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York sweep spoils ILHS's gym debut

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By Eric Rowell

INDIAN LAND – York spoiled Indian Land’s debut in the new Warriors’ gym in a high school basketball sweep Tuesday night.

The Cougars clawed the IL teams twice – 90-56 in the nightcap after the York girls cruised to a 60-29 win.

York shot to a 22-9 lead in the opening period and held a 44-22 lead at the break. The Warriors used a 9-5 run to open the second half to make it 49-31, but couldn’t get closer in the nightcap.

York, up 64-37 after three periods, cruised to the 90-56 win.

“We came out flat tonight,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “York is a well-coached team and they just took us out of our game and forced us to shoot from outside. We just couldn’t connect.”

O.B. Love led the Cougars, with 32 points, 23 in the opening half. Daniel Dixon hit 11 and Jason Kennon added 10 points.

Travis Anderson and Justin Gordon each hit 11 points to pace the Warriors. Jeffrey Williams hit nine. Ted Boston followed with eight. Marcus Williams chipped in seven points. Tai Young had four and Andy Sawyer scored three. Keyadd Miller added two and Karl Watson tallied one for IL.

In the girls’ game, York bolted to a 21-4 first-period lead and cruised to a 60-29 win over the Lady Warriors.

York owned a 31-12 lead at the break and held a 46-22 edge after three periods.

“We’re a young team and started off jittery in the opening period,” Indian Land girls coach Tamara Jacobus said. “We didn’t execute in the first period.”

Shelby McConnell, who had four points, scored all of her points in the Lady Warriors’ first period.

“We just need to execute better in our offense,” Jacobus said.

Tikierra Anderson led the Class AAAA Lady Cougars with 18 points, 11 coming in the first half. Erika Shannon netted 11, nine in the opening half.

Jelesa Gordon paced the Lady Warriors with eight points. Mykela Hallum followed with six points.

Alyssa Thomas, Paige Brugh and McConnell each hit four points for the Lady Warriors. Mariah Williams chipped in three points.

“I thought once we got in the game, we did a good job of executing our offense,” Jacobus said. “It took some time for us to get going, but I thought we played better as the game wore on. York is a challenge, but playing that type competition can only make us better.”

Indian Land is back in action tonight when the Warriors host Nation Ford of Fort Mill.

The Warriors also host county rival Buford High School on Friday night.