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INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School’s varsity basketball teams are still in search of their first wins, but Tuesday night saw the Warriors’ teams get close.
The Warriors, hosting Class AAA foe Chester High School, gave the Cyclones a battle in both games before falling.
The Lady Warriors dropped a 42-37 loss to the Lady Cyclones in the varsity opener and the IL boys fell to the CHS boys, 72-64 in the nightcap.
The opener saw the Lady Warriors battling to the finish before dropping the five-point verdict.
The IL girls trailed 16-8 after one period, but came on strong in the second quarter with a 10-5 run to slice the deficit to three, 21-18 at the half.
The Lady Cyclones built their margin to seven, 35-28, with a period to play and held on for the win.
“I thought we played better tonight,” Indian Land girls coach James “Pop” Phillips said. “We were more aggressive in our play and we kept the pressure on them.
“We have to protect the basketball and hit our free throws,” he said.
Kelsey Young and Khadijah Sistare each hit 11 points to lead the Lady Warriors. Jessica Floyd hit seven points.
Shalyn Dougherty tallied four. Kendra Naismith and Toi Lathan each scored two points.
Shannon Snelgrove scored 12 to lead Chester. Diamond Simpson added 11 for the Lady Cycs.
In the nightcap, Chester used a solid finish to post the victory.
The Cyclones, down 46-44 going into the final period, used a pivotal 28-18 surge to notch the win.
The Warriors led 18-15, but Chester rallied to tie the game at 33-all at intermission.
Indian Land seesawed back on top for a 46-44 lead, but the Cycs rallied to take the win.
The Warriors were paced by Hayden Sawyer who scored 40 points, 21 in the second half.
Sawyer netted 14 in the final period.
Chris Barnes hit 11 and Rashid McGriff scored six. Cameron Davis, Connor Butler and Drew Richardson added two points each.
Tyler Watson added one for IL.
“We just failed to execute in the final period,” Indian Land coach Nate Smith said.
“We have to cut down on our mental mistakes.
“Our foul trouble at the end also hurt our chances,” Smith said. “We have to do a better job of playing under control.”
Chester High was led by Shyheim Wilson, who scored 13. Shaq Hinton netted 12 points.
Indian Land hits the road tonight, taking a short bus ride to Fort Mill.
Chester is back in action as the Cyclones make a return trip to Lancaster County to face the Lancaster Bruins.
The girls game at LHS tips off at 6:45 p.m., with the boys set to play at 8.