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The Lancaster Bruins ignited in the second half to earn a split with host Blythewood on Tuesday night.
The LHS boys, up 27-24 at the half, caught fire and outscored the Bengals 36-19 in the second half to gain the 63-43 win.
The Bruins, sparked by junior forward C.D. Pelham’s 12 third-period points, forged a 45-34 lead after three periods and cruised to the win.
Pelham finished with 18 points, 12 in the third period when LHS took control.
Alan Robinson hit a game-high 19, including four treys. LHS junior ace Sindarius Thornwell netted 15.
KeAnthony Foster scored five and Shaq Williams hit four. Markevias Hall added two points.
Damar Hall led the Bengals with 14 and C.J. Buchanon scored 10.
Lancaster hit 13 of 20 free throws, while BHS was 13 of 19 at the foul stripe.
Lancaster used full-court pressure to force second-half turnovers to take control of the contest in the 20-point win.
In the girls’ game, Lancaster never could get going in a 47-30 loss to the Lady Bengals.
Blythewood blew out to an 18-3 first-quarter lead and held a 20-10 spread at the break.
BHS was up 33-20 after three before posting the 17-point win.
“We lacked energy and didn’t rebound,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “Blythewood was physical and we had a tough time adjusting.”
Kyia Hough hit 19 to lead LHS. Tarah Tipton scored nine points and Phoebe Johnson netted five.
Aliya Davis hit three and Kenyatta Robertson scored two. Sha’Ron Brunson had one.
Kierra Brown led Blythewood with 13 points and Jamila Minor hit 11.
Lancaster hosts Chester tonight, with the varsity girls’ game at 6:45 and the boys to tip off at 8.
Lady Jackets rally, win
The Buford High girls team continued its solid early-season play, taking a 52-44 win over Chesterfield in non-region play Tuesday night.
The Lady Jackets’ eight-point win kept the BHS girls unbeaten and gave Buford a split.
Chesterfield owned a14-8 lead after one period, but Buford closed the gap in the second period and held a 21-20 spread at the break.
“Chesterfield played well,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust. “We scrimmaged
them early in the preseason and they’ve made a lot of improvement since then.”
Buford, continuing to build its lead, led 37-31 before taking the 52-44 victory.
Carley Bailey hit 19 points, 11 in the second half.
Bailey hit eight in the third period when BHS extended its lead.
Bailey had six rebounds, six steals and had five assists.
Erica Blackmon tallied 14 points, eight in the first half. Hannah Knight tallied 11, six in the final period.
Knight grabbed four rebounds to go with seven steals and five assists.
Daphne Honeycutt and Brittany Faulkenberry added four points each for the BHS girls.
“Our playmakers made some big plays tonight,” Armbrust said. “We needed to take care of the basketball and be patient and it helped us in our win.”
Buford’s boys had a tough night on the hardwood, dropping a 52-42 road loss to Chesterfield.
The Rams started strong, taking a 12-5 lead and they led 24-13 at the break.
BHS sliced into the lead, trailing 37-32 after three before the Rams notched the 10-poin win.
Markel Melton led Chesterfield with 19 points, 10 in the second half. Jarred Melton scored seven as did Norez Byrd.
Kolby Pate paced the Jackets with 16, 11 in the second half. He grabbed three rebounds.
Josh Roach had eight points and eight rebounds. Marcus Brown scored eight and hauled in six rebounds.
Dee Williams hit four and dished out four assists. Orantez Coleman hit four. Donovan Lang added two points.
Vols split with Lions
Andrew Jackson split a non-region twin bill with Lewisville as the Lions won a thriller in the nightcap for the split.
The Lady Vols took control in the second period as they outscored the Lady Lions 22-3 to take a 30-13 halftime edge.
AJ, with a 23-6 third-period, owned a 53-19 spread on the way to the win.
Dareisha Sowell hit 22, 13 in the second half for the win. Elizabeth Scott had 13, seven in the second half.
Kristen Rutledge scored eight and McKenzie Horton had seven.Kantara Sowell had six and Oxi Shropshire hit five. Summer Vick finished with four points.
Brandy Truesdale had two points and Halle Thompson added one.
“This was our best effort in the second and third quarters this season,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “Slowly but surely we’re getting there. Dareisha played under control and stayed out of foul trouble. Rutledge gave us a senior effort.”
The AJ boys had a tougher time, falling in a buzzer beater.
Lewisville’s Quay Walls drained a trey – his only points of the game – at the buzzer to lift Lewisville to the 56-45 win.
AJ’s Quadarius Fair hit a trey with 26 seconds to play to put AJ up 45-43.
Late in the game after a missed AJ foul shot, Lewisville had a shot. The Lions worked the ball to mid-court and called time with 2.9 seconds left.
The Lions worked an inbounds screen for Walls who hit the clutch shot.
“We battled back and never quit,” Lions’ coach Larry Davis said. “Our kids executed the play the way it was drawn up.”
Lewisville led 13-8 after one period, but AJ ignited to take a 24-18 halftime lead.
The Vols owned a 35-27 edge with a period to play, but the Lions charged with a 19-10 effort to secure the win.
Mardarius Beatty led the Lions with nine.
Dustin Eddins led AJ with 14, 10 in the first half. He netted three treys. Quadarius Fair and Bobby Delly each scored nine points.
Avalon Truesdale scored five. Quincey Grier had four. Tilson Kirkland and Wade Eubanks each had two points.
“Both teams played hard tonight,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “They made a clutch play at the end tto gain the win.”