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KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers kept pace in the Region IV-AA basketball race with a solid win Friday night.
The Lady Vols, 10-6, 3-1, had a slow start, but steadily gained steam to post a 66-48 win over the Central Lady Eagles.
AJ’s 18-point victory gave the Vols a split as the boys dropped a 75-65 loss to the Eagles in the nightcap.
In the opener, Central took an early 12-11 lead in the first period, but the Lady Vols picked up the pace with a solid team effort to post the double-digit win.
“This was a good win over a good team,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “We had a lot of players contribute with four players scoring in double figures.”
McKenzie Horton triggered AJ in the second period when she scored eight of her 10 points.
AJ outscored the Lady Eagles in the second period, 18-8 to take a 29-20 lead at the half.
“We also had some fine play off the bench,” Farmer said.
Farmer notched Summer Vick, Kantara Sowell and Lauren Rowell provided key minutes off the AJ bench.
“Vick and Sowell sparked us with some key points,” Farmer said. “Rowell gave us a lift with her defensive play.”
Bre Wright paced four AJ girls in double figures with 15, eight in the first half. Horton hit 10 as did Dareisha Sowell and Elizabeth Scott.
Sowell and Scott each netted eight points in the second half.
Anslee McDow scored nine points as did Summer Vick, who netted seven in the second half.
Kantara Sowell added three points.
Central was led by Bianca Wallace’s 14 points. Malia Rivers and Dedro Nivens added 10 points apiece for CHS.
In the boys’ game, Central built an early lead and was able to protect it for the 10-point victory.
The Eagles held a 15-7 spread after the opening period and took a 33-23 lead at the break.
Central outpointed AJ 16-10 in the third period to take a 49-33 lead.
The Vols rallied to close the gap to nine with five minutes to play in the final period, but they couldn’t get any closer.
The Eagles made only one field goal in the final period, but they hit 22-28 free throws in the closing period to aid their win. For the night, CHS was 28 of 35.
Avalon Truesdale, AJ’s junior standout, paced the Vols with 29 points, 16 in the final period. Dustin Eddins, who netted two treys, supplied 13.
Deshawn Kirkland hit nine, while Quadarius Fair scored seven. Kolby Whitley had four and Chris White added three.
The Eagles used a balanced attack to gain the win.
Jalen Covington scored 19, 11 in the first half. He was 6-6 at the line in the final period. Devin Johnson scored 13, 11 in the second half.
Mitch Meadows hit 16, 10 in the second half, including 4-4 at the foul line. Quinton Wallace hit 14, nine in the first half.
“It was a disappointing lose,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “We fell into an early hole and never could quite get back in the game.”
AJ is home Tuesday night when the Vols face he Lee Central. The Vols venture to county rival Buford High School on Friday night.