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This time instead of being close, the Lancaster Bruins closed out the win.
The LHS boys, who had been close in a couple of recent Region III-AAAA basketball games only to fall short, rose to the occasion Friday night at home.
The Bruins capped a sweet league sweep with a 59-48 win over Rock Hill.
The LHS boys' 11-point win coupled with the Lady Bruins' 67-50 victory gave host Lancaster the region sweep.
"It feels good to be on this end," said LHS coach Ricardo Priester moments after the Bruins notched their first region win since a 61-47 home win over York on Feb. 7, 2006.
"We had been flirting with a region win in our last two region games after close games with York and Clover, but we got it done tonight."
LHS, 6-4, 1-3, finished strong and staved off the scrappy Bearcats, who battled, but couldn't complete the task. LHS, up 26-16 at the break, took a 37-26 spread into the pivotal final quarter.
The Bruins, on a Shurdell Wright layup, forged a seemingly safe 44-30 lead, but the 'Cats countered with a quick 7-0 spree to make it 44-37.
Rock Hill was on the attack to slice into the LHS lead, but Bruins' senior Taniel Massey made a clutch steal, scored on a layup and drew a foul to complete a three-point play for a 47-37 Lancaster lead.
"Taniel's a senior and he stepped up there when we needed it," Priester said. "Our defense was a factor, real big at that point."
Massey had 13 points, eight in the second half, to go with seven rebounds.
After Massey's three-point play, Rock Hill twice sliced the gap to eight, but came no closer.
"We played hard, but Lancaster played under control," RHHS coach Bobby Stevens said. "They had some good shots, but they looked for the great shots tonight.
"They also hit their free throws, which is a sign of a maturing team," Stevens said.
LHS was 22-28 at the line, including 14-19 in the final period.
Wright hit 18 points, 10 in the second half, to pace LHS. Massey followed with 13. Casey Catoe had nine points and six rebounds. Gerard Brace chipped in eight points.
"Gerard and Terron Truesdale gave us a spark tonight," Priester said.
Mitchell Belk hit six. Truesdale and Avery Harris had two each. Robert Fletcher scored one.
Tirelle Williams led Rock Hill, 4-7, 2-2, with 12. Jatavius Stewart scored nine. Breon Love hit seven.
In the girls' game, Lancaster ignited in the second half and cruised to the 17-point win.
The Lady Bruins, 8-2, 3-1, held a 28-24 lead at the break, but broke open the game in the third period when they outscored the Lady Cats 19-9.
Tenisha Howze, who grabbed 18 rebounds, hit eight of her 11 second-half points in the pivotal third period to spark the LHS girls, who posted their fifth straight win.
"Tenisha raised her game and took control of the boards," LHS girls coach Ronnie Robinson said. "In the early going, we didn't shoot well, but we didn't lose our focus.
"In the second half, I thought we came out with an attitude," Robinson said. "We changed our press and that changed the tempo of the game.
"I also thought we had some quality minutes from Tesha Tipton and Quana Jones which gave us a real spark," he said.
LHS, after its third-period run, owned a 47-33 lead and rolled to the win.
Jones and Howze had 11 points each to lead LHS.
Miteka Trueheart and Tamesha Fletcher hit nine points each. Dimaya Jones and Tesha Tipton tallied eight apiece.
Courtney McCrorey scored five. Tarah Tipton, Laquisha Stewart and Shaniqua Waters each netted two points.
"We had 10 players score, with seven of those hitting five or more points," Robinson said. "That's the kind of balance you like to see."
Rock Hill, 5-7, 1-4, was led by Shandrice Erby who scored 19, 11 in the second half. Maggie Rogers added 13.
Lancaster hosts Fort Mill in region play Tuesday with the girls' game at 6:30 p.m. and the boys at 8.
Correspondent Ernie Rowell also contributed to this article