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The Indian Land High School boys gave it a game effort before dropping a tough 57-55 road loss to Class AAAA foe York on Tuesday night.
The Cougars bolted to a 20-8 first-period lead, but the Warriors kept battling and made it a game to the end.
"I was proud of our effort," Indian Land High second-year coach Nate Smith said. "We battled and didn't quit."
Indian Land, with a 15-10 second-period run, sliced the Cougars' lead to 30-23 at the break. The third period was tight, with York holding a 47-41 edge heading into the final eight minutes.
"We had them rattled, but they hit some big free throws and we made some costly turnovers," Smith said. "We don't like to lose, but a tough, intense game like this can only help us."
York, in the first meeting, took a 90-56 win over the Warriors.
Wade Ramsey led the Cougars with 18 and O.B. Love netted 16 points.
Andy Sawyer sparked the Warriors with 16 and Karl Watson netted 13 points.
Tai Young hit eight points. Jeffrey Williams and Travis Anderson added six points each. Ted Boston scored three and Marcus Williams added two points. Keyadd Miller supplied one point.
In the girls' game, York cruised to a 56-21 win. Mykela Hallum led IL with six points. Paige Brugh netted five points and Hannah Harris added four.
IL visits county rival Buford tonight. A week ago, the Warriors swept the Jackets, with the IL boys taking a 75-52 win over the Jackets.
The Lady Warriors topped the Lady Jackets, 50-34.
The girls game tonight at Buford opens at 6 p.m., with the boys' tilt at 7:30.
Jackets fall twice
Buford dropped both ends of a home twin bill against visiting North Central on Tuesday night.
The Lady Knights launched the NCHS sweep with a 37-31 victory and the Knights followed with a 69-53 win.
In the nightcap, BHS held a 39-33 lead at the break, but the Knights ignited in the second half to notch the 16-point comeback win.
North Central, which had four players in double digits, outscored the Jackets 36-14 in the second half to notch the victory.
Laquan Murphy led NCHS with 19, 11 in the first half. Greg Caldwell hit 17 and Ron Drakeford scored 15. Harrison Toney netted 10.
Caldwell hit 11 in the third period when the Knights, down 39-33, outscored Buford 20-8 to take a 53-47 lead into the final period. NCHS cruised in the final period to get the win.
Qua Reid led the Jackets with 16 points and Jabari Williams finished with 13.
JoJo Morris had nine points and Blake Larrimore chipped in eight. Donald Kirkley added three points.
Deon Wright and Michael Childers tallied two points each.
In the opener, North Central weathered a Lady Jackets’ final period rally to gain the six-point win.
NC led 17-9 at the break and held a 29-17 edge with a period to play.
BHS used a 14-8 final period run to make it close at the end.
Brittany McCarter led BHS with 19 points.
Shanequal Blakeney had four points. Janay Blackmon and Amanda Truesdale hit three points each. Lauren Pearson chipped in two points.
The Lady Knights were led by Kayla Dopart with 16 points, nine in the second half.
Buford is back home tonight when the Jackets face county rival Indian Land.