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Lady Warriors hold off Red Devils

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By Eric Rowell

GREAT FALLS - The Indian Land Lady Warriors might be young, but at this point in the Conference III-A basketball season, they're just as stunning.

The IL girls improved to 2-0 in conference play, topping Great Falls in a split with the host Red Devils on Friday night.

The Lady Warriors, who opened the conference season with a 48-46 road win over McBee High School on Tuesday night, downed the Lady Red Devils 48-45.

In the nightcap, fourth-ranked Great Falls, rebounding from a loss to North Central on Tuesday night, gained some hardwood revenge with a 61-44 win over the Warriors.

In the opener, the Lady Warriors were able to take the early lead and stayed on top for the three-point win.

"It's great to start off our region play with two road wins," Indian Land High girls coach Tamara Jacobus said. "I'm really proud of these girls. Over the holiday break, we played in a tournament in North Carolina and took three losses, but our intent was to use that experience to prepare us for region play since most of our first region games are on the road.

"The experience we gained there has helped a good bit," she said. "It's early in the region schedule but we're off to a good start in region play. Winning these close games on the road can only help to build our confidence," Jacobus said. "We have a young team, but we're improving and maturing as a team each time we play."

Indian Land held a 22-15 lead at the half and stretched it to 36-25 after three periods.

Determined Great Falls made a hard charge in the final period, outscoring Indian Land 20-12, but the Lady Warriors held their composure and notched the league win.

"We did a good job on the boards and we did a good job of holding down Shardae Lynn, their outstanding player," noted Jacobus of IL's effort on Lynn who only hit nine points.

Mariah Williams and Hannah Harris each hit 10 points to pace the Lady Warriors' balanced attack. Williams scored eight in the third quarter to trigger IL.

Jelisa Gordon tallied eight and Tameka Robinson netted six. Shelby McConnell tallied five. Mykela Hallums and Brittany Montgomery chipped in four points each.

Alyssa Thomas added one for the winners.

The Lady Red Devils were led by Nedra Lynn's 11 points.

In the boys' game, Great Falls rebounded from the loss to the NC Knights, taking the 17-point win.

The game was tied at 12-all after one period, but the Red Devils ignited in the pivotal second period to outscore IL 20-4 to take a 32-16 lead at the half.

The Red Devils used a 16-0 run in the final 3:50 of the second period to take control.

"Great Falls' defense put pressure on us and we were unable to penetrate their zone," IL coach Nate Smith said. "We didn't take care of the basketball and had way too many turnovers. We had that second-period lapse and it came back to hurt us."

Jeremy Simpson led GFHS with 19 and Desmar Anderson hit 16.

The Warriors were led by Tai Young’s nine points. Travis Anderson hit seven. Marcus Williams and Karl Watson added six each.

Justin Gordon netted five. Keyadd Miller and Ted Boston scored four points each. Andy Sawyer added three points.

Indian Land is on the road Tuesday night when the Warriors venture to Chesterfield to face the Rams in a twin bill which opens at 6:30 p.m.