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Bruins top Trojans, even region mark

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LHS splits with Northwestern

By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Bruins delivered in a big way to even their region roundball mark Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the LHS gym.

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The Bruins knocked off Region III-AAAA boys preseason favorite Northwestern with a 62-54 win over the Trojans, who fell to 2-7.

Lancaster, up 29-26 at the break, took a 44-43 lead into the final period and held on for the league win.

“This was a total team effort,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said of the Bruins, who improved to 6-3, 1-1. “We had four players in double figures and we executed our game plan and made plays when we needed.”

Lancaster held a 55-52 lead with under three minutes to play when C.D. Pelham netted a free throw and Marquivious Hall slammed home a breakaway jam off a long pass for a 58-52 lead.

From there, the Trojans never got closer than four.

“Coming off a tough, emotional win over our rival Andrew Jackson at AJ last Friday, that was a boost for us because it prepared us for a tough game like this,” Priester said. “AJ is a quality team, a tough foe. Just like that game, we had to produce in key situations and we did.”

Senior guard Demarcus “Yonnie” Montgomery led LHS with 13 points, seven in the second half, and five assists. Junior guard Deuce Dunlap hit 11, six in the final period.

Terrell Rivers netted 11 and C.D. Pelham posted 10, five in each half, to go with 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots.

 Jay Hood had five points, while Hall added four points and eight rebounds.

Keon Montgomery hit four points. Dennis Brown and Shai McCain supplied two points each.

“We had a lot of players contribute in so many ways, more than just scoring points,” LHS assistant coach Jerron Cauthen said. “That kind of play is going to be huge for us. I like our team concept.”

LHS was 26 of 38 at the free throw line, including 10 of 15 in the final period.

In the girls game, Northwestern, rated No. 10 in Class AAAA, rolled to a 64-39 win over the LHS girls,

NWHS led 19-17 after one period, but used a pivotal 18-7 second period run to forge a 37-24 halftime lead.

The Lady Trojans led 50-29 after three quarters before taking the 25-point win.

“We weren’t aggressive and didn’t attack,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We had too many lapses out there.”

Aubriana Thompson led the Lady Trojans with 15 and Mariah McCoy had 12.

Phoebe Johnson, who had eight rebounds, netted nine along with Kaela Robinson.

Shareese Ross, Sha’Ron Brunson, Keyotta Garris and Aliyah Davis each tallied four points.

Hayden Thorne scored three and had five rebounds.  Kenyatta Robertson had two points.

Lancaster closes its pre-holiday home schedule tonight with a date with region foe Rock Hill. The girls play at 6:30 p.m., with the boys game at 8.

 The Bearcats are ranked 10th in the latest Class AAAA boys state poll.