Lady Jackets push hoops mark to 4-0

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The Buford Lady Jackets extended their unbeaten basketball mark to 4-0 with a road win over North Central in Friday night high school basketball play.
The Lady Jackets started strong and stayed in control for the 60-40 win, their second over the Lady Knights this season.
Carley Bailey had the hot hand for the BHS girls, scoring 28 points, 15 in the second half.
“Carley had the hot hand for us tonight and we kept getting the ball to her,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said.
Bailey drilled four treys in helping the Lady Jackets stay undefeated.
Buford led 14-5 after one period and extended its lead to 33-12 at the break.
North Central closed the gap to 43-30 with a quarter to play, but Buford finished strong, using a 17-10 final-period surge to seal the 20-point win.
Erica Blackmon had 12 points for the Lady Jackets and Hannah Knight scored 10.
“We played good defense and I thought that was the difference,” Armbrust said. “I thought we also played well as a team.”
Daphne Honeycutt netted six. Kelsi Moser and Adrianna Ray each scored two points.
North Central was led by Brianna Brown, who scored 16. Haley Thomas added 11 points.
In the nightcap, the Knights gained a split with a 57-51 win over the Jackets.
The host Knights jumped to a 21-8 lead after one period, but the Jackets rallied to make it 30-21 at the half.
North Central owned a 43-29 lead with a quarter to play. Buford rallied in the final quarter, but North Central protected the lead for the victory.
Jeremy Fowler led the Knights with 18.
Dee Williams netted 18 for Buford. Kholby Pate scored 17. Josh Roach tallied seven and Orantez Coleman chipped in five.
Corey Bracey had three and Donovan Lang added one.
Buford is on the road this week.
The Jackets travel to Chesterfield on Tuesday and visit Great Falls on Thursday.
Indian Land drops pair
Indian Land opened its 2011-12 hoops home schedule and dropped a pair to Nation Ford High School of Fort Mill at ILHS on Friday night.
A week ago the Falcons soared to a pair of wins over the Warriors. Friday night was the same as the Lady Warriors fell 69-31 and the IL boys dropped an 80-44 loss.
In the opener, Nation Ford shot to a 27-4 first-period lead on the way to the 38-point win.
The Lady Falcons held a 40-17 lead at the break and cruised to the victory.
“We’re a young basketball team and it’s tough facing a tough Class AAA school,” said IL coach James “Pop” Phillips. “We’re going to continue to work hard and get better.”
Kelsey Young led Indian Land with 12 points, including two treys. Jessica Floyd scored eight. Shalyn Dougherty, Chantel Duncan, Rachel Payne, Katie Jowers and Taylor Payne each had two points. Kendra Naismith netted one.
The boys’ game also ended in a Nation Ford win.
The Falcons held a 12-7 edge after a period of play and owned a 29-19 lead at the break.
NFHS led 51-33 with a quarter to play before posting the 46-point victory.
“We need to play with intensity for four quarters,” said IL coach Nate Smith. “We need to improve on our guard play. Our bench did help us tonight when some of our starters got in foul trouble.”
Hayden Sawyer scored 16 points to lead the Warriors. Rashid McGriff scored 10. Chris Barnes had five.
Tyler Watson and Cameron Davis added four each. Marty Cauthen and Brandon Sellers scored two points each. Connor Butler added one point.
Nation Ford was led by Kevin Stewart’s 17 points. Brandon Harris scored 11.
The Warriors host Chester on Tuesday and visit Fort Mill on Friday.