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The Lancaster Bruins earned some hardwood revenge and the LHS girls continued their dominance in a home sweep of county rival Andrew Jackson on Friday night.
The Bruins, rebounding from a 57-51 road loss to the Volunteers a week prior, ignited late in the first half and continued to surge on the way to a 68-56 win over AJ.
The Lady Bruins completed a sweep of the Lady Vols, taking a 47-25 win. LHS topped AJ 57-38 in their first regular-season meeting.
In the nightcap, Lancaster knocked the Vols from the unbeaten ranks with its 12-point win.
The game was tight, with AJ holding the lead for the better part of the opening half until the late stages of the first half.
LHS, down 21-19, used a half-ending 5-0 flurry as a key spark. Xavier Holloway drained a trey and Ron Trapps scored to give the Bruins a 24-21 lead at the break.
“That run at the end of the half gave us the momentum that carried over in the third quarter,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “It was a tight game which we knew it was going to be because AJ plays us tough and they’re well-coached.
“We were just able to make a few plays at a key stretch,” LHS assistant coach Jerron Cauthen said. “When we came back out, we played like the team we’ve been looking for and capable of playing. Once we got going, it got contagious and everybody started playing well.”
Holloway, who finished with 12 points, nailed a trey to open the second half to key LHS on a key 22-12 third-quarter run for a 46-33 edge with a period to play.
Garrett Thompson, who led the Bruins with 13 points – 10 in the second half, scored seven in the pivotal third period. The Bruins were hot from the outside, connecting on four treys.
“Lancaster shot the ball extremely well,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “They burned it up. We left them open and they hit their shots.”
The Bruins continued to surge in the final period, building as much as a 24-point spread – 60-36 – midway the final quarter on Ron Trapps’ trey. Trapps hit 10, eight in the second half.
“We forced some turnovers and created offense with our defense,” Priester said. “Avery Harris came in and gave us a spark and gave us the kind of play you need from a captain.”
Harris hit 11 points, six in the first half, to go with four rebounds and four steals.
Thompson led LHS with 13, while Holloway hit 12, six in the final period. Harris followed with 11. Trapps hit 10. Gerard Brace had seven and Shurdell Wright netted five. Michael Catoe and Nehemiah Stewart scored four each. Teron Truesdale added two.
Jonathan McGriff had six rebounds to lead LHS.
AJ, 3-1, was led by junior Ryan Miller, who hit 17 – 11 in the final period. Omar Truesdale scored 12 and Tremaine Jackson added nine. Justin Sellers scored eight. Daniel Wright and Corey Ingram added four each. Drew Gardner finished with two points.
u In the girls’ game, Lancaster also used a torrid third period to post its 22-point win.
The Lady Bruins, 3-3, used a 11-5 third quarter charge to build a 40-18 lead on AJ and cruised to the win.
“I thought we did a great job on the defensive end of contesting their shots,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We pressured them and we wanted to take away their inside game.”
The Lady Bruins used a balanced attack to notch the win. Dimaya Jones led LHS with nine, nailing three treys. Shaniqua Waters hit seven. Tara Tipton scored five points. Almesha Catoe, LaQuisha Stewart, Shannon Truesdale and Cherrell Cousar chipped in four points each.
Eldrina McIlwain and Tyesha Elder added three points each. Quana Jones and Courtney McCrorey had two points each.
“We had 11 different players score and you like to see that team effort,” Robinson said. “We need that kind of play each time we go out.
“We’ve been up and down, but I hope we can use this win to build some momentum for a couple of tough games next week,” Robinson said.
AJ, 1-3, was led by Briana Wright’s 10 points. Jazzy Gripper followed with seven points. Halle Thompson, Erica Jones, Racheal Dipple and Rebecca Johnson added two points each.
“I thought our effort was good and we kept battling,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “We missed too many shots and turnovers at key times hurt us.”
LHS hosts Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday and York on Thursday.
AJ hosts Indian Land on Tuesday and visits county foe Buford on Friday.
u News’ correspondent Dylan Knight contributed to the story