Lady Cycs were on top, 69-14 after three periods.
“We started out pretty well, but we had too many turnovers which led to easy baskets for them,” Lancaster assistant coach Dwayne Robinson said. “We had some good looks at the basket, but couldn’t get our shots to fall.
“Chester made some tough shots,” he said.
Olivia Gaines led the Lady Cycs with 33, 23 in the second half. Raven Feaster netted 29, 17 in the opening half.
Shannon Truesdale paced the Lady Bruins with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kyia Hough netted 10.
Tarah Tipton hit six. Chanda Nivens had three points and Torri Cunningham finished with one.
Lancaster is playing in the holiday tournament at South Pointe High School this weekend.
Buford drops pair
Buford boys basketball coach Neil Couch saw pluses in the Jackets’ play on Friday night when the Jackets dropped a 62-54 loss to the Great Falls Red Devils.
“This was the best effort we’ve had,” Couch said after the game. “We wanted to respond after we had a bad effort at Weddington on Monday night.
“I thought we played hard,” he said. “I was proud of this group. When you take a John Smith team to the wire, it’s a good night.”
Great Falls took a 25-12 lead after one period and held a 40-28 edge at the break.
Great Falls owned a 50-39 spread after three before the Jackets rallied in the final period.
Logan Segee and Marcus Brown each scored 11 points. Qua Truesdale finished with 10. Jacob Jamison and Desmond McGriff hit seven each. Mikeem McKinney added six and Brett Estridge had two points.
Shaq Simpson led Great Falls with 19 and Alstevis Squirewell added 17.
In the girls’ game, Great Falls posted a 52-38 win, taking control in the second half.
The Lady Red Devils, up 24-22 at the break, used a 14-4 run in the third period to forge a 38-26 spread with a period to go.
Dyesha Foster hit 21 to pace the GFHS girls. Arkia Elder added 12 and Keisha Holmes hit 11.
Buford was paced by Daphne Honeycutt with 11 points and Carley Bailey scored nine.
Kendall Boone added eight points for the Lady Jackets.
Erica Blackmon netted four. Tiera Stewart, Hannah Knight and Brittney Faulkner each had two points.
“We played real hard tonight,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said. “I felt we caused a lot of turnovers, but we didn’t convert them into points. We didn’t execute when we needed.”
In the junior varsity game, coach Garrett Hammond’s Junior Jackets improved to 4-0 with a 40-31 comeback win over the Junior Red Devils.
Great Falls held a 29-19 lead with a period to play, but Buford ignited with a 21-2 charge to notch the nine-point win.
Dee Williams led the Junior Jackets with 14 points and four rebounds. Evan Joplin scored eight and added three boards.
Kholby Pate finished with seven points and six rebounds. C.J. Blackmon had four points and hauled down eight rebounds.
Corey Bracy scored four and Michael Walters added three for the Junior Jackets.
Warriors split at FM
The Indian Land Lady Warriors registered a 45-34 win to give IL a split with Class AAA foe Fort Mill on Friday night in the Yellow Jackets’ gym.
The Lady Warriors finished strong, outscoring FM, 17-9 in the pivotal final period.
Hannah Harris hit 16, 10 in the second half – eight in the fourth quarter.
Mariah Williams scored 12, seven in the first half. Jessica Floyd netted eight. Brittany Montgomery and Kelsey Young had four each. Khadejah Sistare added one point.
The Lady Warriors faced Fairfield Central High in the Y.C. Winborn tournament on Saturday at Rock Hill High School.
In the boys’ game, the Yellow Jackets were in control for the 81-50 win over the Warriors.
The Jackets buzzed to a 24-6 first-quarter lead on the way to the 31-point victory.
Fort Mill 45-18 at the break and took a 62-38 after three periods.
FM’s Andrew McCartney scored 18. John Brown hit 13 and Tay Mackey had 10. Rion Heriot netted nine.
The Warriors were led by Terrell Rodgers’ 22 points. Darnell Rodgers, Terrell Rodgers’ brother, hit 18. Jarrell Robinson scored six.
Drew Richardson and Hayden Sawyer scored two points each.