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Andrew Jackson, in much the same fashion in both games, ignited in the second half to notch a Region IV-AA basketball sweep of rival Central High of Pageland in the Eagles gym on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The Vols spurted late in each game to cap the sweep in Pageland.
The AJ boys, 11-6, 3-2, earned a 77-61 win and the Lady Vols posted a 68-60 victory over the Lady Eagles.
In the nightcap, Central stayed close for the better part of the game, but the Vols, with a 26-18 charge, notched the 16-point win.
AJ used a 16-8 burst to forge a 67-51 lead on a Cameron McIsaac bucket to take control.
McIsaac hit 12 points, one of four AJ players in double figures, to key the win.
“This was a great team win for us,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “I thought we got after them real well.
“We played great team basketball in the second half,” Wright said. “For us to be 3-2 at this point in region play is a plus for us.”
The Vols, after a seesaw first half, held a 16-15 lead after one period and extended their edge to 34-28 at the break.
Central stayed close, trailing 51-43 after three quarters before AJ gained the win.
Avalon Truesdale led AJ with 19 points, netting 10 in the first half. Quadarius Fair scored 15, eight in the first half. Dustin Eddins tallied 13, seven in the first half, and McIsaac added 12, seven in the first half.
Wade Eubanks hit nine, just missing a fifth AJ player in double figures.
Gervais Canty tallied four. Tilson Kirkland and Kolby Whitley each had two points and William Cunningham added one.
Sam Caldwell led Central with 16 and Mitch Meadows added 11. Cornelius Miller supplied 10 for the Eagles.
In the varsity opener, the AJ girls prevailed 68-60 to improve to 4-1 in region play.
The Lady Vols, up 59-57 with 2:10 to play, responded with a crucial 9-3 surge to cap the eight-point win.
AJ owned a 28-24 lead at the half and the Lady Vols held a 47-44 advantage with a quarter left.
The game was tight to the late stages when the AJ girls took control.
“Our offense played well down the final stretch,” AJ coach Kelly Phillips said. “Elizabeth Scott had a key trey in there to spark us.
“We didn’t play as well on defense, but we did what we needed to get the win,” Phillips said.
Bre Wright led a balanced AJ attack with 16, eight in each half. Scott netted 14 as did Dareisha Sowell. Scott scored eight after the break and Sowell supplied nine. Anslee McDow netted 10, six in the second half.
McKenzie Horton and Halle Thompson each had four points.
Mahlia Rivers led CHS with 23. Wallace scored 16 and Little added 13.
AJ hosts Buford on Friday night.