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Bruins hoping to build off victory

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LHS launches three-game region road trip

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster High boys basketball team hopes to build off its Region IV-AAAA opening win over No. 9 South Pointe as it launches a three-game road trip.

The Bruins visit Rock Hill tonight and then venture to Ridge View on Tuesday and Blythewood next Friday in key league games.

Lancaster defeated South Pointe of Rock Hill 70-64 to open region play on Monday night at home. LHS, 9-6, 1-0, rallied from a 36-30 halftime deficit.

Lancaster outscored the Stallions 22-12 in the third period as the Bruins took the lead and stayed in control for the victory.

“This was a great win, a big win for our program,” Lancaster boys coach Ricardo Priester said. “It’s a momentum booster for us. It’s gratifying to see our guys rewarded for the work they’ve put in because we do work hard.”

Xavier Holloway led the Bruins  with 24 points, 15 in the second half. He scored five in the fourth quarter when LHS protected its lead down the stretch.

Garrett Thompson netted 13 while Avery Harris and Jonathan McGriff hit 12 points each in the comeback win.

“We had good balance and I thought our players did a good job of executing and playing as a team,” LHS assistant coach Jerron Cauthen said.

Priester said the Bruins have to come to play tonight at Rock Hill.

“There are no cupcakes in our region and we have play because the games are won on the floor, not on paper,” Priester said. “Rock Hill is Rock Hill. They’re well-coached and they play hard.”

While the LHS boys, who have won five of their last six games, hope to keep streaking, the Lady Bruins will be shooting to get on track in region play.

The Lady Bruins, 5-9, 0-1, are 0-3 since returning from the holiday break.

“We have to do a better job of shooting the basketball,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “When we get shots, we have to make them.”

The Lancaster High girls dropped a 42-33 loss to South Pointe on Monday night.

 South Pointe took a 29-23 lead into the final period before posting the nine-point win. Quana Jones led Lancaster with 10 points. Shannon Truesdale had  nine for the Lady Bruins.

In other games tonight, AJ faces  Columbia in the Volunteers’ Conference IV-AA home opener. The Vols will be bidding to rebound after dropping a 68-52 road loss to Keenan of Columbia. In the loss to the Raiders, O’marr Truesdale led the Vols with 14 points. Ryan Miller hit 13.

“We have to do a good job of taking care of the basketball and stay away from costly turnovers,” AJ boys coach Dale Reeves said.

The AJ girls, 5-7, 0-2, will be seeking to get on track in league play as the Lady Vols face the Lady Caps. Jazzy Gripper hit 14 points to pace the Andrew Jackson girls in the loss to Keenan on Monday.

At Buford tonight, the Jackets will be looking to bounce back from a road loss at Great Falls High School.

The Jackets dropped a 71-19 setback and the Lady Jackets fell to the Lady Red Devils, 47-30.

In the boys’ game, Wayne Blakeney hit eight points to pace BHS.

The Lady Jackets were led by Janay Blackmon, who scored nine points and added eight rebounds in the loss.