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Bruins rip Rock Hill 'Cats twice

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County Hoops Roundup

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Bruins spoiled the Rock Hill Bearcats’ senior night twice.

The hot-shooting Bruins blasted the Bearcats, notching a 76-53 win.

The Lady Bruins were also tough on the Lady Bearcats, posting a 61-43 win.

The LHS boys, who trailed at the half 34-32, picked up the pace in the second half and cruised to the 23-point win.

The Bruins were deft from long range, drilling 16 treys.

LHS junior ace Sindarius Thornwell paced the Bruins, hitting 33 point, including six threes.

Thornwell tallied 19 points in the second half when LHS outscored the Bearcats 44-19.

Senior guard Alan Robinson also did his share of damage from behind the arc with 18 points, including four treys.

Sophomore Ben Dunlap, off the LHS bench, supplied 15 points – five treys.

The LHS defense also did its part, led by James Crawford, who held Rock Hill’s Jermel Jones to seven points.

KeAnthony Foster and C.D. Pelham each netted five points.

“We did a good job of shooting the ball,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “We also came through with a solid defensive effort. Rock Hill can be a dangerous team and we did a good job of taking control of the game.

Rock Hill was led by Eric Robinson who scored 12 points. Jaylen Reed hit 10 points.

Lancaster hosts Clover to cap regular-season play on Bruins’ senior night tonight.

The Lancaster Lady Bruins used a strong finish to deck Rock Hill in the varsity opener.

LHS held a 35-21 halftime lead, but Rock Hill rallied in the third period to close the gap to seven, 43-36.

With the game on the line, the Lady Bruins produced a decisive 18-7 surge to nail down the 61-43 win.

Lady Bruins’ sophomore guard Kyia Hough hit 25, 13 in the first half, to key the LHS girls, 10-9, 5-4.

Hough hit 14-18 foul shots for the game, including 10 points at the line in the final period.

Sha’Ron Brunson scored 16 points.

“We came out and were aggressive and attacked them,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson. “We took control early and hit our free throws late.”

Kenyatta Robertson scored six points and Phoebe Johnson added five. Tarah Tipton hit four and Aliya Davis scored three. Shantail Evans had two points.

Jazmine Crockett led Rock Hill with 10.

Lancaster hosts senior night tonight with the Bruins facing Clover.

The girls’ game tips off at 6:30 p.m., with the boys’ game at 8.

IL girls win

The Indian Land girls basketball team highlighted Warriors’ senior night as the Lady Warriors rolled over Central of Pageland for their first region win this season.

The IL girls led from start to finish on the way to a 62-49 win over the Lady Eagles.

“I was very proud of the way we played,” IL coach John Phillips. “We hit our shots and rebounded well. We were aggressive and kept attacking them.”

Seniors Khadijah Sistare and Jessica Floyd teamed for 42 points to pace the IL girls’ 13-point win.

Sistare netted 22, 13 in the first half, to help IL to a 27-14 halftime lead. Sistare hit 10 of 11 free throws in aiding the win.

Floyd scored 20, 14 in the second half.

The Lady Warriors made 13 of 15 foul shots in the third period to help build a 43-32 edge on the Lady Eagles.

Floyd netted nine in the final period to help seal the win.

Kelsey Young was also in double figures with 10. Toi Lathan hit seven and Kelsey Nesmith added four.

Central was led led by Malia Rivers’ game-high 27 points, 18 in the second half.

In the boys’ game, Central stunned Indian Land, holding on for a 77-74 win over the Warriors.

Indian Land led 74-73 after Chris Barnes scored late, but Central’s Jalen Covington and Quinton Wallace each had a hoop to lift Central to the 77-74 win.

IL led 43-41 at the half, but Central used a key 10-0 run to help build a 66-58 lead after three.

The game was close to the wire, with Central prevailing on a pair of late hoops.

Quinton Wallace hit 23 to lead Central. Deaven Johnson had 17, including five treys. Deonta Chambers netted 11.

Hayden Sawyer hit 19 to lead IL. Lee McCall and Chris Barnes each had netted 11. Rashid McGriff and Cameron Davis each netted nine. Connor Butler scored seven.

Tyler Watson hit four. Marty Cauthen had three and Quran McMillan added one point.

Jackets fall twice

Buford dropped both ends of a Region IV-AA basketball doubleheader at Lee Central High School of Bishopville on Tuesday night.

The Lady Jackets fell to the LC girls, 43-31 and the Jackets dropped a 59-49 loss to the Stallions.

Lee Central, 19-5, 9-0, built a 33-17 halftime edge and stayed on top for the 10-point win. The Stallions were up 18-7 after one period.

Hykeem Richardson led the Stallions with 11. Walter Hill had 10 and Tyrell Hicks tallied nine.

Buford, 1-8 in region play was led by Kholby Pate’s 19 points. Marcus Brown scored 16.

Evan Joplin tallied seven and Corey Bracey had five. Silas Moore added two points.

“I was proud of our team and the way we battled,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “I was especially proud of Kholby. He had his best game of the season.”

LC jumped to an 18-7 lead after one period and stayed on top for the win.

In the girls game, a poor third period put the Lady Jackes, 11-8, 2-7, in a bind.

Lee Central led 37-32 at the half, but the Lady Stallions used a 12-2 run to gain control of the game on the way to the 12-point win.

“We didn’t play well in the second half and we made too many mistakes,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust.

Ariel Boyle scored 15 to lead LC. Shaquera Atkinson added 11.

Buford was led by Carley Bailey’s eight points. Hannah Knight and Erica Blackmon netted six each. Brittany Faulkner tallied four. Daphne Honeycutt had three. Megan Deese and Adrianna Ray added two points each.

 Buford hosted county foe Indian Land on Jackets’ senior night Thursday.