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Lady Vols rip Knights

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Defense, rebounding key AJ win

By Dylan Knight

The Andrew Jackson girls continue to roll as they launched the 2011 portion of their schedule with a solid 47-18 win over North Central in a varsity split at the NCHS gym in Boonetown on Tuesday night.

The Vols couldn’t complete the sweep as they squandered a 15-point halftime lead in a 42-40 loss to the Knights in the nightcap.

The AJ girls, 7-1 and fresh off capturing the title in the Comporium Christmas Classic over the holiday break, held an 11-6 edge after one period and then outscored the Lady Knights 23-4 over the middle two periods for a 34-10 lead with a quarter to play.

“I thought we played extremely well on defense and did a good job on the boards,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “We were a little sluggish on offense, but with more practice we will regain our rhythm. With the holidays, sometimes you get a little rusty there.”

The Lady Vols held a 21-8 halftime edge.

Dareisha Sowell led AJ with 16 points, eight in each half. Elizabeth Scott scored eight. Bree Wright and McKenzie Horton each netted seven points. Leah Kennington hit three.

Brandy Truesdale and Ashleigh Aiello tallied two points each. Ashley Williams and Rebecca Johnson added one point each.

North Central, which fell to AJ for the third time this season, was led by Salelia Rollins and Elexis Ross who had five points each.

In the boys game, North Central, down 32-17 at the break, rallied in the second half for the two-point win.

Christian Henderson, who hit 10 points, hit a buzzer-beating layup after a Knights’ steal to seal the narrow win.

Tevin Alexander, who led NC with 19, hit two free throws with 1:24 to play to give the Knights their first lead at 40-38.

Robert Massey’s layup with 1:05 left stalemated the game at 40-all for the Vols, but the Knights came up with the final bucket to net the comeback win.

“We played poorly,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said.

The Vols, up 36-25 after three quarters, had 21 turnovers in the second half and hit 2 of 12 foul shots in the second half. AJ was 6-21 at the stripe for the game.

Dustin Eddins led AJ with 13 points. Quadarius Fair followed with nine and Tremaine Jackson had seven points. Massey scored four and Chris Harris hit three.

Wade Eubanks and Bobby Delly added two each for the Vols, who fell to 3-8.

The Junior Vols improved to 4-0 with a 50-28 win over the NC jayvees.

 AJ hosts county foe Buford tonight at 6 p.m. for the girls game. The Vols open region play Tuesday when they host county foe Indian Land.