Bruins sweep L-E to stay unbeaten

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By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Bruins, in different ways, stayed unbeaten with a hoops road sweep of Class AA foe Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday night.

LHS, which swept county foe AJ in its opener Nov. 27, downed the Demons, with the girls taking a 62-36 win and the Bruins taking a 63-61 victory.

The Bruins' Casey Catoe hit three of four free throws down the stretch to lift LHS to its second straight narrow win.

Bruins' guard Shurdell Wright led the win, hitting 19 points, 11 in the final period.

L-E held a 23-20 lead at the break, but Lancaster rallied in the second half.

Wendell McIlwain followed Wright with 13. Taniel Massey and Catoe chipped in six points, with Michael Catoe hitting five points. Terron Truesdale netted four. Xavier Holloway followed with three points.

Robert Fletcher, Gerard Brace and Ron Trapps added two points apiece. Mitchell Belk chipped in one.

"We had a lot of people contribute and that was a key for us," LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. "I thought our older guys showed good leadership at the end."

Frankie Samuel led L-E, 0-3, with 22. Aaron Evans netted 11.

In the girls' game, the Lady Bruins improved to 2-0 with a 62-36 win over the Lady Demons.

Lancaster held a 31-21 lead at the break before breaking open the game in the second half.

"We picked up our defense and that was the difference," LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. "We played more aggressive and increased our intensity."

LHS used a balanced attack, led by Quana Jones’ 15 points. Miteka Trueheart had 13 and Tenisha Howze added 10.

Dimaya Jones and Tesha Tipton had eight points each. Tarah Tipton finished with four. Laquisha Stewart had three and Courtney McCrorey added one.

L-E was led by C. Samuel with 10 points.

LHS opens its 2007-08 home slate tonight when the Bruins face Keenan High of Columbia.

The girls' game tips off at 6 p.m., with the boys set for a 7:30 start.

Jackets win at McBee

Buford posted a hardwood split at Class A foe McBee High School on Monday night.

The BHS boys downed the Panthers 47-41 in the nightcap for the Jackets' first win. The Lady Panthers took a 34-22 victory in the girls' game.

The boys' game was tight with BHS clinging to a 40-39 lead, but the Jackets' Jabari Williams, who led the winners with 13, came up with a key steal and score and Buford stayed in control for the six-point win.

"It was good to get this win under our belt," said BHS coach Jeff Moyer, who was presented his first win as the Jackets' coach.

"We showed improvement and I hope it will continue."

JoJo Morris followed Williams with 12 and Qua Reid netted 10. Donald Kirkley chipped in four. Blake Larrimore, Will Ford, Michael Childers and Logan McDowell each had two points.

BHS held a 22-21 lead at the break and took a 32-28 lead into the final period before taking the win.

Justin Bristow led MHS with 16 points.

In the girls' game, McBee was able to keep the upper hand, owning a 15-10 lead at the break.

McBee led 22-14 after three periods and held on for the 12-point win.

Megan McDonald led the Lady Panthers with 18.

Brittany McCarter paced BHS with 10 points. Janay Blackmon hit eight. Lauren Pearson and Shanequal Blakeney added two points each.

Lady Warriors fall

The Indian Land High girls' basketball team dipped to 1-3 on the season, dropping a 56-21 road loss to York on Tuesday night.

The Lady Cougars forged a 34-8 lead at the break and coasted to the victory.

Nardia Robbins led a balanced Lady Cougars’ attack with 12 points.

Indian Land was led by Mykela Hallum with six points and Paige Brugh hit five. Hannah Harris tallied four.

Mariah Williams, Brittany Montgomery and Jelesa Gordon had two points apiece.

Indian Land travels to Buford on Friday to face the Jackets, with the girls’ game set at 6. The boys play at 7:30.