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Rucker Middle School swept a basketball twin bill from rival South Middle at the Lancaster High School gym on Thursday night.
The Lady Rams, in an impressive start, posted a 48-4 win over the Lady Mustangs
The Rucker boys, in a much tighter game, completed the sweep with a 35-33 overtime victory over the Mustangs.
The Rams' Ty Foster hit a clutch jumper to give the Rams a 35-33 lead and Rucker held on for the narrow win.
Regulation ended in a 31-all tie after Quasheon McCarter hit a free throw with 26.6 seconds left in regulation.
“Our free throws hurt us,” said Rucker coach Lamont Elder. “This was a very competitive game. It was a team effort and I was proud of our guys.”
Teron Heath led the Rams with 12 points, eight in the first half. Raheame White followed with 11 points for the Rucker boys.
Foster chipped in eight points. Darious Catoe added four points for the winners.
South was led by C.J. Brown, who scored 11 points, including a pair of treys. Lewis Johnson followed with nine points.
Tisheen Hammond had six. McCarter hit three points. Jalen Canty and Keonte Mack netted two points each.
“We had a chance to win, but didn't come up with the shots,” South Middle School boys coach Marti Tiller said. “We had a good effort, but we need to be better focused and work on our conditioning.”
In the opener, the Lady Rams rolled to the 44-point win over the Lady Mustangs.
The Rucker girls, who led 14-2 after one period, forged a 27-4 lead and cruised to the win.
Amirah Steward led the Lady Rams with 12, including two treys.
Hayden Thorne netted eight points.
Alexis Williams followed with seven points.
Mi’Aisa McCarter and Ashlee Lane hit six points each. Takemiah Mackey tallied four points.
Keyotta Garris scored three. Lauren Crapps hit two points.
Rucker coach Ashley Price said teamwork was for the Lady Rams.
“We played good team basketball,” she said. “This is a good start, but we still have some work to do.”
South was led by Deja Patterson and Tykeyora McCullough who had two free throws apiece.