Team effort spurs Buford over Stallions

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By Eric Rowell

Buford used a team effort to post a huge road upset Tuesday night.

The upstart Jackets knocked off Class AA power Lee Central 51-47 in Bishopville.

"We just had a complete effort," BHS assistant coach Neil Couch said. "To go into a place as rowdy as Lee Central and come out with a win, you have to play well together and have a complete effort.

"That's what we did," Couch said of the Jackets' win over the No. 8 Stallions.

BHS, playing to its tempo, held an 11-8 lead after one period and owned a 26-23 spread at the break.

The Jackets led 36-32 with a period to play and held on for the tough four-point win.

"Lee Central made some runs at us, but we made some good decisions and held our composure," Couch said.

The Jackets, 7-12, handed LC its first league loss this season. BHS is 1-3 in league play.

Buford used a balanced attack to take the win.

Qua Reid led the way with 14 points and six rebounds. Blake Larrimore netted 12 and had five boards. Jabari Williams scored 11 and grabbed eight caroms.

JoJo Morris tallied seven and Michael Childers chipped in five. Andrew Riner scored two.

The Stallions, the two-time defending Class AA state champions, were led by Derrell Jenkins' 12 points.

Dominique Graham and Dashawn Wilson had nine each.

In the girls' game, LC rolled to a 76-19 win over the BHS girls.

The Lady Stallions led 46-8 at the break and cruised to the win.

Lechelle Rush hit 26 for LC. Staci Holmes had 19 and Jalisa Williams had 14.

BHS was led by Brittany McCarter's seven. Janay Blackmon netted four. Alicia Morris had three. Whitney Funderburk and Amanda Truesdale scored two each. Kristen Cauthen added one.

Buford hosts Cheraw on Friday.

Cougars down Bruins

Lancaster dropped both ends of a Region III-AAAA doubleheader on Tuesday night in York.

The Cougars captured the boys' game, taking a 72-65 win.

LHS led 42-40 going into the final period, but York outscored the Bruins 32-23 to take the win.

O.B. Love led York with 19. Jerry Holmes hit 16 and Wade Ramsey scored 15.

Mitchell Belk paced LHS with 19 points. Michael Catoe tallied 12 and Taniel Massey had 11.

Gerard Brace finished with seven. Ron Trapps followed with six. Avery Harris and Shurdell Wright chipped in four each.

Terron Truesdale scored two for the Bruins, 7-8, 2-7.

York was 25 of 31 at the line, while LHS made 16 of 24 foul shots.

Lancaster's girls dipped to 5-4 in region play, dropping a 55-45 loss to the Cougars.

The game was decided at the foul line as York hit 19 of 35 foul shots, while LHS was 1 of 3.

Tikerra Anderson led York with 16 points. Erica Shannon scored 14 for the Lady Cougars.

York held a 29-20 lead at the break and stretched it to 44-28 after three on the way to the 10-point win.

LHS senior Miteka Trueheart hit 15, 11 in the final period, to pace the Lady Bruins. Tenisha Howze had 11.

Tamesha Fletcher scored six. Keondra Jenkins and Quana Jones had four each. Dimaya Jones scored three and Tesha Tipton finished with two points.

Warriors drop two

North Central took two from visiting Indian Land in Conference III-A play in Boonetown on Tuesday night.

The Knights capped the sweep with a 75-58 win.

In the opener, the Lady Knight took a 49-48 win.

North Central held a 39-32 lead at the half in the nightcap and steadily pulled away for the 17-point win.

Laquan Murphy hit 25, 13 in the first half, to lead the Knights. Greg Caldwell scored 18, 10 in the second half. The Knights led 59-48 after three and finished strong for the win.

Jay Edge, who led IL with 16, scored 11 in the first half. Justin Gordon netted 12. Tai Young chipped in in nine and Ted Boston scored seven. Keyadd Miller and Tre Harvey had six each. Tre McKinney netted two.

"I was proud of our sophomores and our senior play came from Tai Young," IL coach Nate Smith said.

In the opener, North Central used a fourth-quarter rally to pull out a 49-48 win over Indian Land in the girls' game.

The Lady Warriors, 3-2 in region play, held a 38-32 lead going into the final period, but the Lady Knights ignited behind Samantha Threatt, who hit eight of her game-high 18 points in the final quarter.

Threatt, who had four treys, hit two in the final period to key NCHS.

Kayla Dopart's bucket with 3:25 to play gave NCHS a 44-42 lead and the Lady Knights stayed on top for the win.

Dopart and Leah Beckham each hit 11 for the winners.

IL, which led 29-21 at the half, was led by Hannah Harris and Mariah Williams who scored 11 each. Mykela Hallums and Shelby McConnell netted eight each.

Alyssa Thomas and Paige Brugh scored four each. Tameka Robinson added two for IL.

The Warriors host McBee on Friday night.