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Warriors top Lions twice

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IL teams solid in road sweep of Lewisville

By Eric Rowell

RICHBURG – The Indian Land Warriors were on the money in their Conference III-A 2009 basketball opener in Richburg.

The Warriors took two from the host Lewsiville Lions, with both IL teams prevailing in convincing fashion Friday night.

The Warriors capped the sweep with a 64-46 win after the Lady Warriors scalped the Lewisville girls 56-14.

In the nightcap, the Warriors forged an early lead and steadily pulled away for the 18-point win.

Indian Land held a 15-14 lead after one period and took a 27-22 halftime edge. The Warriors used a 17-9 third-period run to take a 44-31 edge and cruised to the win.

Indian Land freshman guard Terrell Rogers paced the Warriors, hitting 27 points, which included four treys. Rogers netted 16 first-half points.

“Rogers’ play was great,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “Justin Gordon also had a big game for us and continues to improve.”

Gordan hit 12 points and Marcus Williams scored 10 points. Tre Harvey had seven points. Keyadd Miller and Trey McKinney each added four points.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve come in here and won,” Smith said. “This is for our seniors who haven’t had a win here in their careers.

“We also have to build on this momentum with this road win and seek to continue to play well,” Smith said.

The Lions were led by Jaquese Lightner who hit 11 points.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Warriors broke open the game with a torrid second-period run.

Indian Land owned a 22-8 lead at the break, but used a 24-0 run in the third period to take control of the game.

IL sophomore guard Mariah Williams hit 16 second-half points, including eight in the pivotal third period, to propel the Lady Warriors to the insurmountable lead.

“We had a slow start, but we picked up our defensive play in the second half,” IL coach Tamara Jacobus said. “We were able to force some turnovers which led to some scoring opportunities for us.”

Indian Land outscored Lewisville 34-6 in the second half to take the 42-point win.

Alyssa Thomas tallied eight points, six in the third period, and Shelby McConnell scored nine, six in the third quarter.

Jelisa Gordan generated 11. Tameka Robinson and Brittany Montgomery each scored four points. Hannah Harris and Jessica Floyd added two points each.

Erica Hefley led the Lady Lions with nine points.

Indian Land continues Conference III-A play Tuesday when the Warriors host McBee at 6 p.m.

On Friday,  the Warriors venture to Great Falls to battle the Red Devils.