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Andrew Jackson split a non-region twin bill with Class AAAA foe Lugoff-Elgin on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Demons gym.
The Vols notched a 67-64 win after the ÅJ girls dropped a 47-41 setback to the Lady Demons.
The AJ boys hit key free throws down the stretch and made plays to post the three-point win.
“Our defense did a great job and we showed poise at the end,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “Our defense did a great job.”
AJ, 6-3, hit 14-22 at the line, including 9-12 at the foul stripe, to take the win.
Quadarius Fair hit two free throws to give AJ a 64-59 lead and the Vols held on.
Avalon Truesdale tallied 23, 12 in the first half, to pace the Vols.
Truesdale hit seven in the pivotal final period. Fair scored six of his 17 in the final eight minutes.
Dustin Eddins netted 10, all in the second half, five each in the final two periods. Tre King hit eight.
Wade Eubanks tallied five. Zack Clyburn and Cameron McIsaac added two points each.
Clyburn’s bucket came in the final period to give AJ a 59-57 lead and the Vols never trailed.
Bobby Gary generated 21 for the Demons and Dre Scott supplied 15.
The Vols’ win gave AJ a season’s sweep of the Demons, who fell to AJ, 73-65 on Nov. 26.
In the girls game, AJ, ranked No. 7 in Class AA girls, dropped its second straight, falling in the six-point loss.
The Lady Vols led 23-17 at the break, but L-E closed the gap to 33-32 after three periods.
The Lady Demons outpointed AJ 15-8 in the final period to take the comeback win.
“We’re not playing well right not, and we’re not in synch,” said AJ coach Dennis Farmer. “Give Lugoff-Elgin credit. They played much better than they did in our first meeting.”
Bre Wright led AJ with 13, eight in the second half. Elizabeth Scott scored 11, including a 5-6 free throw effort. Dareisha Sowell had nine.
Anslee McDow scored six and Halle Thompson chipped in two.
Dee Rodriquez led L-E with 21 points.
The Lady Vols downed L-E, 64-27 in the first meeting Nov. 26.
– Tim Sims
Buford sweeps NCHS
Buford swept a pair of wins from visiting North Central on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the BHS gym.
The Lady Jackets posted a 51-43 win and the Jackets edged the Knights, 54-53.
In the opener, the Buford girls, 5-1, built an early edge and stayed on top for the eight-point win.
BHS, key by Carley Bailey’s nine first-period points, led 13-9 and stretched its advantage to 25-17 at the half.
Buford owned a 38-32 lead with a period to play and held on for the 51-43 victory.
Bailey and Erica Blackmon teamed for 37 points – Bailey 19 and Blackmon 18.
Bailey had six rebounds to go with four assists and three steals. Blackmon had eight rebounds and three steals.
Megan Deese had eight and Tatyana Stewart netted four. Gabby Davis added two with 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Morgan Bass led NCHS with 17, including five treys. Brianna Brown added 16. North Central nailed eight treys.
“We were happy to get a win,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “Our girls played hard and it was important because North Central played its best game of the season.”
In the boys game, Buford won a squeaker, taking a 54-53 win.
The game was tied at 13-all after one period and BHS, with an 18-9 run, took a 31-22 halftime lead.
The Jackets held a 40-34 edge after three periods.
In the final period, NC’s Banyon Sullivan hit a basket to tie the game at 53-all.
Dee Williams, with four seconds left, then hit one of two free throws to lift BHS to the win.
“This wasn’t a win for style points, but it was a win and we will take it,” BHS coach Neil Couch said. “We found a way to get a tough win. I was proud of our guys the way they hung in there for the victory.”
Buford hosts Great Falls tonight, with the girls’ game at 6:30 p.m. and the boys at 8.
– Heath Joplin
Warriors sweep Lions
The Indian Land Lady Warriors used a fast start to fuel their first win of the 2012-2013 basketball season on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Lewisville High School.
The Lady Warriors, with balanced scoring, rolled to a 28-6 halftime lead on the way to a 60-29 win.
“We were able to get our transition game going,” IL girls coach Natasha Farmer said. “We were more aggressive and that led to steals and easy baskets.”
Kate Komorous paced the IL girls with 15 points, 11 in the second half, to go with seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.
Kendra Nesmith netted 12 points to go with three steals and three assists.
Shalyn Dougherty had 12 points and three steals.
Asha McIlwain and Jessica Reynolds each tallied six points and grabbed seven boards. Selena Stroble scored five. Ashley Shelton and Mi’Asia McCarter added two points each.
IL led 45-17 before posting the 31-point win.
Rekdya Anderson led Lewisville with 10 points.
In the boys game, sixth-ranked Indian Land improved to 7-1 on the season, taking a 52-50 win over Lewisville to cap a road sweep of the Lions.
Lewisville owned a 43-39 after three periods, but the Warriors ignited with a key 13-7 spurt to net the win.
“We got in some early foul trouble and our bench responded in key situations,” Indian Land coach Nate Smith said. “Chris Barnes had some key points and made some clutch plays.
“This was a good, tough game against an old region rival which is well-coached,” Smith said. “I knew it would be a dogfight and it was.”
Darnell Rodgers and Lee McCall each hit 10 points. Rokym Felder netted nine as did Hayden Sawyer. Chris Barnes scored eight and Connie Butler added six.
Dre Bailey led the Lions with 15 and Cody Montgomery added 10.
– Robert Howey