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The Indian Land and Buford girls teams each posted Conference III-A basketball wins in make-up games on Thursday night.
The IL girls, who host Buford tonight at 7, took an exciting 48-47 win, while Buford downed North Central 46-42.
Williams keys IL win
Indian Land’s Mariah Williams hit a free throw with 6.6 seconds to play to lift the Lady Warriors to a 48-47 win over sixth-ranked Chesterfield on Thursday night.
The game was played Thursday after being postponed Tuesday due to the winter storm.
Williams led the seventh-rated Lady Warriors with 19 points, including nine in the third period.
“This was a big win for us,” IL girls coach Tamara Jacobus said. “Mariah hit a key free throw for us, but the big key was the third period.”
Chesterfield held a 22-16 lead at the break, but Indian Land outscored the Lady Rams 17-8 in the pivotal period to forge a 33-30 lead.
“We came out and turned up the defensive pressure,” Jacobus said.
The Lady Warriors also used balanced scoring to take the win, with Williams’ 19 leading the way. Hannah Harris and Jelisa Gordon each tallied eight points. Shelby McConnell chipped in seven points.
Jessica Floyd, Brittany Montgomery and Tameka Robinson each tallied two points.
Chesterfield was led by April Robson who scored 13. Brittany Owensby chipped in 10 points.
Buford tops Knights
Buford built an early lead and held off a North Central rally to take a 46-42 win over the Lady Knights.
The BHS girls, up 17-10 after one period, held a 29-14 edge at the break. North Central rallied to slice the Buford lead to 37-30.
The Lady Knights kept battling in the final period, but the Lady Jackets prevailed for the four-point victory.
“I thought we took care of the basketball and showed good intensity,” BHS girls coach T.J. Armbrust said. “North Central got in our heads a little bit in the second half, but we held our composure.”
Carley Bailey hit five of her seven points in the final period to aid BHS.
Kendall Boone posted a solid night, netting 12 points to go with nine rebounds and nine steals.
“I was real proud of Kendall because she was a rebound and a steal away from a triple double,” Armbrust said.
BHS also used a balanced attack to net the win. Boone hit 12. Janay Blackmon and Bailey each hit seven points. Hannah Knight and Kirsten Cauthen chipped in six each. Jena Hallman had four.
Daphne Honeycutt and Alicia Morris added two points each.
NC girls were was led by Liz Harrison with 14 points. Simone Bracey added 12.