Jackets rally to cap sweep of Knights

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By The Staff



Buford made the most of a non-region road trip to North Central, sweeping the Knights on Friday night, Nov. 30 in Boonetown.

The Lady Jackets, in their opener, took a 57-43 win and the BHS fashioned a 56-48 victory with a solid finish.

The Jackets capped the varsity sweep with a strong fourth-quarter effort.

Buford, 1-1, trailed 33-23 at the half and was down, 43-37 after three quarters, but used a pivotal 19-5 finish to notch the eight-point win.

“I was proud of the way we responded,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We needed this win. We were coming off a tough loss to Camden Military on Thursday night, but we displayed a lot of character and poise to get this road win.”

Dee Williams, who led BHS with 18, hit 10 in the second half, including five in the third period and five in the pivotal final quarter.

Mikeem McKinney, who had a strong second half with 13 points, netted eight in the final stanza.

“Our defense was the key,” Couch said. “We went to a man-to-man and I think it kinda caught them off guard and gave us a spark when we needed it.”

Buford led 14-12 after a period, but the host Knights used a 21-9 charge to gain a 33-23 halftime edge.

The Jackets sliced the gap to six, 43-37, and ignited on the 19-5 surge to seal the comeback win.

Kholby Pate hit 11, six in the first half. Corey Bracey and Nate Saxon had five points each.

Garrett Crenshaw and Orantez Coleman added two points each.

Brady Brister and Kawan Hough scored 12 points each to lead the Knights.

Jeremy Fowler had nine and Josh Jones added eight.

Omar Johnson tallied five and Lamont Frazier scored two for NCHS.

In the girls game, Buford used a fast start – 14-0 first-period charge – to take control on its way to the 57-43 win over the Lady Knights.

BHS, up 29-11 at the half, stretched its lead to 49-28 with a period to play.

Buford held as much as a 22-point lead before North Central rallied at the end.

“I was happy with the overall effort,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “Our defense and press created turnovers and led to some easy buckets. I thought we played well together and were unselfish with the basketball.”

Erica Blackmon led the Lady Jackets with 18, eight in the first period. Carley Bailey tallied 13, five in the opening period.

Tatyana Stewart scored eight. Gabby Davis and Adrianna Ray netted six each.

Mikayla Hannah had four and Megan Deese added two points.

The Buford junior varsity boys notched a 44-29 win as Dru Rollings scored 15 and Brandon Joplin tallied 14.


Jackets fall

Buford’s late rally fell short in a 48-44 road loss to Camden Military on Thursday night.

CHS held a 40-26 lead, but the determined Jackets used an 18-8 surge to close the gap to four at the end.

“It wasn’t a good shooting game for us,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We have to shoot better. The effort and hustle were there, but our shots didn’t fall.”

The Spartans held a 16-6 lead after a period of play and owned a 24-17 lead at the break.

CMA led 36-26 after three periods and Buford made it close at the end, but couldn’t gain the lead.

Dee Williams hit 17, nine in the first half, for BHS. Kholby Pate netted 16, 12 after the break. Orantez Coleman scored four. Nate Saxon, Corey Bracey and Evan Joplin each scored two points. Mikeem McKinney finished with one.

The Spartans were led by Omar Patterson’s 15 points. Jamal Arrindell added 11.


Warriors rally to gain split with Fort Mill

The Indian Land Warriors stayed unbeaten on the prep basketball season with a second straight win over a Class AAAA foe.

The Warriors, who downed York on Tuesday, rallied for a 56-42 win over Fort Mill at the Yellow Jackets’ gym on Friday night.

IL’s 14-point win gave the 4-0 Warriors a split after the Fort Mill girls notched a 48-23 victory in the varsity opener.

The Warriors, down 19-15 after a period of play, used a 17-8 second-quarter run to take a 32-27 halftime lead.

The Warriors steadily built their advantage to post the win.

Warriors’ freshman guard Darnell Rodgers, who led IL with 19 points, hit five treys, including a pair in the pivotal second period when the Warriors gained the upper hand. Chris Barnes, who had 12 points, added five points in the second quarter.

Hayden Sawyer scored 15. Lee McCall had six. Rokym Felder and Quantra Taylor each had two points for the Warriors.

“Fort Mill had a quick start,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “They rely on the threes and I thought we did a good job of forcing them inside. We’ve been working hard and it showed tonight.”

In the girls game, the Fort Mill girls bolted to a 20-2 first-period lead and owned a 28-6 spread at the break before taking the 25-point win.

“We’re a young team and our inexperience hurt us,” IL coach Natasha Farmer said. “We started making some shots in the second half and that was a plus for us.”

Ariana Grebious led Fort Mill with 12 and Rae Lynch scored 11. Madison Hendrix hit 10.

Kate Komorous led Indian Land with six and Shalyn Dougherty scored five points. Kendra Naismith and Jessica Reynolds each had four points. Asha McIlwain tallied two points.