Bruins open region, sweep York

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By Robert Howey

Lancaster launched its Region III-AAAA hoops schedule with double delight on Friday night in York.
The Bruins took two from the host Cougars, with the girls winning 43-37 and the LHS boys rolling to a 70-48 victory.
The LHS boys, who have won three of their last four games – all away from home, started strong on the way to the 22-point win.
Lancaster, 6-7, 1-0, opened a 23-13 lead after one period and pushed their advantage to 40-26 at the break.
“It’s been about two weeks since our last game, but we came out and played well and continued throughout the game,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Our work over the break paid off.”
LHS, with a 17-9 third-quarter surge, led 57-35 after three periods before posting the solid win.
“Lancaster was aggressive from the start and played hard throughout the game,” York coach Justin Zalewski said. “Coach Priester had them ready to play and they were balanced. We couldn’t match their intensity and aggressive play.”
Janyle Pittman paced the Bruins with 18 and Omazeon Tinsley hit 12. Ji Brown scored 10.
Malik Witherspoon netted six, while CJ Ealy and Romeo Stevens added five points each. Kemarkio Cloud, Kadarian McCree and Phillip Mickles had four points each. Sean Truesdale added two points.
York, 1-12, 0-1, was led by Malik Proctor’s 15 points. Jevon Long scored 12 points and Darrion Dotson added eight points.
In the girls game, Lancaster, like the boys, opened an early lead and stayed on top for the six-point win.
The Lady Bruins, 5-5, 1-0, held a 13-7 lead after one period and extended the edge to 23-18 at the half.
The Lady Bruins used an 11-7 surge in the third quarter to take a 34-25 lead.
York battled back in the final quarter, but Lancaster held on for the six-point victory.
The Lady Bruins, who have won four of their last five games, were led by Kiara Roberts with 14 points and eight rebounds.
Tookey Mackey hit nine points to go with three rebounds and two assists. “Peaches” Coleman scored nine points and had two assists.
Nykie Mingo had six points and an assist. Candace Lynn had three points and three assists.
Yo’Maria Stevens scored two points and had an assist. Kendall Caskey grabbed five rebounds.
“We were a little sluggish coming off the holiday break, but we picked up our pace and played well to get our first region win,” LHS girls coach Ronnie Robinson said. “The key was coming out and taking the lead and staying in control.”
York was led by J. Lang with 19 points. R. Green had 14 points for the Lady Cougars.
Lancaster hosted Ridge View in its region home opener Tuesday night.