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Tourney's boost for IL girls

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Team goes 1-2, but gains in hoops tourney experience

By Robert Howey

The Indian Land Lady Warriors went 1-2 in the annual Y.C. Winborn Holiday Classic, but IL coach Tamara Jacobus said overall the three-day tournament was a good experience.

“We always want to win when we take the floor, but at this stage, we were looking to gain experience as he head into region play,” Jacobus said. “We faced some larger schools and competed well.”

Indian Land, 5-3, capped play, dropping a 57-46 loss to Myers Park of Charlotte at Rock Hill High School on Tuesday.

Indian Land trailed 30-15 at the half and matters didn’t look much better at the end of three quarters, with the Lady Mustangs holding a 43-23 spread.

Indian Land ignited in the final eight minutes with a 23-14 run to make it 57-46 at the end of the game.

“We lost, but we made a great comeback to get back in it,” Jacobus said. “We battled back when we could have thrown in the towel, so I liked the way we finished. We competed well all the way.”

Indian Land junior  guard Mariah Williams, who led the Lady Warriors with 13 points, scored 10 in the final period to boost the IL rally.

Williams scored 48 points in three tournament games, averaging 16 points a contest to earn all-tournament honors.

“Mariah played some of her best ball of the season,” Jacobus said. “She played well and her all-tournament selection was well-deserved.”

Shelby McConnell and Jelisa Gordon each netted eight points, with Gordon hitting six in the final period against the Lady Mustangs. Alyssa Thomas followed with seven points and Hannah Harris scored five.

Mykela Hallums scored three and Jessica Floyd added two points.

India Timpton and Tiffany Stevens scored 12 points each to boost Myers Park.

The Lady Warriors scalped Berea in game two, rolling to a 66-22 win over the Lady Bulldogs.

Indian Land notched a 34-10 lead at the half in rolling to the 44-point win over the Greenville County Class AAA school.

Williams paced the Lady Warriors with 19 points and Shelby McConnell scored 17. Alyssa Thomas tallied 12 points.

Jessica Floyd hit seven and Hannah Harris tallied five.

Jelisa Gordon netted four and Kelsey Young had two points for the Lady Warriors.

“We were able to play a lot of players in this game,” Jacobus said. “We went out and built an early lead and worked in as many players as possible.”

In the tournament opener on Dec. 20, Olympic High School of Charlotte took a 43-38 win, holding off a late Lady Warriors’ charge. Olympic owned a 28-18 lead at the break and took a 37-27 edge after three periods.

Indian Land outscored Olympic 11-6 in the final quarter, but the Lady Trojans held on for the win.

Williams hit 16 points to pace the Lady Warriors. Harris scored nine. McConnell, Hallums, Floyd and Thomas added two points each.

Indian Land returns to play Jan. 5 when the Warriors host Lewisville in Conference III-A play.

u Lancaster also played in the three-day tournament held in memory of the late Rock Hill High coach,

The 4-4 Lady Bruins of coach Ronnie Robinson went 2-1, capping play with a 54-42 win over Rock Hill. Quana Jones, who scored 40 points in three games, was named to the all-tournament team.

Lancaster opened play with a 53-18 win over White Knoll, but fell in game two, losing 62-31 to Northwestern of Rock Hill.

Jones netted 11 to lead LHS to the 35-point win over WKHS. In the loss to Northwestern,  Kyia Hough hit 11 points. In the win over the Lady Bearcats, Jones hit 21 and Shannon Truesdale tallied 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead  LHS.

Lancaster is back in action Jan. 5 when the Bruins visit Fort Mill for a non-region clash.

u Lancaster and Indian Land each have games with York County foes to be played following postponements Dec. 18. Lancaster was set to visit York and Indian Land was traveling to Fort Mill, but the games were canceled due to possible hazardous road conditions. No make-up games have been set for either school.