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KERSHAW – The fifth-ranked Andrew Jackson High School girls were impressive in opening play in the annual Comporium Christmas Classic at AJ on Friday, Dec. 27.
The Lady Vols built an early lead and rolled to a 93-25 win over the North Central Lady Knights.
AJ led 18-9 after one period of play and used a 21-2 second-quarter surge to gain an insurmountable 39-11 edge en route to the 68-point victory.
“We played a lot of people and a lot of people contributed to this win,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “Sometimes coming out of a holiday break, you’re concerned about being a little rusty, but we got our transition game going and stayed in control.”
Elizabeth Scott sparked the Lady Vols with 28, 16 in the second half. Dareisha Sowell hit 19, 14 in the opening two periods.
Brantley Ussery tallied 14, 10 in the second half. Anslee McDow netted nine. Ananda Cloud finished with six and Summer Vick hit five.
McKenzie Horton and Marketta McIlwain each had four points. Hailley Burton and Lauren Rowell had two points each.
Morgan Bass led North Central with 14 points.
The AJ girls faced Parkwood of Union County, N.C., in the girls championship game on Saturday, Dec. 28.
Due to early holiday deadlines, the games will be included in the Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 edition of The Lancaster News
Devils top Vols
The AJ boys fell to Class A power Great Falls, 66-57 in the opening round nightcap on Friday, Dec. 27.
The No. 10 Red Devils trailed 15-9 after one period, but picked up the pace to outscore the Vols, 23-9 in the second period to gain a 32-24 lead at the break.
Great Falls held a 47-39 edge with a period to play and stayed in control for the nine-point win.
The Red Devils hit 11-14 free throws to aid their victory.
Jamarcus Culp hit 24 points, 16 in the second half, to lead GFHS. Nigel Simpson scored 14, eight after the break.
Dustin Eddins led AJ with 16. Cameron McIsaac netted 10 points.
Corey Walters and Dontarius James scored nine each. Gervais Canty supplied seven. Tray King had four points and Austin McIsaac added two.
“The little things hurt us tonight,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “We didn’t box out and had too many untimely turnovers.
“I’m still pleased with our effort, but we have a few areas where we need to make improvement,” Wright said.
PHS downs Buford
The Parkwood High Lady Rebels punched their ticket to the girls title game in the Comporium Christmas Classic at Andrew Jackson with a 74-28 win over Buford on Friday, Dec. 27.
The AJ boys faced Class AAA foe Chester for consolation honors on Saturday, Dec. 28. See The News’ Jan. 1 edition for a report on the game.
The PHS girls bolted to a 29-4 first-period lead behind Emry Tsitouris’ 13 points. She finished with 26, 17 in the first half.
Brittany Autry netted 12 of her 20 points in the opening half as the Lady Rebels held a 47-12 lead at the half and cruised to the win and berth in the championship round on Saturday, Dec. 28 at AJ.
Lauren Brown scored 10 points to boost the winners.
Buford was paced by Gabby Davis’ 14 points, eight coming after the break.
Tatyana Stewart hit seven, including a trey, for the Lady Jackets.
Betty Ingram added four and Valerie Jones scored two. Courtney Snipes netted one point.
Buford, in the girls consolation game, met North Central on Saturday, Dec. 28. A full report on the tournament will be included in the Wednesday, Jan. 1 edition of The Lancaster News.