Bruins top Vikes in region opener

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County basketball Roundup

By The Staff



The No. 2 Lancaster Bruins opened region play with a tough 79-68 win over Spartanburg in the Vikings’ gym on Tuesday.

The LHS victory gave Lancaster a split after the Lady Bruins dropped a 67-45 loss.

In the 11-point win, Lancaster, on the strength of a 23-15 third-period run, held a 59-39 lead late in the third quarter before the Vikings rallied.

Lancaster High junior standout Sindarius Thornwell, who broke the single-game school scoring mark with 47 points in a win over Chester High School last Friday night, experienced some foul trouble and went to the bench.

SHS then closed the gap to eight midway the final period.

At that point, Thornwell returned and gave the 14-1 Bruins a late spark.

He finished with 34 points, including four treys. Thornwell tallied 19 in the first half and added 15 in the second half.

He was also 6-8 at the foul line to boost the winners.

Lancaster led 36-27 at the half and used an 8-0 run to open the third period to hold a 44-27 spread.

Thornwell’s 34 led LHS, which posted its fourth straight win.

Senior KeAnthony Foster hit 14 and Alan Robinson tallied nine. Senior guard Shaq Williams finished with eight. James Crawford netted four, while C.D. Pelham and Nate Bush added three points each. Markevias Hall and Demarcus Montgomery added two points apiece.

Ja’Quille Oden led the Vikings with 15 points and Kian Lewis added 13. Aaron Crawford scored 12. Deonte Williams hit all nine of his points in the fourth quarter.

The Lancaster High girls fell in their region opener, dropping a 67-45

loss to Spartanburg.

The Lady Vikings built a 30-17 halftime lead and took a 45-26 lead into the the

final period with a 15-9 third-period surge.

“We just gave them too many second and third shots,” LHS girls coach Ronnie

Robinson said. “We also missed too many high percentage shots.”

Kendra Dawkins led SHS with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Kionna Jeter

had 18 points, seven steals and five rebounds for the Lady Vikings.

Lancaster, 5-6, 0-1, was led by Kyia Hough’s 16 points.

Tarah Tipton hit eight points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Sha’Ron Brunson netted seven and Kenyatta Robertson scored five.

Brittany Reese had three points. Shareese Ross, Jizmine Williams and A’Keidra Fraiser added two points each.

Lady Jackets roll

The Buford Lady Jackets, 10-1, 1-0 in region play, continued their solid hoops play, opening region play with a 59-43 home win over Central of Pageland at BHS on Tuesday night.

The Lady Jackets’ 16-point win gave BHS a split of the region twin bill.

Buford, on top 30-27 after snapping a 14-all first-period tie, used a pivotal 17-6 third-period surge to take a 47-33 lead on the way to the win.

“We came out in the third quarter and got on them with our defense,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “We forced turnovers and capitalized on them. Our defense proved vital once again.”

Buford used a balanced attack to net the win. Erica Blackmon led the Lady Jackets with 15 points and Hannah Knight scored 14.

Carley Bailey and Brittany Faulkner scored 10 points each. Daphne Honeycutt tallied eight and Mikayla Hannah added two points.

Bailey scored five in the pivotal third period, while Honeycutt and Faulkner each netted four points in the third quarter.

“This was a quality win for us,” Armbrust said. “We played well together.”

Malia Rivers led Central with 14 and Bianca Wallace hit 12.

In the boys game, Central gained the split with a 61-35 win over the Jackets.

Central led 11-9 after one period and steadily pulled away for the 26-point victory.

The Eagles led 31-16 at the half and then used an 18-8 third-period surge to seal the win.

Quentin Wallace hit 23 points to pace CHS.

Marcus Brown scored 19, 13 in the second half. Corey Bracey tallied nine. Orantez Coleman chipped in five and Evan Joplin added two points for BHS.