Defense keys Buford girls

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Final period blanking vital in split with IL Warriors

By Eric Rowell




INDIAN LAND – The Buford Lady Jackets used a swarming defense to deliver a long-sought basketball win.

Buford held Indian Land scoreless in the final period to notch a 47-38 Region IV-AA win over the Lady Warriors on Tuesday night.

The Buford girls’ nine-point win gave the Jackets a split after the Warriors took a 64-58 victory in the nightcap.

The Lady Jackets, down 38-34 after three quarters, went on a pivotal 13-0 run to take the comeback win over the IL girls.

Erica Blackmon, who led BHS with 18 points – 12 in the second half, hit five in the pivotal final period.

Blackmon had a stellar game with six rebounds and seven steals.

Senior Brittany Faulkner, who had a team-high 11 rebounds, tallied four of her six points in the closing period.

“We put pressure on their guards and that forced them into some key mistakes,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “We kept pressure on them early, but got away from that and picked it up late in the game to decide the win.

“I thought we also did a good job of hitting our shots under the basket,” Armbrust said.

Indian Land led 9-8 after one period, but BHS, with a 15-9 surge in the second period, gained a 23-18 edge.

The IL girls got back on track in the third period to gain a 38-34 lead, but Buford went on its decisive 13-0 run in the final quarter to seal the win.

Carley Bailey hit nine, while Daphne Honeycutt, Hannah Knight and Faulkner had six points each.

Mikayla Hannah added two points for the Lady Jackets.

Knight produced a solid floor game with 10 steals, six rebounds and five assists.

Khadijah Sistare led Indian Land with 13 points, seven in the first half.

Toi Lathan netted 10. Jessica Floyd scored eight. Kendra Nesmith scored five and Selena Stobel added two for IL, 2-15, 0-5.

“We have to play four quarters, a complete game,” IL coach John Phillips said.

In the nightcap, the Warriors held on to keep pace in Region IV-AA play with a tough 64-58 win over the Jackets.

Indian Land took the early edge, holding a 14-12 lead after one period and held a 37-28 spread at the break.

IL’s Hayden Sawyer, who led IL with 22, hit 11 in each half for the winners.

Buford battled and made it 60-58 on a Corey Bracey bucket with 1:24 to play, but Rashid McGriff, who hit 17, connected on two clutch free throws and Sawyer, IL’s top scorer, added a late hoop to seal the Warriors’ win.

“Buford came to play as we expected and it was a battle for the wire, but we made some key plays to get the win,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We have to pick up the intensity with Cheraw coming here Friday.”

Cameron Davis hit seven for Indian Land. Lee McCall and Connor Butler each tallied four. Chris Barnes and Drew Richardson hit three apiece. Quran

McMillan and Marty Cauthen had two each.

Buford was paced by senior standout Marcus Brown who netted 21, 12 in the first half. Kholby Pate hit 17, 11 in the second half.  Evan Joplin hit nine and Corey Bracey netted seven. Silas Moore and Orantez Coleman added two points each.

Buford hosts county foe Andrew Jackson on Friday night, while Indian Land will be at home to face Cheraw.