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The Lancaster Bruins ignited in the second period, taking control of the game to gain a Region IV-AAAA split with Rock Hill on Tuesday night.
The Bruins, 11-10, 3-4, led 22-20 after one period of play, but took control of the game with a 23-6 spurt.
“We were able to use our speed and athleticism to our advantage,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Our defense was efficient and it caused some chaos out there for Rock Hill.”
Lancaster dashed any Bearcats' hopes of a comeback, using a 14-6 third-period run to forge a 55-32 lead before taking the 21-point win.
“We had an outstanding effort the entire game and we want to build on this and continue to play well down the stretch in order to reach our goal of a playoff berth,” Priester said.
Senior Shurdell Wright led a balanced LHS attack with 15 points, 11 in the first half. Garrett Thompson tallied 11, nine in the final two periods. Jonathan McGriff chipped in 10 points, eight in the final half, and Xavier Holloway hit nine.
Tracy Ingram hit seven and Gerard Brace scored six. Avery Harris had five. Michael Catoe and Ron Trapps supplied four each.
“We had a lot of people score and we need that type effort,” Priester said.
In the girls' game, Rock Hill took a 56-49 win over the Lady Bruins, who dipped to 6-14, 1-6.
“We didn't shoot well and we didn't have the overall effort we needed to win,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “It was a disappointing loss because I know we can play better.”
Quana Jones and Tamesha Fletcher scored 10 points each to lead the Lady Bruins.
Cherrell Cousar hit eight and Shannon Truesdale tallied six. LaQuisha Stewart and Dimaya Jones added four points each.
Eldrina McIlwain netted three. Tyesha Elder and Almesha Catoe had two points each.
Sabrina Brabham led the Lady Cats with 19 and LaQuesha Crockett hit 14.
The Bruins host Ridge View on Friday night at 6:45.
Vols win, split
Andrew Jackson prevailed in a seesaw game to take a 58-53 win over Columbia for a Conference IV-AA hoops split on Tuesday night.
In the boys' game, AJ held a 24-23 lead at the break, but the Capitols rallied to take a 38-36 edge with a period to play.
The Vols, 12-5, 5-2, finished strong, using a 22-15 final period run to nab the comeback win.
“We had some key people step up for us, like Drew Gardner and Tremaine Jackson,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “This win secured at least third-place for us in the region, but we a chance to better our standing and playoff seeding.”
Jackson hit 14 points to pace AJ. Ryan Miller netted 13. Drew Gardner generated nine points – all on treys. O'Marr Truesdale scored eight.
Robert Massey added six and Justin Sellers scored five. Daniel Wright added three points.
McArthur Thompson scored 17 for the Caps.
In the girls game, Columbia rolled to a 70-29 win over the Lady Vols.
The Lady Caps led 19-8 after one period and stretched their lead to 39-17 at the break on the way to the victory.
Jasmine Harris scored 23 points to lead Columbia. Norrish Victken added 13.
AJ was led by Rachael Dippel with 12 points. Jazzy Gripper netted nine. Ashley Aiello hit four. Halle Thompson and Rebecca Johnson each finished with two points.
AJ travels to Pageland to face Central on Friday.