Bruins rebound, rip Eagles

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LHS ignites for 72-48 region win

By Robert Howey




The Lancaster Bruins rebounded in a big way Friday night in a 62-38 Region III-AAAA home win over Clover.

The Bruins, recovering from a slow start and back-to-back region losses, ignited in the second quarter and steadily pulled away for the 24-point win.

LHS’s victory, which evened its region mark at 2-2, gave the Bruins a split in the varsity twin bill.

The Lady Bruins battled region unbeaten Clover to the wire before dropping a 39-33 loss.

The nightcap saw the ninth-rated Bruins rally from an early 9-1 deficit to gain control and cruise to the league win to halt a two-game skid.

“The big key was we didn’t panic when we had our slow start and kept our patience,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Coming off a pair of tough region losses, that was crucial.

“We kept playing and held our composure,” Priester said. “This is a tough region and each night is a battle. Clover came in unbeaten in the region and we knew it would be a challenge.”

The Eagles held a 9-8 lead after one period, but Lancaster used a 20-8 surge in the second period to gain a 28-16 halftime edge.

LHS, up 19-16, used a 9-0 run to close the opening half to gain its 12-point spread at the break.

In the spree, four different players – Forrest Woodard, Alan Robinson, Sindarius Thornwell and Ron Trapps tallied to boost the Bruins.

“That kinda told the story because we had a team effort in that run,” Priester said. “We distributed the scoring and it made a big impact to give us momentum for the second half.”

Thornwell, who led LHS with 18, hit eight in the first half. Robinson, who drilled a three in the flurry to cap the first half, scored 13 – eight in the second half.

Lancaster held a 42-29 edge after three before breaking open the game in the final period.

A 10-1 charge midway the final quarter sealed the victory which improved the Bruins’ overall mark to 13-5.

“We had a lot of contributions tonight with nine players scoring and our defense was also tough,” Priester said. “Our effort reflected some of our past wins in that we had solid teamwork and hit from outside and scored in the paint. On defense, we contested shots and made them work for points.”

Thornwell led LHS with 18. Robinson hit 13. Shaq Williams and Qua Duncan each scored seven. Woodard, Trapps and Brien Clyburn netted four each. Nate Bush added three and Terrence Rivers scored two.

Xavier Wiley led Clover with 14 and Darius Harris scored 11.

In the opener, the Lady Bruins flirted with the upset before dropping the six-point loss.

Lancaster, 3-11, 0-4, was in the game to the late stages.

The Lady Blue Eagles, 7-7, 3-0, used a 6-0 run to cap the win after the contest was tied at 33-all.

“Clover executed when they needed to and things didn’t bounce our way,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We played aggressive and consistent.

“I was pleased with our effort, but we had some lapses which hurt us at critical times,” Robinson said.

The Lady Blue Eagles held a 27-25 edge going into the final period and were able to make the plays down the stretch to notch the win.

Bria Huffman, who led Clover with seven, scored four in the final period when the CHS girls outpointed Lancaster 12-8.

Clover led 8-5 after one period, but the Lady Bruins used a 12-6 run to take a 17-14 lead at the break.

Shantail Evans, who scored eight, hit a pair of threes in the second quarter to boost the Lady Bruins. Shannon Truesdale, who paced LHS with 11 points and eight rebounds, hit four points in the second quarter.

“We started a little slow, but picked up our pace and made it a game to the end,” Robinson said. “Clover is unbeaten in the region, but this game shows what we’re capable of doing. I think we can build off our effort for the second half of the region season. We still have a host of games to play and we have to be consistent from start to finish.”

Truesdale led LHS with 11 and Evans added eight. ShaRon Brunson had four and grabbed eight boards. Tarah Tipton scored four and hauled in six boards. Aliya Davis chipped in three. Kyia Hough hit two and Torri Cunningham added one.

Lancaster launches a three-game road trip in region play, visiting Rock Hill on Tuesday night. The Bruins travel to Spartanburg on Friday night.

Spartanburg dropped a 101-77 home loss to the Gaffney boys on Friday night. The Lady Indians took a 41-40 win.