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Lady Bruins stun Stallions

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By Ernie Rowell

The Lancaster Lady Bruins made their final regular-season showing in the LHS gym for the 2007-08 campaign one to remember.

The Lady Bruins, playing tough from opening tip to final horn, notched a 51-45 Region III-AAAA basketball win over South Pointe of Rock Hill on Tuesday night.

SPHS was ranked No. 7 in the latest statewide girls’ basketball poll.

The Lancaster girls' victory gave LHS a split after South Pointe prevailed in the nightcap, 70-58.

The Lady Bruins' win, which handed South Pointe its first region loss this season, came on LHS Senior Night.

"This is a huge win, a team win," said LHS coach Ronnie Robinson. "We beat a real good team tonight and played hard for four quarters."

Lancaster, up 10-6 after one period, owned a 22-16 lead at the half.

South Pointe, 22-2, 12-1, rallied to take a six-point lead in the third period, but the determined Lady Bruins finished the period strong to forge a 37-34 lead.

"When we fell behind in the third quarter, I thought we held our composure and ran our offense," Robinson said. "We didn't panic and kept our focus."

In the final period, the game was tight, but the Lady Bruins, 13-6, 8-5, hit 5 of 8 free throws in the final 42 seconds to seal the victory.

"We did a good job at the line when it counted," Robinson said.

LHS senior Miteka Trueheart scored 10 points, hitting five of nine free throws in the final quarter. She had seven steals and five rebounds.

Quana Jones triggered the Lady Bruins in the fourth period, scoring all six of her points.

Tamesha Fletcher led the Lady Bruins' balanced attack with 14 points, including four treys, to go with five steals.

Trueheart followed with 10 points. Tenisha Howze, who grabbed 10 rebounds, had nine points. Dimaya Jones, Quana Jones and Tesha Tipton each tallied six points.

South Pointe was led by Chelsea Douglas’ 12 points. Tiana Hemphill had 10 points.

In the boys’ game, Lancaster had a solid start, but South Pointe countered with a strong second period to take a 38-29 lead.

Tre Erby hit 11 of his game-high 25 points in the period to boost South Pointe, which outscored LHS 29-13 in the second quarter, to gain a 38-29 lead at the half.

"We did a good job of taking the early lead, but South Pointe came back with a big second period," LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. "We had too many unforced turnovers. Our transition defense wasn't the best and South Pointe took advantage."

The Stallions held a 58-46 lead after three quarters before taking the 12-point win.

Shurdell Wright led LHS, 7-14, 2-11, with 16 points, 10 in the first half. Casey Catoe and Ron Trapps tallied nine points each. Michael Catoe chipped in eight points.

Wendell McIlwain scored seven and Mitchell Belk added six.

Senior Robert Fletcher finished with two points. Avery Harris added one.

Erby's 25 points paced the Stallions. Stephon Gilmore netted 11 and Corey Kessler had 10 points.

LHS caps regular-season play on Friday when the Bruins visit Nation Ford of Fort Mill.

The girls tip off play at 6:30 p.m., with the boys' game at 8.