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IL sweeps Rock Hill in prep hoops

By Robert Howey



The Indian Land Warriors garnered a pair of impressive hardwood scalps in Tuesday night prep basketball.

IL, on a road trip to Class AAAA Rock Hill, twice topped the Bearcats twice.

The Lady Warriors opened the varsity sweep with a 58-44 win and the Warriors capped play with a 79-71 victory.

The Warriors improved to 3-2 on the season with their eight-point win.

“The third period has been our Achilles heal this season, but we came out strong in this game,” IL coach Nate Smith said.

The Warriors, bolstered by Terrell Rodgers’ 18 first half points, held a 36-33 edge on the Bearcats at the break.

IL outscored Rock Hill 25-22 in the third period to hold a 61-55 spread before taking the 79-71 win.

“I thought we did of good job of matching their intensity,” Smith said. “They might have underestimated us, and our guys were determined. Terrell Rodgers wasn’t going to let us lose.”

Rodgers, who scored 35 points, hit 17 in the second half. He had a pair of treys.

Hayden Sawyer scored 17 and Darnell Rodgers hit 11. Jarrell Robinson added eight points and 10 rebounds.

Drew Richardson and Marty Cauthen each had three points and Cameron Davis added two points.

“This was a good win for us and we’re just trying to build momentum for the start of the region schedule when we begin play in January,” Smith said.

Rock Hill was led by B.J. Hemphill’s 15 points. Savon Thoms added 12.

“I felt defense was the key,” Smith said.

The Warriors hit 27 of 39 free throws, while Rock Hill netted 16 of 24.

In the girls game, the Lady Warriors also posted a solid win in a 14-point victory.

Indian Land forged a 28-17 lead at the break and used a 20-14 surge in the third period to take a 48-31 lead.

“We put a lot of pressure on them and kept the pressure on,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “Our guards handled the ball and we had good balanced scoring.”

Jessica Floyd led a balanced IL attack with 15, 10 in the second half.

Hannah Harris hit 11, seven in the opening half, and Mariah Williams had 10, eight in the first half.

Brittney Montgomery finished with eight and Khadejah Sistare scored six.

Toi Lathan and Kelsey Young had four points each. Rock Hill was paced by Zickinya Knox’s 10 points.

Indian Land stays on the road as the Warriors venture to Fort Mill to face the Yellow Jackets at 6 p.m.

The Lady Warriors will play in a holiday tournament in Rock Hill where they face Fairfield Central of Winnsboro on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Play continues Monday and Tuesday in Rock Hill.

In games tonight, Lancaster visits Chester, AJ hosts North Central and Buford is home to Great Falls.