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CHESTERFIELD – Seventh-ranked Indian Land improved to 2-0 in Region IV-AA play with a 67-56 road win over Chesterfield on Friday, Jan. 11.
The Warriors, 13-2, bolted to a 22-6 lead after one period, but the Rams came back and made it a battle.
CHS used a 12-6 second-period run to shave the Warriors’ lead to 28-18. IL led 45-35 after three periods before posting the 11-point win over the Braves.
“We had an excellent first quarter, an outstanding start, but in the second period we didn’t play our game and it was a 10-point game at the half. It was a case of not playing our game and playing their game,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We made some key adjustments at the half and we were able to get back into our game.”
Rakym Felder, who led IL with 19, netted 16 in the second half to boost the Warriors.
“I thought Brandon Barnes gave us a spark and rebounded well,” Smith said. “Lee McCall provided us some needed energy.
“Our guards are solid and they also picked up the intensity in the second half,” Smith said.
Darnell Rodgers netted nine, seven in the second half, and added eight assists.
Connor Butler hit 10 and McCall had seven points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Haydan Sawyer, in IL’s balanced attack, netted 11.
Chris Barnes added seven and Brandon Barnes scored four with five rebounds.
“Our scoring was balanced and when we do that, you can’t just focus on one or two players,” Smith said.
D. Allsbrooks hit 12 and C. Jackson netted 13 for Chesterfield.
AJ Vols drop pair
Andrew Jackson’s Region IV-AA basketball road trip to Cheraw was rough going for the Volunteers teams Friday night, Jan. 11.
The Vols dropped both ends of the league twin bill.
The No. 8 AJ girls fell to the Lady Braves, 44-35 and the Vols dropped a 60-55 loss to the CHS boys.
The Vols, in the nightcap, trailed 32-29 at the break, but came on strong in the third period to gain a 44-39 edge on a 15-7 surge.
Wade Eubanks hit six of his 15 points in the third quarter to spark AJ.
The Braves had an answer and rallied to earn the 60-55 win.
“Cheraw played hard and hit their threes,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “I was proud of the way we kept fighting, but we had a few turnovers and missed some key shots.”
Zach Sellers and Justin Chapman, who hit four threes, each hit 16 to lead CHS. Rashad Merriman added 14 for the Braves.
Avalon Truesdale led No. 9 AJ with 16 points, eight in each half. Wade Eubanks netted 15, nine in the first half. Dustin Eddins followed with 11 and Quadarius Fair hit nine, seven in the final period. Cameron McIsaac and Kolby Whitley each had two points.
In the girls’ game, Cheraw won a battle of top 10 teams.
The No. 4 Lady Braves rallied to gain a 44-35 win over eighth-ranked AJ.
Cheraw owned a 23-18 lead at the break, but the Lady Vols rallied in the third quarter to forge a 31-29 edge. The game was tight to the finish before the Lady Braves pulled out the league win.
Cheraw used a 6-0 run to open the final period to gain control.
Alicia McIver led CHS with 13 points, five in the pivotal fourth quarter. Danesha McCrey and Crystal Owens each had 10 points.
AJ was led by Dareisha Sowell’s 16 points, 11 in the first half. Summer Vick hit seven, including a pair of treys. Elizabeth Scott and McKenzie Horton had four points apiece. Anslee McDow and Bre Wright had two points each.
“We couldn’t get our shots to fall,” AJ coach Kelly Phillips said. “They packed their zone in on us and forced us to shoot outside and we couldn’t connect.”
The Vols host Chesterfield in region play Tuesday night.
Jackets drop two
Buford dropped a pair of region basketball games to Central of Pageland on Friday night, Jan. 11.
The Lady Eagles downed the BHS Lady Jackets, 63-57 and the CHS boys topped the Jackets, 63-59.
In the nightcap, the Eagles rallied in the second half to gain the four-point win.
Buford held a 31-29 lead at the half, but Central responded with a 14-9 third-period surge to take a 43-40 lead with a period to play.
The final period was close, with the Eagles holding on for the close win.
Central, down by two at the break, rallied in the second half with a 9-2 spurt to gain a 38-33 lead and the Eagles stayed on top.
“Our guys played hard, but the little things hurt us,” Buford boys coach Neil Couch said. “We missed some key foul shots.
“Those little things are areas we have to correct to finish games and win,” Couch said.
Dee Williams, who hit 15 points, netted 11 in the final period to keep the Jackets close.
Kholby Pate also had 15, 12 in the first half, and drained five treys. Silas Moore hit 12, including two treys.
Mikeem McKinney netted 10 in the Jackets’ balanced attack. Orantez Coleman chipped in five and Corey Bracey finished with two points.
Deaven Johnson led Central with 18. Dre Wright scored 14 and Mitch Meadows netted 10 points.
In the girls’ game, Central rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit, 39-29, to gain a 63-57 win.
Central ignited in the third period with a 22-10 run to gain a 51-49 lead.
Central charged with a 14-4 surge to open the third period to tie the game at 43-all before posting the win.
Malia Rivers paced Central with 30 points, 16 in the second half. Rivers netted 10 in the third period to boost the Lady Eagles.
Bianca Wallace scored 21 points, 12 in the first half. Prianca Little netted nine, with seven coming in the third period. Dru Burch added three for the CHS girls.
Mikayla Hannah hit two free throws with six minutes to play to tie the game at 51-all, but then the Lady Eagles rallied on a 12-6 spurt to seal the victory.
Erica Blackmon led Buford with 22 points, 19 in the first half. Gabby Davis scored 19, 16 in the first period. Carley Bailey netted eight. Arianna Ray scored four.
Hannah and Stewart scored two points each.
“We had a solid effort, but we missed on some easy looks and key free throws,” Buford coach T.J. Armbrust said. “Overall, we didn’t shoot the ball well enough to win the game and Central hit their shots.”
Buford visits Cheraw on Tuesday.
In the junior varsity boys game, Central edged Buford, 39-32.
The Junior Jackets, 4-4, trailed 26-18 at the half before dropping the seven-point loss.
Dru Rollings led the Buford junior varsity player with nine points. Brandon Joplin scored seven. Christian Joplin and Wade Lambert each had six points. Christian Catledge and D.J. Stradford each added two points for BHS.
The Jackets jayvee teams host Cheraw on Monday.