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Stallons dash Warriors' region title hopes

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County Hoops Roundup

By Dylan Knight

Lee Central was able to gain the early edge and stayed on top to clinch the Region IV-AA boys basketball championship with a 67-63 win over Indian Land in a special play-off game Friday night at North Central High School.

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The Warriors, who finished as the region runner-up, battled the Stallions to the wire, but couldn’t gain the lead.

Lee Central owned a 56-54 edge with a minute to go and held on with key foul shooting.

“I think their experience being in some big games in the past helped them,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “That’s a good team and they were able to convert some easy baskets. They just made the plays.”

Lee Central opened a 16-9 lead after one period and forged a 30-25 edge at the break.

The Stallions, who handed IL its only loss in regular-season region play, led 42-36 with a period to go and held on for the four-point win.

“I thought we did a good job of defending Terrell Rodgers,” LC coach LaVerne Knox said. “We were concerned about their shooters because they shoot well, but I felt we did well because Rodgers averages about 30 points a game.”

Rodgers hit 27, with senior Jarrell Robinson scoring 12 and Hayden Sawyer hitting 11.

The Stallions used a balanced attack to notch the win.

Alonzo Holmes hit 16 to lead five LC players in double figures. Terrell Hicks hit 13, while Kendrick Morris and Shaquille Moses added 12 points each.

“I thought we did a good job of distributing our scoring attack against a good team,” Knox said.

Dashawn Wilson added 10 points for Lee Central.

Rodgers’ 27 paced IL. Darnell Rodgers scored seven. Rashid McGriff netted four and Cameron Davis hit two points for Indian Land, which fell to 9-2 in region play.

The Warriors, as the Region IV-AA runner-up, will host a first-round playoff game on Wednesday at 7 when IL faces Eau Claire of Columbia.

Lee Central will also be at home Wednesday as the Stallions face the Region III-AA fourth-place team, Strom Thurmond.

“This was a tough loss, but it’s good we get to come back Wednesday and host a playoff game,” IL’s Smith said.

Warriors sweep finale

Indian Land was impressive in a sweep of Conference IV-AA and county rival Buford on Thursday night in the Warriors’ gym.

The Lady Warriors rolled to a 58-33 win over the Lady Jackets and the IL boys cruised to an 82-55 victory over the Jackets.

Indian Land held a 22-14 lead at the end of one period and extended the IL edge to 39-26 at the break.

The Warriors, with a and forged a 64-42 lead on a 25-16 run.

“This was a big win for us on senior night,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We knew Buford would play us hard, so we had a good start.”

IL junior guard Terrell Rodgers hit 33 points, 26 in the second half, to boost the Warriors.

Hayden Sawyer scored 24, with 13 in the first half. Jarrell Robinson hit 12 and Rashid McGriff netted 11. Marty Cauthen chipped in two.

Logan Segee led Buford with 14 points. Desmond McGriff and Marcus Brown each tallied 13 points.

Jacob Jamison scored five. Johnathan Soliman scored four. Qua Truesdale and Donovan Lang added three points apiece for Buford.

Buford coach Neil Couch said the Jackets came out flat.

“Indian Land shot the ball well,” Couch said. “We were coming off a tough loss to Lee Central on senior night and we struggled in trying to get back on track.”

In the girls’ game, Indian Land rallied from a slow start to take the 58-33 win.

Buford, bidding for the upset, held a 14-13 lead after one period, but the Lady Warriors used a 15-6 run to gain a 28-20 edge.

The IL girls then took control with a 14-4 run to forge a 42-24 edge.

“We came out flat tonight, but we got a spark from our work on the boards,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “I thought we played with more intensity.”

Mariah Williams led the IL girls with 24, 13 in the second half. Hannah Harris hit 13. Brittany Montgomery netted nine and Shelby McConnell added seven points. Jessica Floyd hit four and Kelsey Young scored one.

Carley Bailey paced Buford with 13 and Kendall Boone scored nine. Daphne Honeycutt had six. Erica Blackmon tallied three and Hannah Knight scored two.

“We played well in the first half, but we made some mistakes and Indian Land took advantage and was able to get the win,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said.

Stallions sweep AJ 

Lee Central took control in the second half to nail down a tie for first-place in regular-season Region IV-AA play.

The Stallions, up 29-23 on host AJ, built a 40-31 lead after three periods and then ignited with a 28-10 surge to notch a 68-41 win over the Vols.

A crucial 15-0 run in the middle of the third period keyed the Stallions to the 27-point win.

Tremaine Jackson and Chris Harris hit 11 points each to pace AJ. Wade Eubanks netted five. Quincy Grier and Dustin Eddins added four each. Lemarcus Bracy had three and Bobby Delly hit two. Robert Massey added one.

Deshawn Wilson paced the Stallions with 20. Tyler Hicks hit 12 and Zeasmond Reames added 10.

“We played well early and were sparked by the play of Chris Harris and Tremaine Jackson,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “Our effort was good.

“I hate it for our seniors that we couldn’t pull out a win,” Reeves said. “We have a good, solid nucleus of eight players coming back and we have some good talent coming up from our junior varsity team which coach Danny Wright led to a successful season.”

Lee Central defeated Indian Land in a special play-off game, 67-63 on Friday night at North Central High  to take the region title and the No. 1 seed from Conference IV-AA in the playoffs. Indian Land is the second seed.

In the girls’ game, AJ played the Lady Stallions tough, but couldn’t pull out the win.

Lee Central, which trailed for most of the game, rallied with a 23-14 surge in the final period to notch the 50-46 comeback win.

“We had too many turnovers and gave them easy baskets,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “We didn’t close the deal like we needed to against a good team in Lee Central.

“My hat is off to our seniors, Rebecca Johnson and Ashleigh Aiello,” Farmer said. “They have given us great senior leadership this season.”

Geneive Hammett hit 18 to pace Lee Central. Quetta Brown scored 10 points for the Lady Stallions.

Dareisha Sowell paced AJ with 17. Bre Wright netted nine. Kristin Rutledge tallied five. Rebecca Johnson and Leah Kennington scored four each. McKenzie Horton had three. Brandy Truesdale and Elizabeth Scott scored two points each.

The Lady Vols enter the Class AA Upper State playoffs as the fourth seed out of Region IV-AA and will face the III-AA champion on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

 The Indian Land girls, seeded third, will face the III-A runner-up on Tuesday at 7 p.m..