Lady Bruins capture white division title in Clover hoops tournament

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By The Staff

The Lancaster High School Lady Bruins rebounded nicely to win the white division title in the Clover Optimist Classic on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Clover High School.

The Lady Bruins, who dropped a 58-42 loss to Class AAA’s third-ranked Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Tuesday, Nov. 26, bounced back with a pair of wins over Region III-AAAA foes, Fort Mill and Clover, on Wednesday.

Lancaster, capping play in the two-day tournament, won the white division with a 48-35 victory over the host CHS Lady Blue Eagles.

“I thought we made a lot of strides in our play from the first game with O-W to the final game with Clover,” said LHS girls coach Ronnie Robinson. “We came back with a good showing and this was a good test for the season.”

Lancaster senior guard Kyia Hough scored 16 points, including a 6-6 effort at the foul line. Senior Aliyah Davis hit nine and Phoebe Johnson tallied seven.

Lancaster trailed 12-10 after one period, but used a 14-6 second-period surge to gain a 24-18 halftime edge. Lancaster stretched its lead to 37-27 after three periods and rolled to the 13-point win.

Kaela Robinson netted five points, including 2-2 at the line. Hayden Thorne netted four and Amirah Steward scored three. Keyotta Garris and Kenyatta Robertson each had two points.

Lancaster opened play Wednesday in Clover, topping Fort Mill 46-36.

The Lady Bruins led 10-6 after one period and used a 15-7 second quarter run to take a 25-13 lead at the half.

LHS was up 30-22 after three quarters and stayed in control for the 10-point win.

Phoebe Johnson led the Lady Bruins with 20 points and Kyia Hough hit 11. Amirah Steward and Aliyah Davis tallied five points each. Keyotta Garris had three and Mia Flowers added two points.

“We did a better job on the boards and were more at ease out there,” Robinson said.

LHS boys place fifth at Lake Murray Tip-off

The Lancaster High boys capped play in the Lake Murray Tip-off Classic with a 2-2 record and fifth-place finish after taking a 48-38 win over final round host River Bluff High School.

LHS trailed 18-13 at the break, but rallied in the second half for the 10-point win.

Bruins’ senior guard Deuce Dunlap, who led LHS with 15, hit 13 points in the final period to spark the win. Dunlap’s 13 points in the final eight minutes, included three treys.

Kavonta Strain and Lewis Johnson each scored seven points. E.J. Patterson posted six. Captain Calvin Crawford netted five points.

Taron Heath and Keifon Cogdel tallied four points each.

On Wednesday night at Lexington High School, the Bruins dropped a 59-41 loss to Midland Valley High School.

E.J. Patterson paced the Bruins with 11 points. Deuce Dunlap and Keifon Cogdel netted seven each. Keon’e Mack and Kavonta Strain scored four each. Calvin Crawford, Cameron Meadows, Taron Heath and Lewis Johnson each had two points.

LHS opened the four-day tournament with a 61-49 win over Chapin before dropping a 67-50 loss to Lexington.

The Bruins open their 2013-14 hoops schedule Tuesday, Dec. 3. They host the Spring Valley High School Vikings.