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Bruins drop two at Rock Hill High

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By Robert Howey

Lancaster High had a rocky night on the hardwood in Region III-AAAA hoops play at Rock Hill on Tuesday.

The Lancaster girls dropped a 58-52 loss in the opener. In the nightcap, LHS lost to RHHS, 68-49.

The Lady Bruins led for most of the game, but Rock Hill rallied down the stretch to take the six-point win.

Lancaster held a 24-21 lead at the break and took a 38-35 spread into the final eight minutes.

The Lady Bearcats, who had three players in double figures, rallied in the final period when they outscored the LHS girls 23-14.

Laquesha Crockett hit 17 points to lead the Lady Bearcats. Paulette Rivers netted 14 and Shardrice Erby added 12 points.

Quana Jones led Lancaster with 13 points and Tamesha Fletcher hit 11 points.

Miteka Trueheart scored nine and Tenisha Howze hit eight. Dimaya Jones tallied five points and Keondra Jenkins chipped in four. Tesha Tipton hit two points for LHS.

In the boys' game, Rock Hill pulled away in the second half to take a 68-49 win over the Bruins, who fell to 3-8 in region play.

The Bearcats, 7-11, 5-6, held a 31-23 lead at the break and continued to build on their edge in taking the 19-point win.

Mario McCullough triggered the Bearcats, hitting 21 points. Jatavius Stewart scored 13 and Alex Robinson netted 10 for Rock Hill, which avenged an earlier loss to the Bruins.

Lancaster junior guard Michael Catoe paced the Bruins with eight points. Avery Harris and Taniel Massey hit seven points apiece. Mitchell Belk and Gerard Brace scored six each. Casey Catoe and Terron Truesdale tallied five points apiece. Xavier Holloway had three points and Robert Fletcher added two points.

In the jayvee girls’ game, Lancaster took a 47-45 win in two overtimes.

Lancaster continues Region III-AAAA hoops play Friday when the Bruins venture to Fort Mill to meet the No. 1 ranked Yellow Jackets.

Jackets lose at Central

Buford fell to 7-15, 1-5 after dropping a 53-37 road loss to Central High of Pageland on Tuesday night.

The host Eagles took a league sweep after the CHS girls defeated the Lady Jackets 53-46.

In the boys' game, Buford had a pair of lapses in dropping the 16-point loss to the Eagles.

Central held a 14-11 lead after one period, but the Eagles took charge with an 11-6 second-period spurt to make it 25-17 at the half.

The Jackets outscored the Eagles 13-12 in the third quarter to make it 37-30, but CHS countered with a 16-7 final period effort to take the win.

"Central was physical and just wore us down," BHS coach Jeff Moyer said.

Qua Reid hit 14 to pace the Jackets, 7-15, 1-5.

JoJo Morris chipped in 11 and Blake Larrimore added six. Jabari Williams had four and Michael Childers finished with two points.

Central was led by Justice Cunningham who scored 24 points. Kegan Funderburk chipped in 12 points. Terrance Thomas tallied seven for CHS.

In the girls' game, Buford battled the Lady Eagles to the wire before dropping the seven-point league road loss.

Buford led 28-27 in the seesaw contest which saw Central rally to take a 42-40 lead with a period to play.

The Lady Eagles outscored BHS 11-6 in the final period for the win.

Latifah Coleman led Central with 24.

Buford was led by Brittany McCarter, who scored a game-high 31 points. Janay Blackmon followed with eight and Amanda Truesdale had seven.

Buford visits county rival Andrew Jackson on Friday at 6 p.m.

BHS falls to Rams

Buford dropped a pair of games to Class A foe Chesterfield High School on Monday night.

The game was originally set for a pre-holiday tilt, but was postponed due to a gym fire at CHS The game was reset for earlier this month, but postponed again to Monday night due to wintry weather.

Chesterfield won the boys' game, taking a 62-49 win.

Qua Reid led BHS with 14 and Jabari Williams scored 10. JoJo Morris and Blake Larrimore chipped in eight each.

Andrew Riner hit six and Anthony Williams had three.

Rontavis Rivers led the Rams with 18. Demond Booker scored 13.

The Buford girls dropped a 63-40 loss in the opener.

Chesterfield held a five-point lead at the half, but ignited in the pivotal third period to take a 49-28 lead. Victoria McVicker hit 16 to pace the Lady Rams. Kayla Frazier netted 14 for CHS.

Buford was paced by Brittany McCarter's 18 points, 13 in the first half. Janay Blackmon netted 16. Amanda Truesdale, Whitney Funderburk and Kendall Boone each tallied two points for Buford.