Team effort nets Buford victory

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County Hoops Roundup

By The Staff



Buford produced a solid effort for four periods in posting its first Region IV-AA win of the season, a 77-67 win over Central of Pageland.

The Jackets’ 10-point win gave Buford a split after the Lady Jackets fell to the CHS girls, 65-60.

BHS, 3-18, 1-6, used a fast start, taking a 22-14 lead after one period of play. In the second quarter, the Jackets used a 19-11 run to forge a 41-25 edge.

Buford led 63-51 after three before taking the win.

Senior Marcus Brown hit 29 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. Marcus Bracey, in a solid game, hit 14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and added eight blocked shots.

Evan Joplin netted 11 points.

Silas Moore finished with six and O.T  Coleman added  four points.

“This was our most complete game of the season.” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We played well for fourth quarters.

“This victory was a result of hard work from a group of dedicated kids,” Couch said. “They work hard and this was a well-earned win. I was proud of this group for keep working and  getting better.”

Buford fell in the girls game, dropping a 65-60 loss to the Lady Eagles.

Erica Blackmon hit 24 points to lead the Lady Jackets. Daphne Honeycutt scored 13 and Carley Bailey hit 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Brittany Faulkner tallied five points and hauled in 14 rebounds.

Hannah Knight had two points along with seven rebounds, eight assists and eight steals.

Mikayla Hannah chipped in two points.

Vols, Warriors split

In a battle of county rivals, Andrew Jackson and Indian Land each posted a win in Region IV-AA basketball play Tuesday night at AJ.

The Lady Volunteers steadily pulled away for a 44-23 win over the Lady Warriors.

The IL boys earned a measure of hoops revenge with a 73-61 win over the Vols.

In the nightcap, the Warriors started strong and cruised to the 12-point win.

Indian Land, up 17-7 after one period, ignited in the second period to gain a 31-13 edge.

The Warriors, continuing their solid play, opened a 50-30 lead with a period to play and stayed on top for the win.

Hayden Sawyer scored a game-high 24, 13 in the first half, to key IL.

Rashid McGriff netted 14 and Chris Barnes hit 10.

Tyler Watson and Quran McMillan each had six points. Lee McCall scored five and Cameron Davis had four. Brandon Barnes and Connor Butler each added two points.

Avalon Truesdale paced Andrew Jackson, 8-9, 2-5, with 20, 18 in the second half. Quadarius Fair hit 14 and Chris White netted nine, seven in the second half.

Dustin Eddins had seven. Quincy Grier, Lemarcus Bracey, Tilson Kirkland, Wade Eubanks and Cameron McIsaac had two each. Bobby Delly added one.

“Turnovers hurt us tonight and we didn’t execute,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “We need to play with the same intensity each night.”

The girls’ game was much like the boys, but the Lady Vols took the early lead and steadily pulled away for the 21-point win.

AJ held an 18-10 lead at the break, but ignited on a 13-3 run in the third period to push the lead to 31-13.

The Lady Vols kept the upper hand in the final period for the 21-point win.

“This was our best defensive game of the season,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “All of our girls contributed.”

Bre Wright led AJ with 14, eight in the first half. Halle Thompson hit 10, eight in the second half. Elizabeth Scott scored seven and McKenzie Horton had six.

Anslee McDow had four and Summer Vick added three points.

Kelsey Young led IL with 10 points. Khadijah Sistare scored five. Toi Lathan netted three. Kendra Nesmith and Jessica Floyd hit two each. Shalyn Daugherty added one.

“We’re struggling scoring,” said IL coach John Phillips. “We couldn’t convert, but Bre Wright is a premier player for Andrew Jackson.”

AJ visits Central of Pageland tonight, while Indian Land will be at home to face Lee Central High School.