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Clover rolls in boys play; LHS girls win

By Robert Howey

 

   

Lancaster, on a regular-season Region III-AAAA road trip to Clover, was looking for a little help for a possible league title, but came up empty-handed.

The Bruins ran into a buzz saw in the nightcap as the Blue Eagles, in a solid effort, soared to a 64-47 win over LHS.

The CHS boys’ win gave the home team a split as the Lady Bruins posted a 53-45 win over the Clover girls.

The nightcap was a nightmare for the Bruins, who fell to 17-7, 6-4.

“We came out flat and didn’t match Clover’s intensity,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “It was a disappointing night to say the least.”

Gaffney, which dropped a pair of region losses to Lancaster, downed Spartanburg, 82-64 to wrap up the region title. Lancaster is the region runner-up.

The Bruins couldn’t produce consistent play in a sluggish start which saw the game tied at 8-all after one period.

The Blue Eagles, who drilled 10 treys, began to find the range in the second period to build a 29-19 edge.

CHS, 16-7, 6-4, used a 14-7 third period run, capped by Aaron Miller’s buzzer-beating three, to take a 43-26 lead.

Clover, which earned the third playoff berth in the region, built as much as a 21-point lead – 52-31 – in the final quarter before taking the win.

“I thought we did a good job on the boards and shot the ball well,” Clover coach Dudley Lybrand said. “This was a good win and we hope it gives us momentum for the playoffs.”

Cody Bauer paced Clover with 21, including five treys. Xavier Wiley hit 13 and Darius Harris had eight.

Lancaster was led by senior Ron Trapps and junior Nate Bush who hit 16 points each. Bush hit four treys. Trapps’ first seven points put him at the 1,000 career mark at LHS.

Top scorer Sindarius Thornwell scored six, five in the final period. Alan Robinson finished with five. Shaq Williams and C.D. Pelham each hit one. Qua Duncan tallied two points.

“We can play better and we have to play better,” Priester said.

In the varsity opener, the Lady Bruins posted an impressive win, taking a 53-45 victory over the Lady Blue Eagles.

LHS, 7-13, 3-7, posted two region wins to cap the season.

“We have a young team and we showed signs of progress late in the season,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We ended on a good note and played well in our last two games. We’re looking to build on this.”

Freshman guard Kyia Hough led LHS with 21 points, 14 in the second half – 10 in the third period. She added seven assists and six steals. ShaRon Brunson netted 11 points. Chanda Nivens scored  six points.

A’Kiedra Frasier and Tarah Tipton, who hauled down five boards, each scored four points. Aliyah Davis scored three.

Torri Cunningham and Shanyse Frasier each scored two points. Frasier added five rebounds.

Clover, 9-12, 5-5, led 18-15 after one period, but the Lady Bruins closed the gap to trail 26-24 at the half.

Lancaster took control with a 14-6 third-quarter spree to take a 38-32 lead on the way to the eight-point win.

“We were consistent in our play and didn’t have a bad period,” Robinson said. “We were patient and moved the ball well. Our last two games showed we made strides and have the potential to do well, if we just keep working and improving.”

Aaliyah Knox hit 12 for the Clover High girls. Telliya Patton had 11 points as did Logan Ballard.