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Vols notch two wins over Eagles

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AJ prevails in make-up games

By Dylan Knight

 

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KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson, in a make-up game, came out looking good in a sweep of the rival Central Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Volunteers’ gym.

The fifth-ranked Lady Volunteers, with a fast start, cruised to a 74-48 win and the AJ boys capped the hoops broom job in a 58-54 victory over the Eagles.

The Vols evened their Region IV-AA record with the four-point win.

AJ, in the comeback victory, trailed 13-8 after one period, but used a 14-8 second quarter surge to gain a 22-21 lead at the break.

Senior Dustin Eddins, who led AJ with 24 points, scored 11 in the second period when the Vols took the lead.

AJ used a 20-15 third-period charge to gain a 42-36 spread with a quarter to go.

“We understood our roles and executed with hustle and key rebounds,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “We’re starting to do the little things right. I also felt we played with a lot of heart.”

Central rallied in the final period, but the Vols maintained their edge for the four-point win to move their mark to 6-11, 3-3.

“Central rallied, but we held our composure,” Wright said. “This is a good momentum-builder for us.”

Eddins, with 24 points, hit 13 in the second half. Cameron McIsaac scored 15, 13 in the final two periods. Dontarius James tallied nine. Tray King and Corey Walters each had three points.

Gervais Canty and Austin Truesdale netted two points apiece.

Central was led by Tristian Stewart’s 14 points. Dante Blakeney added 10 points.

In the opener, the Lady Vols blew out to an early lead to notch the win and stay unbeaten in region play.

AJ, with a 16-2 first-period surge, built a 22-7 first quarter lead on the way to the 26-point win.

Elizabeth Scott, who led the 15-3 Lady Vols with 27 points, scored 15 of her 17 first-half points in the opening eight minutes.

The Lady Vols forged a 38-27 lead at the half and rolled to the win.

“We won all four quarters and that’s something we strive for offensively,” Andrew Jackson coach Dennis Farmer said. “Everybody contributed offensively and we had six girls with five or more points.”

Senior guard Dareisha Sowell scored 11 and Summer Vick tallied seven.

Anslee McDow, Ananda Cloud, Brantley Ussery and McKenzie Horton netted six points each. Jerrisha Crawford chipped in five points for the AJ girls, who are now 6-0 in region play.

Malia Rivers scored 31 to lead the Lady Eagles and Makalya Krest added 12 points.

AJ hosted Cheraw on Tuesday, Feb. 4.