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The Lancaster High boys, opening a key three-game road stretch, kept pace in the Region III-AAAA race with a 66-53 win over Rock Hill to cap a league sweep for the Bruins on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bruins opened the league twin bill, topping the Rock Hill girls, 50-49.
Lancaster, 14-5, 3-2, took control in the second period with a key 18-6 run for a 33-20 halftime edge.
Ron Trapps, who led LHS with 20, hit 12 in the first half.
Alan Robinson, who supplied 14, hit two treys in the pivotal second period. Trapps and Forrest Woodard each had one three-pointer.
Lancaster owned a 49-37 lead after three quarters on the way to the 13-point win.
“Region play is tough, especially on the road,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “We did a good job of taking control in the second period with our defense and we found our shot.”
Trapps’ 20 led LHS. Alan Robinson netted 14, eight in the second half. Qua Duncan tallied nine and Nate Bush finished with eight. Sindarius Thornwell scored six.
Forrest Woodard netted five. C.D. Pelham and KeAnthony Foster each scored two points.
Tre McCullough, Savon Thoms and Charles Johnson each had nine points for the Bearcats, who fell to 8-10, 0-4.
In the varsity opener, the Lady Bruins snapped a four-game skid in region play with the one-point win.
LHS freshman Kyia Hough, who led LHS with 15 points, hit six points in the final period when LHS held on for the win.
“We hit our free throws down the stretch,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We kept fighting and made key plays down the stretch.”
The Lady Bruins, 4-11, 1-4, were 9 of 14 at the foul line in the final period.
ShaRon Brunson and Akiedra Fraisier hit 10 points apiece. Chanda Nivens and Aliya Davis tallied five points each. Tarah Tipton supplied four points and Brittany Reese added one.
Rock Hill was paced by Whitney Mitchell’s 18 points. Kennidra Young added 14 points for the Lady Cats, who fell to 3-14, 0-4.
Jackets sack Eagles
Buford ignited for a torrid second half on the way to a 64-54 comeback win over Central High School of Pageland on Wednesday night.
Buford, down 31-19 at the half, rallied with a 45-23 second-half surge to gain the 10-point victory.
“We played about as bad as we could in the first half, but then came back in the second half and played about as well as we could,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We put together 16 solid minutes of basketball and I hope we can build on that effort.
“We had a strong second half, but we need a complete game like that,” Couch said.
Marcus Brown led the 7-10 Jackets with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Logan Segee hit 20 and grabbed 13 boards.
Jacob Jamison netted seven and had six assists. Qua Truesdale tallied six points and hauled in five rebounds.
Johnathan Soliman scored three. Brett Estridge and Desmond McGriff each had two points.
Central, 4-12, was led by Sam Caldwell’s 20 points. Quinton Wallace scored 15 and Jiwan Funderburk added nine.
In the girls’ game, Central notched a 50-41 win over the Lady Jackets.
Central forged an early lead and stay on top for the nine-point win.
The Lady Eagles opened a 13-7 lead after a period of play and held a 25-17 edge at the break.
Buford trailed 41-30 after three before CHS notched the win.
Erica Blackmon led the Lady Jackets with 14. Carley Bailey hit eight points and hauled in seven rebounds.
Hannah Knight tallied five and had five steals. Brittany Faulkner and Catie Rowell each scored four points.
Daphne Honeycutt, Erica Powers and Kendall Boone scored two points apiece.
“We played with more intensity tonight,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “We need to shoot better and keep working hard.”
Central was led by Danielle Moore’s 14 points. Malia Rivers added 10.
Vols drop two
Lee Central swept a Region IV-AA home twin bill from Andrew Jackson on Tuesday night.
The LC girls, rated No. 8 in Class AA girls, opened the Stallions’ sweep with a 49-27 win over the Lady Vols. Lee Central built a 27-14 lead and steadily pulled away for the 22-point victory.
Ariel Boyle paced the Lady Stallions, 8-7, 4-1, with 18 and eight rebounds. Genevieve Hammett netted nine points.
AJ was paced by Dareisha Sowell’s 13 points and Bre Wright netted 12. Rebecca Johnson added two for the Lady Vols, 11-5, 2-2.
“We missed too many free throws and played poor on offense,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “Our offense gave them too many chances with turnovers.”
In the boys’ game, AJ couldn’t overcome a slow start in dropping the 25-point setback.
The Stallions, 16-3, 4-1, held a 9-5 edge after one period and owned a 28-15 lead at the break.
The LC boys used a 23-4 third period to gain a 51-19 spread with a period to go.
“This was our worst effort of the season,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “We can play better.”
Dashawn Wilson led Lee Central with 13 points and Walter Hill hit 10.
AJ, 4-9, 1-3, was led by Dustin Eddins’ 14 points. Robert Massey scored six points in the 66-41 loss.
Tilson Kirkland, Tremaine Jackson and Chris White each scored four points.
Quincy Grier and Wade Eubanks each had three points.
LeMarcus Bracy scored two and Bobby Delly added one for the Volunteers, 4-9, 1-3.