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Lady Bruins rebound, win

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LHS girls booters rip Lewisville

By The Staff

The Lancaster High Lady Bruins rebounded from their first loss, displaying an aggressive, attacking shape to score consistently in an 8-0 road win over Lewisville on Wednesday.

Larkin Blackwell, Lindsy Cooper, Sedona Smith, Sidney Teague, Morgan Farrar and Morgan Gardner  scored. Katie Duke and Tara Tipton shared the shutout in goal.

The 9-1 LHS Lady Bruins bounced back from their performance against RV with a strong desire to get back into winning soccer and displayed some of the offensive fire they possessed in some of their earlier matches this season.

The Lady Bruins host Blythewood on Monday. The jayvees play at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity match is at 7.

The Lady Bruins did not play well from the start and dropped an 8-0 loss to Ridge View on Tuesday. The Lady Blazers bolted to a 3-0 halftime lead. RV passed sharply and quickly around the LHS defense.

RV demonstrated superior physical power early to frustrate the Lady Bruins into uncharacteristic mistakes, LHS coach Bo Sylvia said.

“This match provided a silver lining because it has made us keenly aware we must bring our best each region match, or else teams will jump out quickly and settle the momentum,” Sylvia said. “We look forward to our next region match and the opportunity to improve upon our previous performance.

“Our girls, like our boys team, face similar battles with all of the Columbia schools ranked in the state’s top 20. This upcoming week will give us a pretty good idea on where we stand and how much we need to improve in region play.”

Sylvia’s squad faces Blythewood, Spring Valley and South Pointe.

Bruin booters drop two

In a Wednesday match with Lewisville, the Bruins jumped out quickly and scored the first goal at the eight-minute mark.

After a defensive mistake from a direct kick, Lewisville tied the score. Lewisville scored again within 10 minutes on a defensive letdown.

With 9 minutes left in the half, the Bruins tied the match.

Matt White scored the first goal and Drew Christensen tallied the second.

The match stayed tied as the wet weather made play difficult. Neither team scored in the second half and the overtime periods. The match went to penalty kicks and Lewisville edged the Bruins for the 3-2 win.

On Tuesday, the Bruins played well for a half with the score 2-0, but they had opportunities to create chances. The team played well in the defensive and middle thirds, but could not finish. The team faced an opponent for the first time that played exclusively direct.

Long balls from the back lines to the front lines had very little use of the midfield players. The tactic created early problems and when LHS figured how to counter, RV had control of the match.

“No doubt this region is one of the toughest in the state for Class AAAA schools. Blythewood, Ridge View, Spring Valley and Rock Hill are all ranked in the top 20 on the boys side.  It is a great experience for our boys to face this type competition. With continued improvement and tactical growth, our team will be competitive each time they face these opponents,” Sylvia said.

Rain plagues Lady Vols

County softball foes Andrew Jackson and Indian Land battled  Wednesday at the IL field with nothing decided.

AJ defeated IL 9-1 in a preseason tournament in Florence on Feb. 28 when Kori Ballard was the winner on six strikeouts, a walk and an earned run.

In the rematch Wednesday, IL led the whole game until AJ rallied for four runs to tie the game in the seventh at 6-all. Rain came and washed out action.

AJ starter Samantha Pardue pitched three innings, allowing five hits, no walks, no strikeouts and three earned runs. Ballard relieved in the fourth and allowed four hits, three walks and fanned four. She allowed an earned run.

Caryn Truesdale had two singles 2 RBIs and scored. Tristan Faile had a double, walked, a RBI and scored twice. Summer Truesdale had two hits. Chelsea Holden had a single and a walk. Abby Faulkenberry had a hit and a RBI. Casey Hammond had a single and scored twice. Lauren Kirk had a hit. Ballard had a RBI and Natalie Dove scored.

IL was led by Paige Brugh who had a single, home run and two RBIs. Beth Martin had a hit and scored twice. Alex Greenawalt singled and scored a run, while Kristin Campbell singled and drove in a run. Kimberly Bennett added a hit for IL.

The game will be completed April 6.

On Tuesday, AJ swept a conference twin bill from Columbia.

In the opener, eighth-grade ace Kori Ballard was the winner, tossing a no-hitter. She fanned 8 of 9 batters and allowed a walk. Ballard had two hits and four RBIs to aid the AJ attack.

Lauren Kirk was 3-3 and scored three runs. Casey Hammond walked and scored twice. Tristan Faile had a hit, scored twice and drove in three runs.

Chelsea Holden was 2-3 and two RBIs. Natalie Dove earned a walk and scored a run. Maygen Ray was 2-3 and scored twice. Summer Truesdale went 2-3 with three RBIs and scored twice. Kayla Starnes and Dayne Ware each scored a run.

In game two, AJ freshman Samantha Pardue tossed the second no-hitter, fanning seven.

AJ prevailed in three innings as Dayne Ware was 2-2, with a single, an inside-the-park homer, a walk and scored twice.

Tristan Faile had a single, triple with four RBIs and scored two runs. Kori Ballard was 2-2, drew a walk, had three RBIs and scored twice. Chelsea Holden was 2-2, walked and scored twice. Caryn Truesdale went 2-2 and scored a run. Kayla Starnes was 1-2 with a walk and a run.

Abby Faulkenberry had two singles and scored twice. Casey Hammond had a single and scored a run. Pardue had a RBI and a run. Summer Truesdale  walked and tallied a run. Maygen Ray scored a run.

AJ faces Central at 6:30 on Monday after the game was rained out Friday.

The Lady Vols host Lee Central in a twin bill Tuesday. AJ hosts county rival Lancaster on Wednesday at 6 p.m.