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Lady Vols rebound, win

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Dylan Knight

 

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KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols rebounded from their first regular-season loss with a solid win over Lee Central’s girls for a split of the non-region twin bill on Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the AJ gym.

The AJ girls, who defeated Lee Central, 63-60 on Dec. 10 in Bishopville, notched their second win over the Lady Stallions, 64-42 to open play.

The Lady Vols were coming off a 45-32 road loss to rival Lancaster on Dec. 13.

In the varsity opener, a key part of the game came in the second period, when AJ girls coach Dennis Farmer inserted a new cast to give the Lady Vols a needed boost in taking the win.

Farmer noted the play of Lauren Rowell, Brantley Ussery, Mary Kelsie Broughton, Marketta McIlwain and Hailley Burton off the AJ bench,

“They came in and played well on defense to give us a needed lift,” Farmer said. “Those girls gave us a spark at a key point.”

AJ, which led 14-13 after one period, pushed its edge to 23-18 at the break.

In the pivotal third period, the Lady Vols used a 22-9 spurt to gain a 45-27 lead on the Stallions.

AJ sophomore Elizabeth Scott, who netted 14 points, scored eight in the third period.

In the final period, the Lady Vols continued their surge to roll to the 22-point victory.

Senior Dareisha Sowell paced AJ with 15 of her game-high 23 points coming in the final period.

Summer Vick, who netted nine points in the second half, was also in double digits, hitting 17.

Burton scored four. McKenzie Horton, Broughton and  McIlwain each tallied two points.

AJ aided its effort, hitting 16 of 23 foul shots.

Morgan Wilson led Lee Central with 14 and Alexis McMillan hit 12 points.

Asia Wright, who scored 37 in the Lady Stallions’ first meeting with AJ last week, was held to eight points.

In the nightcap, the Stallions rallied from an early deficit to post the 69-60 win.

AJ built a 16-15 lead after the opening eight minutes, but the Stallions dashed behind a 23-12 surge to take a 38-28 lead at the break.

Lee Central forged a 53-40 lead after three periods before taking the nine-point win.

“We missed too many easy baskets and allowed Lee Central to control the boards,” AJ coach Danny Wright said.

Wright noted the Vols missed 20 layups for the game, including nine in the second period when Lee Central gained the lead.

Dustin Eddins, the AJ senior guard, led the Vols with 18 points.

Tray King, continuing his solid play of late, scored 15 points. Corley Walters netted 10. points.

Cameron McIsaac hit nine and Austin McIsaac tallied four. Tanner McIsaac and Gervais Canty each tallied two points.

Lee Central was led by Deshawn Evans’ 11 points. Montrell Smith and Maqwan Solomon each had 10 points.

“Overall, I was pleased with our guys,” Wright said. “They fought for four quarters and left it on the floor tonight. I feel we’re getting better, but we have to keep working and those shots we’re missing will begin to fall for us.”

AJ caps pre-Christmas holiday play with a visit to Boonetown to face North Central tonight. The Vols host their annual holiday tournament Dec. 27-28 when play begins at 3 p.m. each day.