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County prep hoops

By The Staff

 

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The Lancaster Lady Bruins finished strong to post an impressive comeback win over Northwestern to give LHS a split in its Region III-AAAA twin bill on Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Rock Hill.

The LHS girls, with a 25-7 final period charge, ignited for a 62-51 win over the Lady Trojans in the varsity opener.

In the nightcap, the Trojans started strong and rolled to the 59-43 win.

Lancaster, in the girls game, was sparked by senior guard Kyia Hough, who hit 28 points, with 11 of her 17 second-half points coming in the final period.

Northwestern led 30-25 at the half and the Lady Trojans took a 44-37 spread into the final period.

Lancaster then ignited behind Hough, who was 14 of 16 at the foul line.

“The key for us was we started playing better defense which forced turnovers,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We also did a better job on the boards. We rebounded better and held them to one shot.

“That was a good win for us because Northwestern was the preseason pick to win the region,” Robinson said. “We have a lot of basketball left to play, but I feel the win will be a boost at this point in the season.”

Senior ace Phoebe Johnson, working to control the pivot, also had a solid fourth quarter, scoring six of her 10 points in the final period.

Keyotta Garris was also in double figures, hitting 12 points. Aliyah Davis had five, netting five of six free throws. Kenyatta Roberson had four. Kaela Robinson scored two and Mia Flowers added one for the victors.

Ieshia Love led Northwestern with 11 and Briana Lewis added 10 points.

In the boys game, Northwestern started strong and kept the upper hand for the 16-point win.

The Trojans took a 15-2 lead at the end of one and led 28-9 at the half.

Lancaster kept fighting in the second half and sliced the gap to 10, but it could get no closer in the defeat.

Manzi Hill led the Trojans with 16. Clenzo Ross and Quadarius Fair each netted nine points.

Deuce Dunlap led the Bruins with 14, including two treys. Keifon Cogdell scored 11 and Jay Hood hit eight.

Calvin Crawford had four and Kavonta Strain netted three. E,J. Patterson posted two and McCarter added one.

Lancaster ventured to Rock Hill on Thursday, Dec. 19 for a region twin bill with the Bearcats.

The Bruins’ games in Rock Hill cap pre-holiday hoops play.

The LHS girls will be idle during the holiday break.

The LHS boys will play in the Capitol City Classic at Keenan High School in Columbia. The Columbia tournament will run Dec. 27, 28 and Dec. 30.

Warriors sweep

The Indian Land started strong and rolled to an 85-39 home win over Class A foe Lewisville on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The Warriors’ 36-point victory gave IL a sweep after the Lady Warriors notched a 55-33 win over the LHS girls.

Indian Land bolted to a 21-7 first period lead and continued to surge in the second quarter when it outscored the Lions, 25-11 for a 46-18 halftime edge.

Warriors’ sophomore guard Darnell Rogers hit 23, 16 in the first half. Lee McCall, who has played well coming off an injury, netted 15, eight in the opening half.

“This was a total team effort and our first complete game,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “I was pleased with our intensity.”

Quantra Taylor hit 10 points and Brandon Sellers scored eight. Mark Morton, Derries Hampton and Mark Truesdale each netted six points. Jake Dwyer had four and Mike Webb added three. Brandon Barnes and Ravon Dixon each scored two points.

O.B. Sarduy led the Lions with 18 points.

The Lady Warriors opened the IL sweep with a 55-33 win over the Lady Lions.

The IL girls built a 35-13 halftime edge on the way to the 22-point win.

Kate Komorous led a balanced Indian Land attack with 14 points. Jessica Reynolds and Monae Brown each scored 10 and Mary McGunegle netted nine points. Tianah Miller hit seven points.

Mi’Asia McCarter finished with three and Bailey Penegar added two points.

“Our girls played hard Tuesday night,” IL coach Natasha Farmer said. “They kept the momentum and intensity throughout the entire game even when they went scoreless for about three minutes in the second half.

“I was proud of their effort last night and I’m hoping we can carry that same intensity against Forest Hills,” she said.

The Lady Warriors opened play in the Forest Hills holiday tournament Thursday, Dec. 19 when they faced tourney host Forest Hills.

Rikoya Anderson paced the Lady Lions with 15 points. Khaoijan Feaster scored eight and Jordan Green hit six.

Mo Fisher added three points and Sierra White added one point.

The Indian Land boys, who have completed the pre-holiday hoops portion of their 2013 schedule, will play in a holiday tournament over the break at Charlotte Catholic School.

The tournament opens play Dec. 27 when IL faces Piedmont High School of Union County, N.C., at 6 p.m.