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The Lancaster Bruins launched the 2012 portion of their basketball schedule with a sweep of visiting Class AAA South Pointe on Tuesday night.
The fast-starting Lady Bruins rolled to a 57-27 win over the South Pointe girls in the opener and the LHS boys, rated third in the latest Class AAAA state poll, notched a 72-61 win over the stubborn Stallions.
The Bruins capped the varsity sweep with a tough win over the SPHS boys, who fell to LHS, 59-58 a month ago in Rock Hill.
The 2-7 Stallions battled the Bruins all night, but Lancaster had an answer each time.
South Pointe sliced the Lancaster lead to 61-51 with three minutes to play, but back-to-back slams from Sindarius Thornwell provided LHS a late spark in the 11-point win.
Thornwell scored 19, 10 in the second half, to go with 10 assists, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.
South Pointe held a 15-8 lead after a quarter of play, but Lancaster, with a 19-11 second-period spurt, took a 27-26 lead.
Thornwell hit seven in the second stanza and Shaq Williams and C.D. Pelham tallied five points each.
Williams scored 14 points, with eight in the first half. Pelham, who had a solid game, netted a team-high 22, 14 in the second half.
Pelham posted 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
The 13-1 Bruins outscored the Stallions, 19-8 in the third period to forge a 46-34 edge and kept the lead to cap the win.
LHS assistant coach Jarron Cauthen saluted the defensive play of James Crawford on SPHS standout Manzey Miller, who hit 13, but only four in the second half.
“James did an outstanding job containing Manzey Miller and holding him in check until the late stages of the game,” Cauthen said. “His defensive intensity was outstanding. He works against Sindarius Thornwell each day in practice and he’s been waiting for this moment to step up.”
Alan Robinson scored 10, eight in the second half. Nate Bush netted five and Crawford, in addition to his tough defense, had two points.
Lancaster aided its cause, hitting 15 of 17 free throws.
Miller and Cody Blake hit 13 points each for SPHS. Tyreece Brice scored 11 points for South Pointe.
u In the girls’ game, Lancaster used a fast start to make quick work of the Lady Stallions.
The Lady Bruins, 4-5, bolted to 22-5 first-period lead on the way to the 30-point win.
Chanda Nivens, who tallied 14 points, drilled 11 first quarter points, including three treys, to spark the LHS girls early.
“We hit big shots early and that set the tone for the game,” Lancaster High coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We showed patience on offense and were aggressive on defense. I felt we played a complete game which is going to be a key for us as we begin our region play.”
Lancaster owned a 31-13 edge at the half.
Kyia Hough, who netted a game-high 16 points, hit 10 first-half points, including five in each quarter.
The Lady Bruins stretched their lead to 45-21 after three periods on the way to the lopsided win.
“This was a big win at home against a quality foe,” Robinson noted of the Lady Stallions, who posted a 45-44 win over the LHS girls last month.
Lancaster had plenty of support in the win as nine players scored.
Senior post player Tarah Tipton hit nine points. Aliyah Davis hit five. Kenyatta Robertson and Phoebe Johnson supplied four points each. Sha’Ron Brunson and A’kiedra Frasier each hit two points and Shareese Ross added one.
“We played well tonight and had a lot of people contribute and we want to continue that kind of play,” Robinson said.
Lancaster caps non-region play as the Bruins visit Chester tonight at 6:30, with the boys game at 8.