Red Devils hold off Warriors

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By Ernie Rowell

INDIAN LAND - Indian Land's game effort fell short in a 59-54 home loss to Class A power Great Falls on Tuesday night.

Great Falls' five-point win gave the Red Devils a hoops sweep.

The IL girls dropped a 43-21 setback in the opener.

The Indian Land boys showed it came to play, taking an 11-8 lead in the first period. Great Falls came back to take a tough 22-17 lead at the half and was able to keep the upper hand despite the inspired Warriors' play.

"We had some great practices leading up to this game," IL coach Nate Smith said. "Our press helped us and we shot the ball well."

The game was played two days following the death of IL senior Derek Hammaker, who died in an auto accident on Sunday night.

"Our guys really responded well considering the situation," Smith said. "We stepped up in a tough situation. It was an emotional night."

Ted Boston led the Warriors with 13 points. Travis Anderson hit 11 and Jeffrey Williams had nine.

Justin Gordon scored eight and Tai Young added six. Karl Watson hit three. Andy Sawyer and Tre Harvey added two points.

Jeremy Simpson hit 19 to lead the Red Devils. Brandon Crawford and Josh Lynn each tallied 11 points.

The Indian Land Lady Warriors had one of those nights one of those nights you would like to forget.

"Great Falls, seeking to avenge a home loss to the Lady Warriors earlier this month, turned the tables on the IL girls in a 43-21 win.

The Lady Warriors were plagued by a slow start as the home team was able to muster only two first-half points.

The Lady Red Devils, bolstered by stellar defense, took a 9-2 lead after one period and stretched that to 19-2 at the half.

Lakesia Roseboro had six points in the second period to spark the Lady Red Devils.

"We struggled offensively," said Indian Land High girls coach Tamara Jacobus. "Their 1-2-2 zone was very effective against us. We couldn't move on offense."

Indian Land didn't go away easy as the Lady Warriors, with a 16-11 run, sliced the gap to 30-18 with a period to play.

Great Falls finished strong, outscoring Indian Land 13-3 in the final eight minutes to notch the 22-point league win.

"Great Falls did a good job of breaking down what we wanted to do," Jacobus said.

Shardae Lynn led the Lady Red Devils with 13 points and Nedra Lynn hit 11.

Hannah Harris hit seven to lead the Indian Land offense. Tameka Robinson netted six and Jelisa Gordon had five.

Shelby McConnell chipped in two points. Mykela Hallums added one.

The Warriors will be home Friday when they face Chesterfield in a key Conference III-A twin bill which begins at 6:30 p.m.