Bruins sweep L-E in hoops opener

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County Hoops Roundup

By The Staff

Lancaster launched its varsity basketball season with a sweep of Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday night in the L-E gym.

The Lady Bruins opened the twin bill, taking a 47-37 win. The LHS boys completed the sweep with a 67-37 triumph.

The boys’ game was close after one half, with LHS holding a 29-20 edge.

The Bruins then ignited on a 23-9 surge to take an insurmountable 52-29 lead. LHS sophomore standout Sindarius Thornwell hit 13 of his game-high 27 points in the third quarter.

Senior guard Ron Trapps was also in double figures, netting 13. Nate Bush finished with eight and C.D. Pelham hit six. Alan Robinson added five.

Jaquarius Montgomery and Shai McCain netted four points each.

The Bruins were 11-21 at the foul line, while L-E made 5 of 7.

JoJo Pelligrino and Darius Custard each hit 14 to lead the Demons.

“This was a good win for us to open on the road, but we have to do a better job on the free throw line,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Bruins built an early lead and kept the upper hand for the 10-point win.

LHS, up 13-6 after one period, owned a 22-12 at the break. The Lady Bruins took a 36-23 lead into the final period before taking the win.

“I was pleased with the effort,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We played hard and held our composure.”

Shannon Truesdale paced the Lady Bruins with 19 points, 11 in the second half, and had 13 rebounds.

“Shannon stepped up and gave us a good senior effort,” Robinson said.

Kyia Hough hit 14 points, 10 in the second half. Quana Jones scored seven points and had seven boards.

Tara Tipton had a solid game with three points, seven blocked shots and 13 rebounds. Aliyah Davis and A’Keidra Fraisier each added two points.

Lugoff-Elgin was led by Caressa Samuel’s 15. Aneka Dixon added 11.

Lancaster hosts Andrew Jackson in its home opener tonight when the varsity twin bill tips off at 6.

Warriors drop pair

Indian Land dropped a pair of losses in its 2010-11 hardwood opener on Tuesday night in Fort Mill where Nation Ford swept a pair of wins.

The Falcons completed the sweep with an 84-54 win over the Warriors.

In the varsity opener, the NFHS girls notched a 36-34 victory.

The Falcons forged a 46-23 halftime lead and cruised to the 30-point win over the Warriors.

“We had a slow start and didn’t execute,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “Turnovers really hurt us.”

Nation Ford held a 22-14 edge after one period and used a 24-9 second-period surge to gain control of the game.

Andrew Komornik paced a balanced NF attack with 18 points. T.J. Jones netted 13 points and D.J. Dinwiddie hit 11.

 Brandon Harris and Chase Bolinger hit 10 points each for the Falcons.

The Warriors were paced by Jarrell Robinson’s game-high 19 points, 12 in the first half. Darnell Rodgers followed with 16 points.

“I was pleased with Darnell’s guard play,” Smith said.

Hayden Sawyer scored eight points. Rashid McGriff and Drew Richardson each netted five points. Marty Cauthen chipped in a point.

In the girls game, Nation Ford edged the Lady Warriors, 36-34.

The IL girls trailed most of the game, but kept it close.

The Lady Falcons owned an 18-13 lead at the break and were up, 26-22 with a period to play.

“We slowed down the game because Nation Ford likes to run,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “They have a very good point guard who can get down the floor quick and good shooters on the wings.

“It kept the game close for us, kept them from doing what they like to do.”

Hannah Harris hit 15 to lead IL. Jessica Floyd hit 10 points and had 10 rebounds.

Brittany Montgomery had five. Lindsay Johnson and Toi Lathan added two points.

NF was paced by Zharne Glover’s 15 points. Katie Bright added 11.

 IL visits Chesterfield High School tonight in non-region play..