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Buford sweeps NC; Warriors earn split

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Staff Reports

The Buford Yellow Jackets posted the repeat feat on the hardwood on Friday night.

A week after sweeping North Central in Boonetown, the Jackets notched a pair of varsity basketball wins over the visiting Knights in the BHS gym.

The Lady Jackets rallied late to take a 50-41 comeback win over the NC girls in the opener, and the BHS boys capped the sweep with a 78-55 win.

The Lady Jackets, 2-2, trailed the Lady Knights for three periods, but used a late surge to take the nine-point win.

Buford, down 33-32 after three periods, rolled behind a pivotal 18-9 charge to capture the win.

“We kept the pressure on them all night and were able to wear them down in the final period,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said. “I thought we did a good job of forcing turnovers with our defense which led to scores on the offensive end. The defense delivered the win.”

Hannah Knight, who led a balanced BHS attack with 12 points, hit eight in the final period to pace the Lady Jackets. Daphne Honeycutt, who had eight, netted six in the final period. Kendall Boone was also in double figures with 11.

Catie Rowell scored seven and Erica Blackmon finished with six. Tiera Stewart scored four and Brittany Faulkner added two points.

North Central was led by Alexis Robinson and Brianna Brown with eight points apiece.

North Central, which led 16-15 after one period, held a 25-22 edge at the break and led 33-32 after three periods before the comeback-minded Lady Jackets rallied for the victory.

The nightcap saw the Buford boys take control early to complete the Jackets’ broom job.

The fast-starting Jackets forged a 22-9 spread after one period and extended their lead to 43-25 at the break.

“We were able to get our transition game going from the start and took control of the game,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We left it on the court tonight. We played well and that’s the kind of effort we’re going to have to have in each game we play.”

Logan Segee led the Jackets with 24, 16 in the first half. Desmond McGriff hit 11, eight in the final half, and Marcus Brown chipped in 10 points. Jonathan Soliman scored eight.

Jacob Jamison and Brett Estridge chipped in seven points each. Dee Williams hit four and Qua Truesdale scored three. Mikeem McKinney and Tony Blackmon each hit two points.

The Knights were led by Tevin Alexander and Christian Henderson who tallied 13 each. Thomas Flowers supplied 12 points.

In the junior varsity game, the BHS Junior Jackets stayed unbeaten with a 41-39 win.

Kholby Pate paced the Buford attack with 14 points and eight rebounds. Thomas Hayden-Blackmon netted 13 points. C.J. Blackmon contributed six points and six boards. Nate Saxon supplied four points and four rebounds. Chance Watts finished with four points.

The Buford varsity is back in action Monday when the Jackets visit Weddington. The Jackets host Great Falls on Friday night.

 

Indian Land prevailed in the nightcap to gain a split with Nation Ford of Fort Mill in the Warriors’ gym on Friday night.

The Warriors took a 55-52 win after the Lady Falcons edged the Lady Warriors 57-51.

The boys’ game saw IL take an early lead and stay in control for the three-point win.

The Warriors, up 30-20 at the break, owned a 47-38 advantage with a period to play before the Falcons rallied, but IL held the upper hand to take the win.

“This was a total team win,” IL boys coach Nate Smith said. “We were able to get the lead tonight and finish the game.”

Terrell Rodgers paced the Warriors’ attack with 21, 11 in the second half. Jarrell Robinson scored 14, 12 in the second half.

Marty Cauthen supplied eight. Hayden Sawyer and Darnell Rodgers each chipped in six points.

Terrell Rodgers’ effort included three treys, while Robinson scored five of IL’s eight fourth-quarter points.

T.J. Jones led Nation Ford with 14 and Kevin Stewart scored 12.

In the opener, the Lady Falcons avenged a two-point loss to the Lady Warriors.

Nation Ford built an early edge, holding a 30-23 lead at the break.

The Lady Falcons, with a 19-11 third-period surge, opened a 49-34 lead, but the Lady Warriors rallied in the final period only to fall short.

Senior guard Mariah Williams, in her first game back with the Lady Warriors after having a knee injury, led the IL girls with 17, 13 in the second half – 11 in the final period.

“It was good to have Mariah back with us off her leg injury,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “She played well.”

Kelsey Young hit 15, 10 in the first half.

Jessica Floyd scored 10. Khadejah Sistare scored six. Brittany Montgomery had two and Hannah Harris added one point.

Katie Bright led Nation Ford with 15. Kai McCorvey supplied 10 points for the NFHS girls.

Indian Land travels to Rock Hill on Tuesday and hits the road to face Fort Mill on Friday night.