Jackets jolt Braves, 72-65

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County Hoops Roundup

By The Staff



Buford first-year head coach Neil Couch has been stressing a complete game from the Jackets and they delivered in a major way Friday night.

Buford, 10-11, evened its Conference IV-AA basketball mark at 4-4 with a 72-65 win over Cheraw.

The Jackets’ seven-point win gave BHS a region split after the Lady Braves took a 53-26 victory.

Buford, in the nightcap, opened a 15-8 lead in the first quarter and steadily built its margin on the way to the solid league win.

“This is a big win for our program,” Couch said. “This was our best game of the season because we put together four quarters of basketball.

“Our players believe in what we’re doing,” he said. “Hopefully, we can continue to peak at the right time. I was proud of our effort.”

Logan Segee, continuing his stellar play in his senior campaign, scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Segee netted 16 in the second half after BHS built a 32-22 halftime spread.

The Jackets, with a 20-15 third quarter, notched a 52-37 lead after three quarters.

Cheraw, netting six treys in the final period, rallied, but the Jackets held on and won.

Junior Marcus Brown hit 23, 16 in the second half, and added 14 rebounds for Buford.

Jonathan Soliman and Desmond McGriff scored five each. Jacob Jamison, Brett Estridge and Mikeem McKinney tallied four points each. Qua Truesdale scored two points.

Malik Sellers led the Braves with 22 and Aaron Robinson hit 16. Demetrius Miller followed with 13 points.

In the girls’ game, a cold spell to cap the third period foiled Buford’s hopes in its 17-point loss.

The Lady Jackets trailed 18-11 at the break and rallied to close the gap to 22-16 in the third period, but CHS used a key 10-0 run to build a 32-16 lead after three quarters.

“We played hard overall and got after it tonight, but we couldn’t get our shots to fall in some key situations,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “We were right there with them in the third period, but they went on a run to stretch the lead and we went cold.”

Jameka Buchanan and Crystal Owens each it 14 points to lead the Lady Braves.

Carley Bailey led Buford with 10 and Kendall Boone scored nine. Erica Blackmon added seven points.

Buford hosts Lee Central on Jackets’ Senior Night on Tuesday and travels to Indian Land to face the Warriors on Thursday night.

Vols sweep Eagles

Andrew Jackson swept on the home hardwood Friday night as the Vols took two from the Central Eagles.

The Lady Vols launched the sweep with a 62-44 win and the Vols added the finishing touches with a 51-43 comeback victory.

The Vols, down 28-26 at the half, took control in the second half to post the eight-point win.

AJ, with a 5-0 run to open the third period, used the spree to outscore Central 16-6 to take control.

“We made some adjustments at the half and slowed the tempo,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “We were able to gain the lead and did a good job on defense to hold down Central’s scoring.”

Central, trailing 42-34 after three, used an 8-4 rally to slice the AJ lead to 46-42 with 2:26 left, but the Vols answered with a clutch 5-1 run to seal the verdict.

AJ senior Tremaine Jackson led the Vols with 20, connecting on five treys. Jackson tallied 14 in the first half.

Dustin Eddins netted nine, while Bobby Delly and Wade Eubanks each scored eight. Quincy Grier hit three and Robert Massey added two. Chris White netted one.

The Eagles were led by Quentin Wallace’s 13 points. Jiwan Funderburk hit 11.

In the girls’ game, AJ bolted to a commanding 24-9 lead after one period and cruised to the 62-44 win.

“We moved the ball around well and hit our shots,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “This is our second straight game with three players in double figures, so we’re gaining some balance.

“I thought we also did a good job on the defensive end,” Farmer added.

Dareisha Sowell, who led AJ with 22, scored 17 in the opening period when the Lady Vols took control for a 33-18 halftime edge.

Bre Wright scored 19, hitting 10 in the second half. Elizabeth Scott netted 10.

Leah Kennington tallied five and Rebecca Johnson hit four. Oxi Shropshire scored two.

Malia Rivers led Central with 29. Cherrie Thompson finished with 12.

AJ visits Cheraw on Tuesday and hosts Lee Central on Friday night.

Warriors drop pair

Indian Land dropped both ends of a Region IV-AA doubleheader at Lee Central High School in Bishopville on Friday night.

The No. 7 Lee Central boys rallied in the final period to take a 57-53 comeback win over the Warriors, who dropped their first region loss this season.

In the opener, the Lee Central girls rolled to a 51-24 win over the Lady Warriors.

The nightcap was a nail-biter, with the host Stallions rallying for the four-point win.

IL, 11-7, 6-1, had a shot to tie the game with eight seconds to play, but couldn’t convert and LC added two late points to seal the win.

“It was a great game and a great atmosphere,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We didn’t execute at the end.”

Terrell Rodgers led the Warriors with 37, 20 in the second half. Hayden Sawyer scored nine and Jarrell Robinson tallied six. Rashid McGriff finished with one.

Shaquille Moses paced Lee Central with 14 and Dashawn Wilson scored 11. Alonzo Holmes netted nine.

IL, up 28-24 at the half, led 40-38 after three, but the Stallions used a 19-13 run to notch the four-point victory.

In the opener, Lee Central started strong on the way to its 27-point win over the Lady Warriors.

The Lady Stallions forged an 18-5 lead after one period and used a 9-4 second-period spurt to take a 27-9 halftime edge.

Lee Central owned a 38-16 lead with a period to play.

Quetta Brown led the Lady Stallions with 20 and Ariel Boyle hit 16. Genevieve Hammett had seven.

Indian Land hosted Cheraw on Saturday night. The Warriors visit Central of Pageland on Tuesday and host Buford on Thursday night.