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Warriors sweep Braves in region play

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IL teams triumph

By Eric Rowell

 

INDIAN LAND – Indian Land, in different ways, took two on the hardwood from visiting Cheraw High School on Friday, Jan. 31.

The Lady Warriors, with clutch play in the waning seconds, notched a hard-fought 55-54 comeback win over the Lady Braves.

The boys’ game wasn’t nearly as close as the Warriors rolled to a 96-65 win over the Braves.

The No. 3 IL boys, 12-4, 5-0, trailed in the early stages, 16-11, but picked up the pace to gain a 33-27 lead at the break with a 22-11 second-quarter surge.

The Warriors continued to roll in the second half to give them a 62-45 lead with a period to play before taking the 31-point win.

“This was a great win for out team,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We played well, but we knew that was important because we know Cheraw always gives us a battle.”

Smith noted the Warriors’ defense on Zack Sellers was vital in the IL victory.

“Sellers scored his share, but I felt our guys did a good job of slowing him down out there,” Smith said. “Lee McCall gave us outstanding leadership.”

Darnell Rogers led the Warriors with 28 points, 21 after the break. Lee McCall hit 22, 16 in the first half, with 12 in the second quarter.

Damien Foreman netted 15 and Derries Hampton scored 10.

Quantra Taylor hit eight points. Brandon Sellers scored four. Mark Martin and Brandon Barnes each had three points.

Chuck Webb finished with two and Jake Dyer added one.

Sellers hit 22 to pace the Braves. Dalion Taylor added 10 points for CHS.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Warriors, 6-9, 2-3, made key plays in the late stages to take the one-point win.

Jessica Reynolds, who led IL with 17 – nine in the second half, hit a jumper with 30 seconds to play to put IL up, 55-53.

The Lady Braves answered with a free throw and IL held on for the narrow win.

“Our girls showed great determination tonight to finish the game,” IL coach Natasha Farmer said. “I told our girls it was going to who wanted it the most and we responded with a great win.”

Cheraw held a 27-23 lead at the break, but the Lady Warriors opened the second half with a 5-0 spurt to gain a 28-27 edge. Kate Komorous, who hit 16 – eight in each half, netted a trey to five the IL girls a 28-27 advantage.

From that point, it was a tight game, with Reynolds hitting the clutch bucket.

Reynolds’ 17 led the Warriors. Komorous hit 16. 

Mary McGunegle and Shalyn Dougherty  each scored eight points. Monae Brown had four and Bailey Penegar posted two points.

Daebreon McIver led Cheraw with a game-high 19 points, 11 in the second half.

Indian Land is back in action Monday, Feb. 3 when the Warriors host the Buford Jackets.

The Warriors visit Chesterfield High School on Tuesday, Feb. 4 to face the Rams.