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Lady Jackets fall short in late rally

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By Chance Bowers

Buford’s girls opened the new year with their final non-league hoops tune-up and dropped a 51-43 home loss to Class A foe Lewisville on Thursday night.The difference was the second period when the Lady Lions used a 22-2 surge to take a 30-9 halftime edge. Lewisville held an 8-7 lead at the end of one period, but Lady Jackets’ ace Brittany McCarter, who scored a game-high 31 points, got in early foul trouble. McCarter sat out the second period and the Lewisville girls took advantage to post a 21-point lead at the break. The Buford girls, 2-11, rallied in the second half behind McCarter, who scored 24 second-half points.Buford sliced the Lewisville lead to 42-33 with a period to play and stayed close in the final quarter before the Lady Lions pulled out the eight-point win. McCarter led BHS with 31. Janay Blackmon netted six.Amanda Truesdale tallied four and Shanequal Blakeney added two points.Lewisville was led by Kenisha Foster who scored 17 points. The boys game was completed after The News’ Friday deadline. See Sunday’s paper for a complete report.Jackets win in tourneyThe Buford boys basketball team capped play in the Farm Bureau Classic at Chesterfield High School, taking a 50-45 win over Orangeburg Prep on Saturday.BHS senior JoJo Morris, who was named to the all-tournament team, keyed the Jackets with 16 points in the win.“JoJo really stepped up for us in the third period of that game,” Buford High boys coach Jeff Moyer said. “JoJo hit three treys and scored 13 points in the third period. He also had some key steals."The game was tied at 22-all at the half, but Buford ignited to outscore Orangeburg Prep 18-7 to take a 40-29 lead heading into the final period. Morris, in the tournament, scored 35 points in three games.The Jackets opened play in the three-day event with a 68-51 loss to Daniel of Clemson. In second-round play, Class AA Central of Pageland edged Buford 53-49. In the third-round game, Morris led BHS with 16. Michael Childers, Andrew Riner and Jabari Williams hit seven points each.Donald Kirkley scored six. Anthony Williams hit three points. Zack Hall and Logan McDowell tallied two points apiece for the Jackets.IL girls drop threeThe Indian Land High School girls basketball team played in the Hilltopper Holiday Classic at Rutherfordton, N.C., over the holiday break and dropped three losses.The Lady Warriors opened with a narrow loss to Gaston Day, and followed with losses to Shelby, N.C., and Rutherfordton, N.C.“The tournament was a good experience for us and we wanted to use it to get ready for our region play,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “I feel we learned a lot and the chance to play three straight games gave us a chance to work on some things.”Lady Warriors’ sophomore guard Mykela Hallums was named to the all-tournament team, scoring 31 points in IL’s first two games.“MyKela was consistent each day and brought a lot to each game,” Jacobus said.In the Lady Warriors’ final tournament game – a loss to Rutherfordton, N.C., Shelby McConnell scored 13 points.