Warriors roll, stay unbeaten in region

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County Basketball Roundup

By The Staff



Indian Land stayed unbeaten in early season Region IV-AA play, posting an 82-66 home win over fifth-rated Lee Central on Friday night.

The Warriors’ 16-point home win improved IL to 7-6, 2-0 in league play.

The Lady Warriors dropped their first league loss in a 52-48 setback in the varsity opener.

The boys’ game featured a strong finish for the Warriors, who used a 29-16 final quarter, to notch the victory over the Stallions.

“Hard work helped us get this win,” IL assistant coach Shanta Rodgers said. “We played a solid game and our defense was a key factor in the win.”

Warriors’ junior guard Terrell Rodgers, who paced IL with 30, hit 11 in the decisive fourth quarter to spark the win. Rodgers netted 18 in the second half, including a 9 of 10 effort at the free throw line.

The Warriors were 27 of 38 at the foul line for the game, including an 18 of 21 effort at the stripe in the second half.

Indian Land led 19-15 at the end of one period and took a 37-36 lead at the half.

The game was close after three quarters, with the Warriors up, 53-50.

IL took charge in the final eight minutes with Rodgers netting 11 points, including nine at the foul line.

“This was a big win for us and our guys stepped up in the clutch,” Warriors’ coach Nate Smith said. “Lee Central is a power in our conference and Class AA basketball, but we met the challenge.”

The Warriors used a balanced attack to earn the win, with five players in double figures. Terrell Rodgers led IL with 30. Rashid McGriff scored 15 and Jarrell Robinson, in his second game back after returning from surgery, scored 14. Darnell Rodgers finished with 11. Hayden Sawyer  scored 10. Shaq Lathan added two points.

The Stallions, 7-3, 2-1, were led by Alonzo Holmes’ 20. Zesmond Reames hit 12 and Walter Hill had 11.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Warriors used a late run to tie the game, but Lee Central, 4-7, 2-1, held on for the narrow win.

The Lady Stallions led 38-31 heading into the final period, but the IL girls ignited on a 15-8 run to tie the game at 46-all with 1:02 to play.

A 9-0 run, started by a Hannah Harris trey, and capped by a Mariah Williams’ trey, keyed the late Lady Warriors’ surge to stalemate the game.

Williams led IL with 24, 18 in the second half. Harris hit six.

At that point, LC answered with a 6-2 spurt to seal the win.

“We came out flat in the first period, but played hard and made a good comeback,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “Against a good team, you can’t wait to get started.”

Genevieve Hammett led the Lady Stallions with 27, 16 in the first half when LC held a 30-18 lead at the break.

Williams led IL with 24. Jessica Floyd finished with eight and Harris hit six. Khadejah Sistare scored five. Kelsey Young and Lindsay Johnson added two points each. Toi Latham netted one.

Indian Land visits county and region rival Buford on Tuesday.

The Warriors travel to Cheraw on Friday night.

AJ Vols win, halt skid

Andrew Jackson snapped a five-game losing skid, using a late surge to take a 55-45 win over Central High of Pageland on Friday night.

The Volunteers’ 10-point win over the rival Eagles gave AJ a split of the Region IV-AA twin bill.

“To go on the road and get a win at Central was a boost for us,” AJ coach Dale Reeves said. “We had a strong defensive game and had nine players score in a team effort.”

AJ, tied at 14-all after one period, broke loose in the second period to forge a 29-25 lead at the break.

The Vols, 4-10, 1-1, built a 43-35 lead after three quarters before taking the double-digit win.

AJ senior Tremaine Jackson paced the Vols with 14 points and Dustin Eddins netted 11.

“Dustin Eddins had a solid game for us and Robert Massey played well on both ends of the floor,” Reeves said.

Massey scored seven points and hauled down 10 rebounds for AJ.

Wade Eubanks hit eight and Quincy Grier chipped in five. Bobby Delly scored four and LeMarcus Bracy had three points.

Chris Harris had two and Chris White tallied one.

“We’ve had some tough games in the late few weeks, but were able to get a good team effort,” Reeves said. “I hope we can use this win as a spark in region play.”

Central, which fell to 0-2 in region play, was led by Jiwan Funderburk’s 15 points. Quinton Wallace added 10 for the Eagles.

In the girls’ game, AJ fell to 0-2 with a 38-36 loss to the Central girls.

The Lady Eagles hit key foul shots in the final 1:20 to earn the victory.

“We had some chances, but didn’t take advantage,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “The key was our free-throw shooting. We were 1 for 10 at the line in the last quarter and you can’t expect to win with an effort like that. We didn’t shoot well.”

Sherrie Thompson led Central with 15 and Danielle Moore scored 12.

Kristen Rutledge led AJ with nine. McKenzie Horton and Bre Wright each tallied eight. Dareisha Sowell scored seven and Elizabeth Scott added four.

The Lady Vols fell to 9-4, 0-2 in region play.

AJ hosted Indian Land in a make-up game Saturday. The Vols visit Lee Central on Tuesday.

AJ hosts Buford on Friday night.

Jackets drop pair

Buford dropped a road twin bill on a visit to Cheraw in Region IV-AA play on Friday night.

The BHS boys are 0-2 in region play after falling in a 75-46 loss to the Braves, 10-4, 2-1.

Cheraw, on top 21-16 at the half, took control in the third period with a 25-13 charge to gain a 46-29 edge with a period to play.

The Braves kept the upper hand for the 29-point win.

Malik Sellers sparked the CHS boys with 24 points, including six treys. Demetrius Holiday hit 18 and grabbed 11 rebounds. Demetrius Miller added 13 points. Rashad Merriman had six points and 11 rebounds.

Logan Segee led the Buford attack with 20 points. Marcus Brown hit eight points and had 10 boards.

Donovan Lang, Desmond McGriff, Dee Williams and Brett Estridge each tallied three points.

Jacob Jamison, Johnathon Soliman and Qua Truesdale each scored two points.

In the girls’ game, Cheraw rallied from a 16-12 first-quarter deficit with a 21-3 second quarter showing to gain a 33-19 lead at the half.

“We had some crucial turnovers in the second period which allowed them to take command of the game,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said. “I thought we played extremely hard with good intensity.

“Our free-throw shooting was off, but that’s an area we will work on to improve.”

Jameka Buchanan led Cheraw with 14 points, 16 rebounds, 11 steals and three blocked shots. Crystal Owens scored 15 and Whitney Bostic hit 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Danesha McCray, who tallied five points, posted 13 boards.

Carley Bailey led the Lady Jackets with 18, 14 in the second half. Kendall Boone hit 16, 10 in the first half. Hannah Knight scored seven. Daphne Honeycutt and Erica Blackmon had two each. Megan Deese and Brittany Faulkner had one each.

Buford will seek to rebound as the Jackets host county and region rival Indian Land on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Buford also plays Wednesday when the Jackets will travel to Pageland to face the Eagles.

BHS travels to Andrew Jackson on Friday night.