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Jackets take out Panthers at home

By The Staff

Staff Reports
Buford swept a non-region twin bill from visiting McBee on Friday, Dec. 7.
The Jackets posted a 53-39 win after the Lady Jackets edged the Lady Panthers, 44-43.
In the boys game, Buford, 2-3, built an early lead and stayed in control for the 14-point win over the Panthers.
The Jackets opened up a 13-10 lead after one period and used a 17-11 spurt in the second quarter to forge a 30-21 halftime spread.
BHS built a 41-29 lead after three before taking the victory.
“We continue to play good team defense,” Buford High School coach Neil Couch said of the Jackets’ effort. “Overall, I’m happy with our defense.
“This was a team win and our team is gaining confidence with each game,” Couch said.
Dee Williams led the Jackets with 19 points, 13 coming in the opening half when Buford took control of the game. Corey Bracey netted 14 points, eight in the final two periods.
Nate Saxon scored seven and Mikeem McKinney hit six. Orantez Coleman scored four Garrett Crenshaw tallied three points.
Rashad Reed was the lone MHS player in double figures, with 13 points. Nyam Pate and Shawny Reed each tallied six points.
The Buford girls improved to 4-1 with a tough 44-43 win over the Lady Panthers, Class A’s sixth-ranked team which was coming off a road win over Class AAA foe Hartsville.
The Lady Jackets used a torrid surge to notch the comeback win.
Buford led 11-10 after a period of play, but the Lady Panthers ignited with a 20-8 second-period run, part of a 14-0 charge, to gain a 30-19 halftime lead.
The Lady Jackets came back in the second half to outscore the visitors 25-13, including a 12-3 final period charge to post the win.
“I was extremely proud of the way we fought back,” BHS girls coach T.J. Armbrust said. “We didn’t let down and we kept our focus. All of our girls stepped up and contributed to the effort.”
Buford, with tough team defense, allowed five second-half field goals and three fouls shots, with no field goals given up in the final period.
Buford, down 40-32 with a period to play, used an 11-3 spurt to tie the game at 43-all with 2:04 to play.
Gabby Davis, who scored 10 points, hit one of two free throws with 32 seconds left to put the Lady Jackets up, 44-43 and they held on for the emotional win.
“For a young team, we gained some great experience with this win and I feel it will help us down the road in region play,” Armbrust said. “Our region games will be much like this.”
BHS senior Carley Bailey led the Lady Jackets with 18 points, nine in each half. Davis netted 10 and Erica Blackmon hit seven, five in the first half. Mikayla Hannah had three points.
Adrianna Ray, Megan Deese and Ashley Roberts added two points each.
McBee was led by Che James with 14. Annalisa Phillips hit 11 and Alicia Harmon added 10.
Phillips and James each scored six points in the second period when McBee built its 30-19 halftime lead.
In the junior varsity game, Buford, 2-1 took a 53-37 win. Druw Rollings hit 18, including 14 free throws. Christian Joplin netted 16.

Indian Land splits
Indian Land divided a pair of non-region games with Class AAAA foe Fort Mill in the Warriors’ gym on Friday, Dec. 7.
The IL boys, 5-1, used a late run to notch a 62-60 win over the Yellow Jackets.
Lee McCall delivered for the Warriors, who trailed 27-24 at the break before rallying in the second half for the two-point comeback win.
A week ago in Fort Mill, IL took a 56-42 win, but this game was closer and decided at the wire.
McCall, who scored 10 points – seven in the second half, hit a free throw to tie the game at 60-all.
On the inbounds, the Warriors produced a clutch steal and McCall hit the game-winning shot with 13 seconds to play.
Indian Land held on for the season’s sweep of the Jackets.
“We struggled in the first half and Fort Mill dominated the boards,” Indian Land coach Nate Smith. “In the second half, our guard play came alive and we had the will to win.”
Hayden Sawyer paced the Warriors with 22 points, 14 in the second half, 10 in the third period when he nailed three treys.
Guard Darnell Rodgers tallied 13, all in the second half, and hit three treys.
Rokym Felder hit nine, seven in the first half.
Connor Butler had four points. Cameron Davis and Brandon Barnes each scored two points.
Harris Lancaster paced Fort Mill with 16 points. Devan Thacker and Rylan Wells had 12 points each. Wells hit nine of his 12 points in the first half.
In the girls game, Fort Mill rolled to a 74-18 win over the Lady Warriors, who fell to 0-4.
The Lady Jackets forged a 32-13 lead and stretched the margin to 50-16 on the way to the victory.
Arianna Grebious led Fort Mill with 22 and Rae Lynch hit 18.
Shalyn Dougherty led the Lady Warriors with six points.
Selena Stroble scored four as did Jessica Reynolds. Asha McIlwain hit two points.
Kate Komorous, Mi’Asia McCarter and Kendra Nesmith each had one point.
The Warriors are back in action Monday when they host Class AAA foe Chester. IL will visit Lewisville on Tuesday.