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Warriors solid in first gym sweep

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By Eric Rowell

INDIAN LAND – Indian Land, in impressive fashion, added to its recent Warriors’ hoops history Friday night.Two days after posting the first win in the Lancaster County Class A school’s new gym, IL notched its first hardwood sweep taking two from Class AA county rival Buford.The Lady Warriors registered their first win in the new facility with a 50-34 win over the Lady Jackets in the varsity opener.The IL boys, who defeated Nation Ford of Fort Mill 50-45 for the school’s first win in the new gym on Wednesday, completed the hoops broom job in a 75-52 win over the Jackets.IL, 3-2, took control in the second period when it outscored the Jackets 25-10 to take a 39-19 lead.The Warriors’ Karl Watson keyed the charge, hitting nine of his 11 points in the pivotal period.“Our offense was patient and we hit our shots,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “Our defense was also strong and it keyed our transition offense. We picked up our intensity as the game wore on.”Andy Sawyer scored all of six points, drilling two treys to aid the Warriors’ second-period surge surge.“The atmosphere in here tonight was great,” Smith said. “The fans were into it and we fed off that emotion.”IL owned a 39-19 lead after three periods before posting the 27-point win.Travis Anderson led a balanced IL attack with 14 points. Watson netted 11. Justin Gordan and Ted Boston added nine each. Tai Young and Keyadd Miller hit eight each. Sawyer scored six, with Jeffrey Williams hitting five.Marcus Williams chipped in three. Darrell Smith and Zack Tardy each had one point.“We had a lot of people contribute,” Smith said. “It was a team win, which is what we have to have.”BHS, 0-1, was led by JoJo Morris who hit 19, 13 in the second half. Qua Reid followed with 16.Jabari Williams and Anthony Williams had three points each. Blake Larrimore, Logan McDowell, Michael Childers, Will Ford and Tavarius Brown added two points each. Andrew Riner added one point.“We played hard and hustled well out there,” BHS coach Jeff Moyer said. “We were beaten on the boards and we need to be more patient on offense. This was our first game, so we know we can work and improve, but I was pleased with our effort.”In the girls’ game, Indian Land registered its first win as it forged an early lead and steadily pulled away.The Lady Warriors held a 25-17 lead at the break and used a 20-8 third-period run to take control.“Our defense was on and was the difference in the game,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “We’ve been working on our defense and it showed. Our young players are making strides with every game.”Mykela Hallum led the IL girls with 18, 16 in the first half. Hannah Harris followed with nine. Mariah Williams and Jelesa Gordan had six each. Alyssa Thomas and Tameka Robinson tallied four each. Shelby McConnell chipped in three points.Brittany McCarter paced BHS with 13 and Janay Blackmon followed with eight points. Kendall Boone hit five and Amanda Truesdale added four points.Shanequal Blakeney and Lauren Pearson added two points each.“We struggled on offense tonight,” BHS coach Michelle Vestal said. “We have to protect the ball and reduce our turnovers.”BHS is back in action Monday when it visits McBee. The Jackets host North Central on Tuesday and Indian Land on Friday.The Warriors visit York on Tuesday night.