Vols rally, give Reeves 300th victory

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Win over Warriors nets milestone

By The Staff

Andrew Jackson rallied in the final period to present Volunteers’ veteran boys basketball coach Dale Reeves with his 300th career win on Tuesday night.

Reeves’ milestone win highlighted play Tuesday when AJ, down 42-40, made a late run to seal the win.

AJ, down 42-40 after three periods, outscored the host Indian Land Warriors 19-12 in the final eight minute to take the 59-54 comeback win.

The Vols’ win gave AJ a split after the Lady Warriors took a 59-35 win.

The Vols, up 15-13 after one period, held a 32-25 lead at the half, but the Warriors rallied to take a 42-40 lead. The Vols’ charge was aided by senior guard Justin Sellers, who hit six of his 11 points in the final period. Omar Truesdale and Ryan Miller each hit two key free throws to seal the issue.

Truesdale hit 15 to pace AJ, while Miller netted 13.

“We made 10 clutch free throws in the final period to boost our win,” said Reeves, a 17-year coaching veteran who coached 15 seasons at Camden High before moving to AJ. “I didn’t know I had 300 wins until they poured water on me at the end of the game. I was proud of the way we stood up and regained the lead after Indian Land took it. We  didn’t lose our focus when we could have.

“Omar had one of his best games and Ryan and Justin played well,” Reeves said. “Indian Land is a well-coached team and their guards are outstanding, We’re happy to get a road win. Getting a win over Indian Land was good enough, but getting a milestone win is good. It just means you’ve been in coaching a while.”

Tremaine Jackson, who hit a key trey in the final period, finished with nine points. Daniel Wright and Drew Gardner had four each. Robert Massey hit two and Cory Ingram added one.

Terrell Rogers led the Warriors with a game-high 18. Jarell Robinson chipped in 17 points. Tre Harvey hit nine. Dimitri Anthony scored four. Trey McKinney, Jay Edge and Keyadd Miller added two points each.

In the girls’ game, IL prevailed, taking a 59-35 win. IL led 42-25 after three periods before taking the win.

Mariah Williams and Alyssa Thomas hit 13 each to lead IL. Briana Wright’s 22 points led AJ.

AJ ventures to Lancaster tonight for a rematch with the Bruins, who dropped a twin bill to Nation Ford on Tuesday night.

u Nation Ford made the most of its visit to the Lancaster High School gym on Tuesday night, sweeping a twin bill from LHS.

The Lady Bruins dropped a 55-48 loss to the Lady Falcons.

In the nightcap, Nation Ford was able to gain the early lead and stayed ahead for the 71-65 win. The Falcons were able to hold a narrow lead, but protected it to the finish for the six-point victory.

Sam Hirsch, who hit 10 points in the final half, led the Falcons with 23. Hirsch hit six-of-six free throws in the final eight minutes.

T.J. Jones netted 18, 14 in the second half. Shawndell Payton scored 14.

Lancaster, winless in regular-season play, was paced by Garrett Thompson, who hit 21 points – 14 in the second half. Mike Catoe tallied nine and Shurdell Wright finished with eight. Xavier Holloway posted six. Tray Ingram, Gerard Brace and Ron Trapps hit five points apiece. Nehemiah Stewart netted three points. Jonathan McGriff tallied two points and Avery Harris hit one.

“Nation Ford is a much improved team over last season,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “It was another tough, close game. We have to learn from our mistakes and keep working to get better,” he said.

Nation Ford used a comeback attack to post a 55-48 win over the Lancaster Lady Bruins in the opener.

Lancaster, which rallied from an early deficit, held a 36-33 edge going into the final eight minutes, but the Lady Falcons ignited to take the seven-point win.

NFHS’s Katie Kozlowski netted 20 points, six in the final period, to pace the winners.

“Nation Ford came on strong in the fourth quarter,” Lancaster High girls’ coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We tried to get a hand in their face, but they shot the basketball real well.”

Tamesha Fletcher led the LHS girls with 10 points. Quana Jones hit nine and Shannon Truesdale scored seven to boost the Lady Bruins’ offense. Almesha Catoe and Tara Tipton tallied six each. Dimaya Jones hit five. Eldrina McIlwain had three and Cherrell Cousar added two points.