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KERSHAW – In the rematch, the Lancaster boys repeated, but the Andrew Jackson girls gained revenge in a county basketball split in the Vols’ gym Friday night.
The Lancaster boys, 7-1, completed a season’s sweep of the Vols with a 91-51 win.
The girls’ game saw the determined Andrew Jackson girls notch an emotional 49-41 comeback win over the Lady Bruins.
The nightcap featured a fast start by the Bruins, who rolled to a 23-3 first period lead on the Vols.
The hot-shooting Bruins extended their edge to 39-19 at the break, but AJ had an answer to open the second half.
The Vols used an 8-0 run to open the second half to slice the gap to 12, 39-27, but the Bruins got a three-point play from Sindarius Thornwell and a Nate Bush trey, one of six on the night, to push the LHS lead back to 18, 45-27.
Quadarius Fair, who hit 10 of his 12 points in the final half, scored back-to-back hoops to chop the Bruins’ edge to 45-31, but from there the Bruins, who hit 16 threes on the night, used a 14-5 spurt to take a 62-36 lead with a period to play.
“Andrew Jackson battled us,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “We knew that would happen and that was a key in trying to build the early lead. We knew they would keep coming no matter what the score was.”
Thornwell led the Bruins with 31, 23 in the second half. He along with Bush, who scored 22, had six treys apiece.
Ron Trapps, who scored 17 points, hit 10 in the opening half.
“We just got beat by the better team,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “Lancaster had the hot hand and we had too many turnovers, especially in the first half.
“I thought we rallied and made a charge, but the margin was too much.”
C.D. Pelham, KeAnthony Foster, Lorenzo Scott and Qua Duncan each tallied four points. Brien Clyburn hit three and Madarius Bailey added two.
Fair led the Vols with 12. Senior Tremaine Jackson tallied 11. Tilson Kirkland and Wade Eubanks each added six. Robert Massey and Chris Harris had five each. Dustin Eddins netted four and Lamarcus Bracy added two points.
The girls game was much tighter and different from the first meeting when LHS took a 55-39 win at home.
The Lady Vols rallied in the second half to take the eight-point comeback win.
The Lady Vols trailed in the early going, but ignited to forge a 22-all deadlock in the break.
Dareisha Sowell, who paced the Lady Vols with 21 points, hit 10 in the first half to spark the AJ girls.
In the second half, the AJ girls charged behind a 14-7 third-period surge to gain a 36-29 lead.
“The game was tight, but we made that run at the end of the third quarter,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “I thought we made some good defensive plays and had some key stops in there. It was a battle, but our girls played tough. We’re improving and learning how to win these type games.”
Lancaster made a pair of runs, but each time the Lady Vols were equal to task.
LHS, with a 5-0 charge, sliced the gap to two, 36-34 on a Tarah Tipton bucket, but AJ answered with a key 9-0 spurt to take a 45-34 edge.
Sowell had three points in the key surge to boost AJ.
Lancaster, on Kyia Hough’s seven straight points, sliced the difference to 45-41, but Sowell and Rebecca Johnson each had two clutch free throws in the closing minute to seal the win.
“This was a good team win with everybody contributing,” Farmer said. “We won this game in practice with our preparation this week. I knew the emotional part of the game would be there, but you have to execute and we did.”
AJ aided its cause, netting 15 of 18 free throws.
Sowell led AJ with 21. Leah Kennington had seven and McKenzie Horton scored six. Johnson finished with five. Elizabeth Scott and Ashleigh Aiello added four each. Kristen Rutledge tallied two.
Hough paced the Lady Bruins, 2-3, with 16 points, nine in the second half. Chanda Nivens netted nine and Tipton tallied seven.
Aliya Davis scored three. Torri Cunningham, A’Keidra Frasier and Phoebe Johnson scored two each.
AJ visits McBee on Tuesday, while Lancaster is idle to Friday when the Bruins travel to Chester.
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