Vikes deal Bruins second straight region loss

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County Hoops Roundup

By Ernie Rowell




Spartanburg held on to complete a Region III-AAAA sweep of host Lancaster High School on Wednesday night.

The LHS boys, just four days after knocking off No. 1 Gaffney, dropped a second straight region nail-biter as the Vikings took a 78-76 win.

The girls’ game wasn’t as close as the SHS girls rolled to a 65-31 win over the Lady Bruins, who fell to 3-10, 0-3.

In the nightcap, Lancaster fell to the Vikings, who rallied from a three-point deficit with 1:25 left to take the two-point win.

A Qua Duncan bucket put LHS up, 73-70, but SHS answered on a Daquan Fuller hoop and an Adrian Kollock basket for a 74-73 lead.

The Bruins’ Sindarius Thornwell nailed a bank shot for a 75-74 lead, but Kollock answered with a bucket and Kian Lewis, who hit 20, scored for a 78-75 Vikings’ lead.

Thornwell, who scored 17, hit a free throw with 4.2 seconds, but missed on the second. A ball scramble resulted in the Vikings getting the ball on a turnover and they held on for the win.

“We didn’t execute in key situations,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “It was a tough loss for us, but this is a tough league and we have to regroup and be ready Friday night.”

Fuller hit 17, 10 in the second half, with eight in the fourth period. Kollock scored 13 and Aaron Crawford chipped in 11 points.

Forrest Woodard led 12-5 LHS with 19, 15 in the second half. Thornwell hit 17 and Duncan netted 11. Ron Trapps and Nate Bush each had nine. C.D. Pelham and Terrence Rivers scored four each. Alan Robinson hit three.

LHS, up 20-14 after one, owned a 39-34 lead at the half. SHS, with a 23-15 third period, held a 57-54 lead going to the fourth.

In the girls game, SHS, on top 24-14 at the half, used a 17-8 third period run to forge a 41-22 lead on the way to the win. Tamarnay Harris and Ashley Long each scored four points in the pivotal period to key the Lady Vikes.

Long finished with 16, eight in each half. Chelsea Faulhaber led SHS with 22, 16 in the second half – 13 in the final period. Ravana Price added 10 for the Lady Vikes.

“We just seem to have one bad quarter and it puts us in a tough situation,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “It was like this last night at Northwestern and tonight.”

Shannon Truesdale led LHS with 14 points and six rebounds. Tarah Tipton, who also had six boards, scored seven. Kyia Hough netted seven. Shanyse Frasier had two and ShaRon Brunson chipped in one.

Lancaster hosts Clover tonight.

Trojans top Bruins

Northwestern handed Lancaster its first region loss, topping the visiting Bruins, 71-68 on Tuesday night in Rock Hill.

The Trojans, snapping a 68-all tie, scored the game final three points to seal the win.

LaThomas Long, who scored 20 points, scored off a steal and Keith Bell added a free throw with 5.8 seconds to play to lift the 9-7 Trojans to the three-point win.

Lancaster trailed 33-28 at the half, and by the same margin, 51-46, after three periods.

The game was tight to the wire before the Trojans rallied for the victory.

Montreece Kennedy led NWHS with 18. Rontavius McClure hit 11 and Bell added 10 points.

Sindarius Thornwell and Ron Trapps hit 17 points each. Nate Bush netted 10.

Forrest Woodard scored eight. Alan Robinson and KeAnthony Foster tallied six points each. Brien Clyburn and C.D. Pelham chipped in two points apiece.

In the girls’ game, Northwestern posted a 41-29 win over the Lady Bruins, who fell to 3-9.

Lancaster battled, but the LHS girls couldn’t produce points late and dropped the 12-point region loss.

LHS, 0-2 in region play, was led by Shannon Truesdale’s 12 points. Kyia Hough and Akiedra Frasier each scored four points.

Shantail Evans, Chanda Nivens and Tarah Tipton had three points each.

Northwestern, up 16-15 at the half, outscored LHS 16-5 in the third period to take a 32-20 spread.

The game was even in the final period, but NWHS held on for the win.

Sha’Shay Alexander scored 12 and Xy’Resha Isom hit eight.

Braves sweep Vols

Cheraw swept a Region IV-AA road twin bill from Andrew Jackson on Tuesday night.

The Lady Vols fell to 9-3 after a 54-37 loss to the Lady Braves. The CHS boys completed the broom job with a 62-40 win.

In the opener, Cheraw finished strong with a 16-9 salvo to take the 17-point win.

The Lady Braves held a 25-17 halftime lead and used a 7-0 run to open the second half to take the win.

“Cheraw played well and a lack of practice being out of school due to the winter storm caught up with us,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “We’ve had limited practice time and it hurt.”

Jmeka Buchanan led Cheraw with 20, 11 in the second half. Alicia McIver netted 10.

Dareisha Sowell scored 15 to lead AJ. Bre Wright scored 12. Ashleigh Aiello added four. Ashley Williams, Elizabeth Scott and Kristen Rutledge added two points each.

In the boys’ game, Cheraw took control in the second half.

The Braves led 33-20 at the break and went on a 16-9 third-period charge to pull away for a 49-29 spread after three.

“Cheraw took us out of our game in the second half,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “We had 16 turnovers in the second half. You can’t have that against a good team.”

Robert Massey led the Vols with 13 points, seven in the first half. Tremaine Jackson hit eight and Quincy Grier scored six. Chris White finished with five.

Tilson Kirkland had four. Wade Eubanks and Lemarcus Bracey each tallied two points.

Aaron Robinson led Cheraw with 22, 12 in the second half. Demetrius Holiday hit 14, six in the third period and Malik Sellers added 10.

Jackets fall twice

Lee Central rallied in the final period with a 25-10 charge to net a 67-54 comeback win over Buford on Tuesday night.

The Stallions’ 13-point win gave LC a sweep of the visiting Jackets.

In the nightcap, Buford led at the end of every period, but the final quarter.

“I was proud of the effort and our kids played hard,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “The time off, first game since Jan. 8 and four days without practice, took its toll.

“We simply got tired as the game wore on,” he said.

Logan Segee scored 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Brett Estridge hit 13 points and Marcus Brown netted 11 and had 11 boards.

Desmond McGriff hit six and Jacob Jamison had four. Mikeem McKinney tallied three. Qua Truesdale and Jonathan Soliman scored two points each.

Shaquille Moses led the Stallions with 21. Deshawn Wilson scored 17 and Alonzo Holmes added 11.

Lee Central ignited in the second period to roll to an 85-28 win over the Buford girls.

Lee Central led 8-4 after one period, but exploded on a 35-5 run to gain a 43-9 lead and cruise to the win.

“We played good defense in the early going, but we didn’t take care of the basketball,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “Their transition game hurt us.”

Ariel Boyle led LC with 22 and Quetta Brown scored 19 points.

Hannah Knight paced BHS with 10 and Erica Blackmon added five. Carley Bailey finished with four. Kendall Boone added three points. Daphne Honeycutt, Brittney Faulkner and Catie Rowell had two points each.