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Lady Rams roll to cap unbeaten campaign

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Rucker sweeps rival South

By Robert Howey

The A.R. Rucker Middle School basketball teams capped banner seasons with a sweet sweep Thursday night in the Lancaster High School gym.

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Rucker, in convincing fashion, rolled over Lancaster area middle school rival South Middle School teams to complete a season’s sweep of the Mustangs on the hardwood.

The Lady Rams completed a second straight unbeaten season – 14-0 – with a convincing victory over the rival South Middle School girls with a 58-11 win.

The Rucker Lady Rams went 13-0 last season.

The Lady Rams, who defeated South 48-4 in their first meeting, rolled to a 28-2 halftime lead and cruised to the 47-point win.

Keyotta Garris, who led Rucker with 13 points, scored nine points in the first half to pace the Lady Rams.

“We were prepared and came out ready to play,” Rucker girls coach Ashley Price said. “This is a special group and they want to learn and get better.

“You could see that tonight that the areas we’ve worked on, like posting up and boxing out, were key factors in the win.”

Rucker led 42-4 after three periods and coasted to the win.

Jakemiah Mackey hit 12 points, eight in the second half, to aid the balanced Rucker attack. Qa’Brisha Sanders hit 10 points.

Tomeshion Jackson netted seven. Amirah Steward and Hayden Thorne each scored six points.

Laura Crapps and Alexis Williams each hit two points.

South was led by Deja Patterson, who hit four points. Ebony McCain had three and Zayla Stewart added two.

Rams win, finish 13-1

The Rucker boys, who finished 13-1, completed the sweep with a 44-25 win over the South boys in the nightcap.

Rucker bolted to a 15-6 lead after one period and rolled to the 19-point win.

Raheame White hit 12 points, including three treys, to pace the Rams to their second win over SMS this season. Rucker topped the Mustangs, 35-33 in overtime in their first meeting back in early December at the Lancaster High School gym.

“We came out ready to play and played an up-tempo which is what we wanted to play,” Rucker coach Lamont Elder said. “We knew it would be a battle, so we knew it was important to get our game going in the early stages.”

Elder saluted C’Darious Tinsley for his defense and White for leading the Rams’ transition game.

Nehemiah McGrff scored nine for the Rams. Tinsley and Taron Heath each scored seven points. Ty Foster scored six and Cindarious Catoe had three points.

Lewis Johnson led South, which finished 9-5, with seven points. Tyshen

Hammond netted six and Quasheon McCarter had four. Holden Payne netted three. Jalen Canty and C.J. Brown each had two points each for the Mustangs. Dontae Jones added one.

Elder praised the Rams’ effort.

 “It’s been a great season and tonight was a great way to get it completed,” he said. “We knew it would be tough in a rival game, but we played well.”