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The Lancaster Bruins kept their Class AAAA Upper State basketball playoff hopes alive with a pair of wins in Region III-AAAA play Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The LHS girls, 6-5, 8-10, rallied for a 43-39 win over Fort Mill in the opener and the Bruins capped the sweep with a 64-56 win over the Jackets.
Lancaster, 12-10, 4-7, held a 44-40 lead going into the final period, but FMHS rallied to slice the Lancaster lead to 48-47. The Bruins reeled off a 7-0 run to gain a 55-47 lead on Marquivious Hall’s bucket.
From that point, Lancaster protected its lead to earn the win.
The Bruins, who held a 28-21 lead at the half, used a balanced attack to net the region win.
Deuce Dunlap and C.D. Pelham hit 14 points each. Pelham hit eight in the second half and Dunlap netted 11 in the second half.
Calvin Crawford tallied 13, 11 in the first half. Demarcus Montgomery hit nine, seven in the second half. E.J. Patterson had seven. Kavonta Strain scored three. Shai McCain and Hall had two points each.
“We made plays down the wire in key situations,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Fort Mill kept battling and made it tough, but we had an answer each time from a different player. Team play pulled us through.
“Calvin Crawford had a solid game, hitting double figures and playing tough defense on the other end,” Priester said. “He has stepped up his game in the last few weeks.”
Harrison Lancaster hit 18 for the Jackets. Devin Thacker tallied 12.
In the girls’ game, Lancaster also finished strong to open the sweep.
Fort Mill held a 23-17 lead at the half and took a 33-30 edge with a period to play.
Lancaster then made its move for the win.
Chanda Nivens hit a trey to tie the game at 37-all. Then in the final 28 seconds, LHS made three of four free throws, with Shareese Ross netting two and Hayden Thorne one to seal the win.
“We trailed for most of the game, but kept battling and pulled out the win with clutch play,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We had a team effort to get this win.”
Phoebe Johnson hit 12 points, eight in the second half, to go with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots. Keyotta Garris scored 10, six before the half, to go with five rebounds.
Sha’Ron Brunson, who grabbed seven boards, hit six points and Kenyatta Robertson added six points. Ross registered four points and four steals.
Nivens hit three and had two steals. Amirah Steward and Thorne each had a point. Aliyah Davis grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists.
Ally Abbot led FM with 13 and Lauren Wood scored 10.
Jackets net first region win
Buford started strong and finished the same on the way to posting its first Region IV-AA boys basketball win this season on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in the BHS gym.
The Jackets, who broke to a 22-8 lead after a period of play, notched a 66-62 win over Central of Pageland for a region split with the Eagles.
The Central girls took a 64-53 win in the opener.
In the nightcap, Buford held a 28-25 at the break, but Central used a 19-14 third-period surge to gain a 44-42 lead.
Back came the Jackets with a 24-18 charge to capture the four-point win.
Kholby Pate, who along with Garrett Crenshaw led BHS with 15 points, hit 11 in the final period to spark the Jackets.
“Our team played with a chip on our shoulder and that was needed,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “I’m proud of how hard we played. I saw a lot of good effort and desire to want to win.
“Overall, we’re a young team and I feel we’re improving and headed in the right direction,” Couch said.
The Jackets aided their win, hitting 18 of 26 free throws for the game and 10 of 13 in the final period. The Jackets were six of nine from the field in the fourth quarter.
Corey Bracey hit 13 to aid the Jackets. Mikeem McKinney hit nine. Nate Saxon and Orantez Coleman tallied five points each. Jesse Stacks and Evan Joplin scored two each.
BHS, which snapped a six-game skid, is 1-6, 7-8.
Sam Caldwell led CHS with 21 and Deonta Chambers added 13 for the Eagles, who fell to 2-5.
In the opener, Central prevailed in a seesaw game.
Central held a 30-23 halftime edge and then stretched its lead to 51-37 after three periods.
Buford kept chipping away and sliced the gap to six, 59-53 with 1:01 to play.
Central answered with a 5-0 finish to take the 11-point win.
“Our girls played hard and I was satisfied with our effort,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust. “We didn’t hit our shots and Central did.”
Buford was led by senior Carley Bailey, who recently passed the 1,000 point career mark, with 25 points, 16 in the second half, with 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Gabby Davis netted 10, eight in the second half, to go with 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Erica Blackmon supplied seven points and three steals. Megan Deese and Tatyana Stewart each had four points. Adrianna Ray tallied three points and had eight boards.
The Buford Junior Jackets took a 48-38 win over Central.
Christian Catledge led BHS with 13 and D.J. Stradford and Tyrus McGriff each had 11 points. Brandon Joplin added seven. Wade Lambert had four and Tyler Stroud added two points.
Buford hosts Cheraw for senior night tonight.
Warriors roll, stay unbeaten in region
INDIAN LAND – The No. 6 Indian Land Warriors continued to roll in Region IV-AA play, ripping Chesterfield in the IL gym on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The Warriors, 17-2, 6-0, blitzed the Rams, 89-53 to gain a split of the region twin bill.
Chesterfield opened the doubleheader with a 43-42 win over the Lady Warriors.
IL shot to a 29-10 lead after one period as Rakym Felder netted 12 of his 24 points in the opening period.
The Warriors owned a 49-31 lead at the break and pushed the advantage to 78-39 after three periods.
“This was a good region win,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “I was proud of our focus. We’re playing hard together and we need to take one game at a time.”
Felder had plenty of help with the Warriors’ scoring load.
Senior Haydan Sawyer hit 18, 11 in the first half. Darnell Rodgers tallied 15, 10 in the opening half.
Connor Butler hit 12, six in each half. Lee McCall chipped in eight points. Cameron Davis had four. Dell Rivers and Myles Webb each tallied three points. Marty Cauthen chipped in two points.
Michael Johnson led the Rams with 14 and Chuck Jackson added 10 points.
In the girls game, Chesterfield’s Yasmeen Joines’ clutch bucket with 10 seconds left lifted the Lady Rams to the 43-42 win.
Joines’ gamer came after IL’s Shalyn Dougherty hit two free throws with 23.5 seconds to play to give the Lady Warriors a 42-41 lead, but Joines came through with the winning hoop.
“We had a good team effort and played hard for four quarters,” IL coach Natasha Farmer said. “Shalyn stepped up and handled the pressure at the end and Jessica Reynolds had her best game this season.”
Reynolds hit 18, 11 in the first half. Kendra Nesmith scored 11, six after the break.
Dougherty hit nine. Kate Komorous and Mi’Asia McIlwain each scored two points. Krystan White aided Chesterfield with 14 points.
IL hits the road tonight to face Central of Pageland.