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GREAT FALLS – The Indian Land girls stayed unbeaten in Conference III-A basketball play for a split with host Great Falls on Friday night.
As expected, the Warriors had a tough night in the boys’ game as undermanned IL dropped an 81-23 loss to the Red Devils.
Indian Land had only one varsity player available for the boys game after 12 players were suspended for the game due to their involvement with a third-period fight in IL’s home game with McBee High School on Tuesday.
Tre Harvey was the lone IL varsity player in the boys game which saw the rest of the Warriors’ squad filled by the junior varsity team in the 58-point defeat.
In the opener, the Lady Warriors rallied from an 18-17 halftime deficit to take a 39-34 comeback win.
The Lady Warriors, who led 12-10 after the opening period before falling behind by one at the break, regained the lead with an 11-8 third-period charge.
The Lady Warriors continued to surge in the final period to post the five-point win.
“We were more aggressive in our play in the second half,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “This was a good road win in a tough place to play.
“I thought we really stepped up with the game on the line,” she said. “One area we need to improve on is shooting under the basket, but we were glad to get the win because it’s a challenge here and we came away with the win.”
Jelisa Gordan led the balanced IL girls’ offense with 12 points. Mariah Williams hit eight and Shelby McConnell tallied seven.
Hannah Harris hit six and Tameka Johnson scored four. Brittany Montgomery added two points.
“We had a host of players contribute and you like to see that,” Jacobus said. “When we needed a lift, somebody gave us that key spark.”
Sasha Hobson led Great Falls with 10 points.
In the nightcap, the Warriors, with the jayvees in for the bulk of the suspended varsity team, battled, but couldn’t contend with the talented Red Devils.
Great Falls led 17-6 after one period and owned a 35-12 edge at the half. GFHS was up 58-21 with a quarter to go and rolled to the victory.
“This was good experience for our younger players and they gave it all they had against one of the state’s top teams,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We were in a tough situation, but Tre Harvey gave us good leadership.
“We never quit. It was a tough situation, but I felt we handled it well,” Smith said.
Harvey and Rashid McGriff each hit six points to lead IL. Shaq Lathon had five points and Drew Richardson added four. Marquevius Seavers scored two points.
Great Falls was led by Isaiah Lynn’s 17 points. Jacoby Canty chipped in 12 points for the Red Devils.
Indian Land continues league play Monday when the Warriors visit North Central.
Great Falls hosts Buford on Monday night in Conference III-A play.