Warriors scalp BHS twice

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IL takes two wins from rival Jackets

By Eric Rowell

INDIAN LAND – Indian Land earned a pair of county and league scalps, sweeping Conference III-A foe Buford on Friday night in the Warriors’ gym.

The IL boys, 4-10, 2-3, posted a 65-52 win after the Lady Warriors rolled to a 77-30 decision.

The Warriors started strong, bolting to a 17-0 lead to take a 20-3 lead on the Jackets after the opening period.

Buford battled back to make it a 15-point game, 37-22 at the break.

The Jackets came out firing to open the second half and used an 11-5 run close the Warriors’ edge to 41-33.

“Buford made a good comeback and made a run at us,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “This is always a tough game, but I felt we played with great intensity. We got a little lax in the second half, but Buford had something to do with that because they came at us hard.”

BHS’s Qua Reid, coming off a 33-point effort in the Jackets’ 60-50 home league win over North Central on Thursday, rallied the visitors in the third period, netting 13 points.

IL answered and held a 52-41 lead with a period to play before taking the 13-point win.

“We struggled with Indian Land’s pressure, but I felt we did a better job rebounding in the second half,” BHS assistant coach Jimmy Clyburn said.

The Warriors used balanced scoring to seal the issue.

Ted Boston and Terrell Rogers each hit 12 points. Jarrell Robinson scored 11, nine in the second half. Marcus Williams hit eight. Justin Gordon, Trey McKinney and Tre Harvey each netted five points. Dimitri Anthony added four and Jay Edge scored three.

Reid’s 23 led Buford. Logan McDowell hit 10 and Desmond McGriff scored nine. Marcus Brown had seven. Anthony Williams had two and Donald Kirkley finished with one point.

In the girls’ game, Indian Land rallied from a slow start to notch an impressive win over the BHS Lady Jackets.

The IL girls, 11-5, 5-0, snapped an 8-all draw with a 12-2 run in the first period to take control on the way to a 77-30 win.

Mariah Williams, the hero of IL’s thrilling 48-47 road win over Chesterfield with the winning free throw on Thursday night, sparked the key surge as she netted seven of the next 10 points.

Williams hit a game-high 27 points, 16 in the second half, to spark the Lady Warriors.

“Our defensive pressure made a difference for us,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “Our defense sparked our offense.”

IL led 37-18 at the break and turned up the defensive pressure in the second half to allow BHS only 12 points.

“We played well in spurts, but Indian Land’s transition game hurt us,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said. “We have to play well for 32 minutes.”

Hannah Harris hit 14 to aid the IL cause. Amanda Gullickson netted eight. Alyssa Thomas had seven and Tameka Robinson scored six. Shelby McConnell added five. Jelisa Gordon and Brittany Montgomery hit four apiece. Tia Johnson added two points.

Buford, which fell to 2-4 in league play, was led by Janay Blackmon’s 10 points. Carley Bailey hit eight. Jena Hallman scored four. Hannah Knight tallied three. Daphne Honeycutt and Kendall Boone added two points each. Kirsten Cauthen had one.

Indian Land hosts Lewisville on Tuesday.

Buford, idle Tuesday, visits Lewisville on Thursday night.