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Solid start aids LHS girls win

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By Robert Howey

The Lancaster Lady Bruins used a fast start to open the 2008 portion of their basketball schedule with a 42-38 Region III-AAAA road win over Clover.

LHS senior Miteka Trueheart hit seven of her team-high 15 points in the opening period when the Lady Bruins bolted to an 11-0 start.

"We got off to a real strong start," said Lancaster High School girls coach Ronnie Robinson.

Trueheart netted 10 points in the opening half when the LHS girls held a 24-16 lead at the break.

Lancaster, 7-2, 2-1, owned a 39-28 edge after three periods before the Lady Blue Eagles made a hard charge.

"We started well, but then we got a little too relaxed out there," Robinson said. "We didn't attack quite as well as we did in the early going. I wish we would have had a better ending to the game, but at this point, a win is a win.

"I'll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day, especially when it's in the region and on the road," Robinson said. "The quick start was the difference because we were able to build our lead and stay in control."

Trueheart hit 15 points, five in the second half, to lead the LHS girls. Tesha Tipton and Tenisha Howze each netted six points for the Lady Bruins who have won four straight.

Howze led the LHS rebounding with eight boards.

Tamesha Fletcher chipped in five points. Quana Jones and Tara Tipton added four points each. Dimaya Jones had two points.

Stephanie Dover paced the Lady Blue Eagles with 17 points. Rachel Newmeister supplied 12 points for the Lady Blue Eagles, who fell to 4-4, 2-1.

In the boys' game, Clover captured its first region win, taking a 68-63 win over the Bruins in the nightcap.

Lancaster, 5-4, 0-3, held a 44-43 lead heading into the final period, but the Blue Eagles rallied for the five-point comeback victory.

CHS, 7-4, 1-2, outscored the Bruins 25-19 in the final eight minutes to post the win.

"We had some opportunities, but didn't capitalize like we needed to," LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. "We missed too many layups and didn't take care of the ball in some real crucial situations.

"Those are the things you have to do in order to get a tough region win and we didn't come through like we needed," he said.

Lancaster High junior guard Mike Catoe had a solid game for the Bruins, hitting 26 points. He drained seven treys in the game.

"Mike had a real strong game for us," Priester said.

Clover hit 22 of 35 free throws to boost its cause.

Mitchell Belk followed Catoe's game-high 26 points with nine points. Casey Catoe netted six points and Avery Harris hit five.

Taniel Massey added four points.

Shurdell Wright, Ron Trapps and Gerard Brace added three points each. Robert Fletcher and Xavier Holloway scored two points each.

Chris Lindsay led the Clover boys, hitting 25 points. Jontavius McCaulley hit 15 for the Blue Eagles.

Lancaster continues region play tonight when the Bruins host Rock Hill.

Rock Hill is coming off a region split with Fort Mill.

The unbeaten FM boys of head coach Bailey Jackson topped the Bearcats 73-48 and the Rock Hill girls, 5-6, 1-2, downed Fort Mill 56-48. The RH boys are 4-7, 1-2.

The girls' game tonight tips off at 6:30 p.m., with the boys' game set to start at 8.