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Lancaster senior forward Jonathan McGriff hit four clutch free throws in the final 27 seconds to spark the Bruins to a 66-62 win over Spring Valley on Tuesday night.
The win, which gave LHS a split after the Lady Bruins fell in the opener, pushed the Bruins’ mark to 10-9, 2-3.
SV, down 33-25 at the break, rallied to take a 49-48 lead with a period to play, but Lancaster made a key charge in the final eight minutes to take the four-point win.
“We knew it would be a physical game, but our guys stepped up to the challenge and gave us the kind of effort we needed to get this key region win,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Spring Valley is well-coached and is a good team, and this was a big win for us.
“We were coming off two tough losses on the road, so it was good to be home and our fans responded with great support which was a real boost to us,” Priester said.
Xavier Holloway led LHS with 21 points, 14 in the first half. Avery Harris hit 13, eight in the second half.
Garrett Thompson and Ron Trapps tallied seven each. Shurdell Wright netted six and Tracy Ingram added five.
McGriff scored four – all at the line and in the clutch. Nehemiah Stewart hit one and Zed Truesdale tallied two points.
Spring Valley was led by Ron Zimmerman’s 25 points.
In the girls’ game, Lancaster dropped a 66-34 decision to the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Bruins trailed 16-11 at the end of the first period, but Spring Valley, ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA girls, picked up the pace to forge a 38-19 lead on the LHS girls, who fell to 1-4, 5-11.
“I thought we did a good job in the early stages and stayed with them,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We played well, but then we made a few bad decisions and Spring Valley took advantage like a good team will do.”
The Lady Vikings used a 22-8 second-period spurt to forge the 19-point halftime spread.
The Lady Vikes, who were 16-23 at the line for the game, netted 15 of 21 foul shots in the opening half. Lancaster, 3-7 at the stripe for the game, was 1 of 3 at the line in the opening half.
Lancaster was also hurt by the absence of two starters in the second half, guards Dimaya Jones and Keondra Jenkins. Both players became ill during the game and were unable to finish.
“Without those two senior guards, we were in a struggle,” Robinson said. “Turnovers hurt our chances at key times and they were able to convert.”
Asia Dozier led the Lady Vikings with 16. Xlina McDaniel, the daughter of former NBA star Xavier McDaniel, chipped in 11 points.
Keidra Barnes and Tamesha Fletcher each hit seven points to lead LHS. Shannon Truesdale and Dimaya Jones scored three points each. Quana Jones, Courtney McCrorey, LaQuisha Stewart, Cherrell Cousar, Shaniqua Waters and Almesha Catoe each hit two points. Tyesha Elder added one.
The Bruins hit the road Friday in region play as they visit South Pointe.
The girls play at 6:45 with the boys game at 8:15.