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Lady Vols win for home split

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By Hammond Knight

KERHSAW – The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers used a strong third period to notch their first win this season, a 39-28 victory over Class A foe Lewisville.The AJ girls’ win gave the Volunteers a split with the visiting Lions on Tuesday night.The Lady Vols of coach Dennis Farmer held a 16-15 lead at the break, but ignited in the third period to build on their advantage, 27-21.“We did a good job of picking up our intensity in the second half,” Farmer said. “We played better on offense and defense.”Erica Ealy, who hit 14 points, tallied 10 points in the second half. Eight of Ealy’s 10 second-half points came in the third period.Racheal Dipple led the Lady Vols with 16 points, 10 in the opening half when AJ held its 16-15 edge.In the final period, AJ cruised to the 11-point win, outscoring the Lady Lions 12-7.“We continued to play well into the final period,” Farmer said.Caroline Phillips hit three points for the Lady Vols, while Karmen Twitty, McKenzie Stribling and Emily Stover added two points each.Lewisville was led by Kereshia Foster’s eight points.“We hope to take the momentum from this game into the Lancaster game on Friday,” Farmer said. “We played respectable in that first game with Lancaster, but we need to pick up our level of play.”In the nightcap, Lewisville salvaged a hoops split with the Volunteers, taking a 58-49 win.The Lions forged a 31-14 lead at the break, but the Vols picked up the pace in the second half and sliced the Lions’ lead to nine with four minutes to play. Lewisville was able to hold on for the win.“We got off to a slow start, but we had a strong second half to score 35 points,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “I thought we played hard, but we ran out of gas at the end.“We need to do a better job of getting started,” he said.AJ rallied to make it a 12-point game with a period to play after trailing by 17 at the break.The Lions’ Don Porter hit six of his 10 points in the third period to keep Lewisville on top.Odarius Hinton hit 17 points, including four treys, to trigger the Lions. Ladarius Hinton added 16.AJ, 0-3, was led by Ryan Miller’s 16 points, nine in the second half. Jonathan Belk followed with 10 and Justin Sellers scored nine.Rashawn Miller and Cedric Wright added five each. Omarr Truesdale tallied four.AJ visits county foe Lancaster on Friday night. The girls’ game is set to start at 7, with the boys contest to tip off at 8:30.