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Lee Central tops IL girls

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Late surge gives Lady Stallions' win

By Eric Rowell

INDIAN LAND – Lee Central, in a Region IV-AA doubleheader sweep of Indian Land, used key runs to net a pair of league wins over the Warriors on Friday night at the IL gym.

The Lady Warriors, in their best effort of the season in league play, battled Lee Central before falling, 48-45.

The Stallions, in the boys game, used a pair of key spurts in the second half to seal an 87-73 victory over the IL boys.

In the varsity opener, the Lady Warriors flirted with the upset, leading the Lady Stallions for the majority of the game before dropping the three-point loss.

The Lady Warriors, up 20-19 at the half, came out strong with a 7-1 run to take a 27-20 lead.

The IL girls kept the surge going to take a 33-23 lead with a period to play.

Then, the tide turned for the Lady Stallions, who outscored IL 25-12 in the final period for the comeback win.

“Our girls played with a lot of heart,” IL coach John Phillips said. “The tough part was that we didn’t have a complete game and it cost us. Seems like each game we have a bad quarter and it comes back to hurt us.”

Lee Central, with an 8-0 spree to open the final period, outscored the Lady Warriors, 25-12 in the closing quarter to capture the win.

Shaqera Atkinson, who hit 19 points, netted 10 points in the final period. Ariel Boyle scored 15, 10 in the fourth quarter. Tessica Charles chipped in 10 points.

The Lady Warriors, 0-8 in region play, were paced by Khadijah Sistare’s 16 points, 11 in the first half. Jessica Floyd hit 10, all in the second half.

Kelsey Young hit eight and Tori Lathan added six. Kendra Nesmith supplied four and Shalyn Daughery had one.

In the boys game, Indian Land saw LC, down 38-29 at the half, reel off an 11-2 spurt, to tie the game at 40-all.

“We let a top 10 team back in the game and you can’t do that,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We need to play better as a team.”

Lee Central led 15-14 after one period, but IL answered with a 24-14 surge to gain a 38-29 lead at the break.

The Stallions opened strong in the second half to make it close, and used a 10-0 run to open the final period to take control in the 87-73 win.

Walter Hill hit 22, 14 in the final period, to spark the Stallions. Tyrell Hicks scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to boost the LC comeback. Shaq Moses added 16 for the winners.

Hayden Sawyer sparked Indian Land with 36 points. Chris Barnes netted 14 and Connor Butler chipped in 12.

Tyler Watson and James Gregory scored three each. Marty Cauthen and Jalen Burrell added two each. Lee McCall tallied one point.

“Hayden was a big spark to open the game and Connor Butler was impressive starting the game for us,” Smith said.

 The Warriors, 5-3 in region play, host Central of Pageland on Tuesday and travel to Buford to face the Yellow Jackets on Thursday night.