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Vols rally to clip Caps

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Third period run keys AJ in 62-46 win

By Dylan Knight

KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson prevailed in a game of hoops surges to down Columbia in a Conference IV-AA basketball split on Friday night.

The AJ boys rallied from an early hole to finish strong in a 62-46 win over the Capitols.

The opener was a downer as the Lady Caps ignited early and rolled to a 50-15 victory over the Lady Vols.

In the nightcap, the Vols started slow, but steadily came around to notch the league win to improve to 9-4, 2-1.

The third period was the difference for the AJ boys, who held a 31-30 lead at the break.

AJ used a 19-8 third-quarter charge, which was fueled by a 12-0 run in the period, to take control.

“We started the game off sloppy, much like we practiced,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “I’m not sure what it was, maybe because we hadn’t practiced much this week because of the exam schedule and we weren’t in school today, but we did a good job of picking up the pace in the second half.

“The first period was about as bad as we have played this season,” Reeves said. “Then in the third period, we came out and had our best quarter of the season.

“Justin, Ryan and Tremaine played well and did a good job of sparking our offense,” Reeves said. “Our defense was also a key in the third quarter. We were able to force a number of turnovers which led to some easy scores and turned the momentum in our favor.

“Our play in the third period was a boost,” he said. “It took us a while to get started, but once we did, we were on track.”

Miller, Jackson and Sellers teamed to hit 44 of AJ’s points. Miller and Jackson netted 15 each to lead the Vols. Sellers supplied 14. O’marr Truesdale scored seven.

Daniel Wright finished with five points and Drew Gardner generated four. Cory Ingram added two for the Vols.

Kent Johnson and Justin Metze scored 10 points each for the Caps.

“This was a key win for us and sets up a big game with Central of Pageland on Tuesday,” Reeves said. “We know we have to play a complete game and be on top of our game for four quarters against Central.”

In the girls game, the Lady Caps forged a 13-2 lead after one period and held a 27-12 spread at the half.

Columbia used an 11-2 charge in the third period to take control for the win.

Jasmine Harris hit 15 to lead Columbia.

AJ was led by Jazzy Gripper and Rachael Dippel who scored six points each. Ashley Aiello netted two points and Porcha Howard hit one.

“The slow start put us in a real tough situation,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “This is an outstanding region for girls basketball and each night you have to have a complete game, or it’s going to be a tough battle.”