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Andrew Jackson junior Ryan Miller hit a clutch free throw with four seconds to play to lift the Volunteers to an exciting 46-45 Conference IV-AA home basketball win over Eau Claire of Columbia on Tuesday night.
Miller’s free throw helped AJ weather a late Shamrocks’ rally.
EC, down by 12 with 2:30 to play, used a 10-0 run to slice the margin to two.
The Shamrocks tied the game at 45-all, but Miller hit the crucial free throw to lift AJ to the win.
The Vols used an 11-4 first-period run to hold the early edge. AJ led 19-16 at the break and owned a 34-25 lead after three periods before EC, which fell to the Vols for the second time this season, rallied to make it close at the end.
“I was proud of our defensive effort,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “We need to pick up our offense a little. I thought Tremaine Jackson and Justin Sellers hit some big shots for us.
“We had a good start and that was an early key for us,” Reeves said.
Jackson led the Vols with 17 points, 14 in the third period. He hit four treys in the third period. Miller followed with 14 points and Sellers scored 11.
O’Marr Truesdale scored two. Robert Massey and Daniel Wright added one each.
The Shamrocks were led by Willie Perlotte’s nine points. Marquise Lykes and Dontrell Riley added eight points each.
The Vols host Keenan in a key league game Friday. Keenan dropped a 67-64 loss to Central on Tuesday when it suffered its first league defeat.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Shamrocks rolled to a 62-14 win over the AJ girls.
Eau Claire forged a 42-14 lead at the half and held the Lady Vols scoreless in the final two periods to take the win.
“Eau Claire just has too much talent and too many shooters,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “I was pleased with our effort, but we’re playing some tough teams in this region.”
Jazzy Gripper led AJ with six points. Halle Thompson had four. Ashley Phillips and Brandy Ellis added two points each.
Gboni Bost led EC with 14. Janae’ Stevenson scored 12.
Warriors sweep Lions
The Indian Land boys squared their Conference III-A mark at 3-3 with a 71-58 win over Lewisville to cap a sweep of the Lions on Tuesday night.
The Warriors’ 13-point win came after the IL girls rolled to a 66-36 victory over the Lady Lions.
Indian Land, with its second straight league win, bolted to an 18-8 lead before the Lions rallied to make it 22-18 at the break.
In the third period, IL outscored the Lions 18-13 to take a 40-31 lead on the way to the 13-point win.
“Our offense got going in the second half and we executed real well,” IL coach Nate Smith said.
IL hit 19 of 24 free throws to aid its win.
The Warriors used balanced scoring to take the win.
Jarrell Robinson led IL with 16 points, 14 in the second half. Terrell Rogers scored 13, nine in the second half. Jay Edge and Keyadd Miller each tallied 10 points. Marcus Williams and Tre Harvey netted nine each. Ted Boston scored four.
The Lions were led by Datron Brice’s 16.
The Lady Warriors took control early and rolled to a 66-36 win over the Lewisville girls in the varsity opener.
IL, up 18-4 after a period of play, stretched its lead to 30-13 at the break.
The Lady Warriors, rated 10th in the latest Class A girls state basketball poll, held a 47-23 spread after three periods before taking the 30-point win.
“We were able to create a lot of scoring opportunities of our transition game,” Indian Land High girls coach Tamara Jacobus said. “We also did well at the foul line.”
The Lady Warriors hit 10 of 13 free throws.
“We had a good, solid effort and it was a good game for us,” Jacobus said.
The Lady Warriors had eight players score, with Mariah Williams leading the way with 20, 11 in the first half.
Shelby McConnell followed with 16 points, 15 in the second half. Jelisa Gordon hit eight and Alyssa Thomas tallied six.
Tameka Johnson finished with five points. Hannah Harris and Jessica Floyd had four points apiece. Amanda Gullickson netted three points.