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INDIAN LAND – Host Indian Land earned a hardwood split with Class AAAA Fort Mill on Friday night.
The Lady Warriors prevailed in the opener, taking a 49-28 win over the Lady Jackets.
In the nightcap, the Jackets held on for a 66-59 win over the scrappy Warriors.
The opener saw coach Tamara Jacobus’ Lady Warriors build an early lead and cruise to the 21-point win over the Lady Jackets.
The Lady Warriors extended an 11-6 lead after one period to 22-10 at the break behind an 11-4 second-period run.
“I thought we did a good job of putting pressure on the ball and forcing Fort Mill into some turnovers,” Jacobus said. “Fort Mill didn’t produce double digit points in a single quarter but once.”
Indian Land continued its solid play, outscoring FM 8-7 in the third period and then ignited with a 19-11 surge in the final period.
“We did a good job of controlling the boards and we also hit our foul shots, which is an area we’ve worked on,” she said. “I thought Shelby McConnell had a strong offensive game for us.”
The Lady Warriors, 16-21 at the foul line, used a balanced attack to anchor the win.
McConnell led IL with 12 points and Jelissa Gordan generated 11 points. Gordan had seven points in the final peirod when the Lady Warriors pulled away.
Hannah Harris netted 10 points. Alyssa Thomas and Brittany Montgomery added six each. Mariah Williams hit four points.
Courtney Grainger led Fort Mill with 11 points.
In the nightcap, the Warriors battled the Jackets, but Fort Mill was able to hold off IL and take the seven-point win.
The Jackets held a 14-9 edge after one period, but used a 17-10 spurt in the second period to take a 31-19 halftime lead. Fort Mill was up 44-34 after three before IL charged only to fall shy.
IL’s Keyadd Miller hit two free throws with 56 seconds left to make it 60-56, but the Warriors couldn’t get any closer.
“Fort Mill’s experience showed tonight,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “Our effort was there and we hope to build off the momentum of this game.”
Terrell Rogers led IL with 17, 12 in the final period. Marcus Williams scored 11. Trey McKinney, Ted Boston and Jarell Robinson added seven points each. Karl Watson and Miller added four points each. Tre Harvey added two points.
Fort Mill was led by Rion Hariot with 28 points, 14 in each half.
Jaquan Dupree hit 13 to aid the Jackets.