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Rucker, South split in exciting hardwood play

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Lady Mustangs, Rams post wins

By Eric Rowell

A.R. Rucker and South each scored a win for Lancaster area middle school basketball pride with an exciting win on Wednesday night at the Lancaster High School gym.

Both games came down to a final shot.

In the girls’ game, a buzzer beater lifted the Lady Mustangs to a 30-29 win over the Lady Rams.

The Rucker boys gained a measure of revenge, taking a 32-31 win over South in the nightcap.

The Rucker boys held on for their one-point win as South’s David Hilton, who led the Mustangs with 10 points, drove in for a final shot to lift South to the win, but his attempt was off the mark and the Rams took the win. South gained possession with 6.5 seconds to go for the win after a Rucker turnover.

Rucker, up 10-9 after one period, used a 14-7 second-period run to forge a 24-16 halftime edge.

The Mustangs charged in the second half as they sliced the Rams’ lead to 27-24 with a quarter to go.

South outscored Rucker 7-5 in the final period, but the Rams protected the lead for the win.

Rucker was led by Ja’miara Boulware with 12 points, nine in the first half.

“We had a team effort all the way through,” Rucker coach Lamont Elder said. “We struggled some on offense in the second half, but we didn’t panic and kept our focus. It was good to get our first win.”

Gabe Glover netted nine points for the winners. Benjamin Dunlap hit five. Jhai’quan Winfield, Glen Thompson and Grayson Snipes each had two points.

Sindarius Thornwell aided the Mustangs with nine points and Terrel Ingram added seven. Kaderrious Jackson and Christian Pelham added two points apiece. Terrell White had one.

In the girls’ game, South’s Tashida Scott netted a last-second shot to seal the Lady Mustangs’ 30-29 win. Scott had seven points in the win.

Kyia Hough led South with 11, nine in the first half. Phoebe Johnson had six and Kadedra Strain added four. Kenyatta Robertson added two.

“Our defense was the key to the win,” South coach Amanda Mings said. “We played well together and we did a good job of pushing the ball up the floor in a good transition game.”

South led 8-7 after a period and stretched the spread to 18-11 at the break. Rucker, led by Angel Mickle, used an 11-4 surge in the third quarter to tie the game at 22-all with a quarter to play. Mickle led the Lady Rams with 13, 12 in the second half – seven in the third period.

The game was tight to the end, with Scott’s bucket lifting South to the exciting win.

Sharon Brunson hit eight and Chanda Nivens tallied six. Aliya Byrd added two for the Lady Rams.