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IL tops Cheraw

By Ernie Rowell

 

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INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Warriors returned home and rebounded in a big way to sweep a Region IV-AA basketball win over Cheraw on Saturday night.

The reset twin bill, postponed with the winter storm last month, came less than 24 hours after the Warriors dropped a pair of league losses to Lee Central High of Bishopville.

The Warriors were on top of their game Saturday when the IL girls, in a solid showing, posted a 56-48 win over the CHS girls to launch the broom job.

The IL boys, keeping their hopes alive in the region title race, rallied late for a 65-60 comeback win over the Braves.

The nightcap went down to the wire, with the game locked in a 60-all draw with eight seconds to play.

The Warriors had possession with a minute to play and worked the clocked down for the possible game-winning bucket.

IL junior Terrell Rodgers, who paced the winners with 37 points, hit a shot with seven seconds left for a 62-60 lead.

Cheraw couldn’t convert on the other end and Rodgers retrieved a loose ball and then fired a long three just before the buzzer to seal the 65-60 win.

“It was great to get back in the win column after a tough loss on Friday night,” IL assistant coach Shawnta Rodgers said. “We kept our focus and fought to the end and made key plays.”

The Warriors faced a challenge as Cheraw built an early lead, taking a 16-8 spread after one period.

The CHS boys, coming off a road loss at Buford High School on Friday night, led 30-22 at the break.

 The Braves were up 46-45 going to the final eight minutes, but the Warriors rallied for the exciting victory to push their league mark to 7-1.

Rodgers scored 25 of his game-high 37 points in the final half.

Hayden Sawyer scored 12 and Shaq Lathan added eight. Rashid McGriff tallied six and Marty Cauthen added two.

Malik Sellers led CHS with 13. Demetrius Holiday hit 11.

Rashad Merriman and Aaron Robinson each scored 10 to aid the Braves.

In the varsity opener, the Lady Warriors also notched a league win, taking a 56-48 victory over the Lady Braves.

The IL girls took the early lead and steadily built its margin in posting the eight-point win.

Senior Hannah Harris hit a pair of treys in the opening period to key the Indian Land girls to a 19-15 lead.

The Warriors held a 28-23 spread at the break and used a 13-8 surge in the third period to gain a 41-31 edge.

“We had a great team effort,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “This was our best game of the season and we’re starting to play better at a key point in the season.”

Mariah Williams led IL with 19 points and Jessica Floyd hit 15. Harris and Kelsey Young scored six each. Brittney Montgomery and Shelby McConnell added five points each.

Jameka Buchanan led the Lady Braves with 24.

Indian Land capped regular-season play with a trip to Central of Pageland

on Tuesday and a home game with Buford on IL senior night Thursday.