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Second-half spurts key LHS wins

By Ernie Rowell

 

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Second-half surges sparked the Lancaster Bruins to a Region III-AAAA basketball sweep of York on Monday, Jan. 14 in the LHS gym.

The Lady Bruins, with a smothering second-half defensive effort, rolled to a 52-23 win over the Lady Cougars in the opener.

The nightcap saw the Bruins cap the sweep with a 73-52 victory over the Cougars.

The LHS boys took control in the second half as junior guard Deuce Dunlap triggered the Bruins on a pivotal 26-17 run for a 55-38 lead after three periods.

Lancaster led 29-21 at the half before Dunlap, who netted four points in the first half, got going.

Dunlap netted 17 of his 20 second-half points in the third period when he drilled four treys. Dunlap hit 24 points to pace the Bruins.

LHS coach Ricardo Priester said the LHS defense played a key role in the win.

“We had solid defense and did a good job of containing their shooters,” said Priester, who saw LHS improve to 10-8, 2-5 in region play. “Our defense did a good job of creating turnovers which led to easy baskets for us.”

Dunlap had plenty of help on the scoring end, with Calvin Crawford, Shai McCain, and C.D. Pelham each netting eight points. Marquivious Hall netted seven points. Jay Hood had five, Demarcus Montgomery and Keon Montgomery each tallied four points. E,J. Patterson hit three and Kavonta Strain added two points.

“This was a total team effort,” Priester said. “We need to take this momentum into our game Friday.”

LHS assistant Jerron Cauthen said the Bruins will seek to continue their solid play.

“This was a great effort,” Cauthen said. “When we play at this level, we’re tough to beat. We hope to build on this win.”

The Lady Bruins, with their third straight region win, improved to 6-8, 4-3 in region play with their 29-point victory in the varsity opener.

The Lady Bruins ignited in the second half to cruise to the league win.

Lancaster, on top at the half 24-17, outscored York 16-6 in the third quarter to forge a 40-23 edge on the Lady Cougars.

Lancaster kept rolling in the final period when the LHS girls outscored the York girls, 12-0 for the win.

“In the third quarter, we showed more intensity and were more focused,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “Our energy level was up and our defensive effort was there.

“We did a good job of extending the lead,” Robinson said.

Junior center Phoebe Johnson led LHS with 14, eight in the first half.

Senior guard Sha’Ron Brunson hit 10, five in each half.

Kenyatta Robertson and Tilandra Staton each scored five points. Shareese Ross and Kaela Robinson each had four points. Aliyah Davis and Keyotta Garris scored three points apiece.

Chanda Nivens and Amirah Stewart each had two points.

York’s Aubrey Wood and Nahja Feemster each scored six points.

Lancaster hits the road Friday when the Bruins visit Northwestern of Rock Hill in Region III-AAAA play.

The girls tip off at 6:30 p.m., with the boys’ game set to start at 7:45.