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Bruins top Gators in Moody play

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LHS goes 2-2 in holiday field

By Robert Howey

 

Lancaster put the finishing touches on its participation in the 15th annual Linberg Moody Holiday Classic, taking a 54-42 win over Class AAA Lakewood High School of Sumter County on Thursday, Jan. 1 at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

The Bruins’ 12-point win gave LHS a 2-2 finish in the four-day tournament which opened Monday, Dec. 29.

Lancaster, 4-6, opened the game with Lakewood, taking an 11-2 lead.

The Bruins held a 26-16 edge at the half before taking control in the third period.

LHS, with a 17-3 third-period spurt, forged a 43-19 advantage on the Gators.

Nehemiah McGriff, who led LHS with 22 points, netted eight of his 11 second-half points in the pivotal third period to boost the Bruins.

Lakewood rallied to slice the LHS lead to 49-40, but Lancaster stayed on top to net the victory.

McGriff paced the Bruins with 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Qua McCarter hit 12 points, including 10 of 12 at the foul line, to go with four rebounds.

Cordarius Tinsley tallied seven points and Taron Heath hit five to go with four blocked shots. Lewis Johnson scored four points and had four rebounds.

Desmond Ricks added four points.

Jarvis Johnson led the Gators with 18 and Jalen White scored 14.

“We played good defense in that third period to give us a spark and allowed only three points,” LHS assistant coach William Belk said. “This was a great start for the new year and we want to build on it as we head into region play against Broome on Jan. 9 at home.”

Lancaster fell to Voyager Academy of Durham, N.C., 77-69 on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at Northwestern High School.

Voyager held a 31-23 lead at the half and notched a 57-43 edge after three periods before taking the eight-point win over the Bruins.

Jay Huff hit 20 points to lead the Vikings.

Nehemiah McGriff netted 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the LHS loss. McGriff tallied 15 points in the second half. Qua McCarter scored 20, 16 in the second half. Lewis Johnson netted 13 and had seven rebounds.

Taron Heath had seven points. Jai Stephenson and Cordarius Tinsley each had three points..

Lancaster opened play in the Moody tournament, dropping a 53-51 loss to Class AAAA foe Blythewood High School on Monday, Dec. 29.

Lancaster, in the two-point loss to the Bengals, was paced by Quasheon McCarter with 17. Nehemiah McGriff hit 14 and Lewis Johnson added nine.

Lancaster, in its second tourney game at NWHS, rolled to a 64-44 win over Covenant Day of Charlotte on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Nehemiah McGriff triggered the Bruins’ balanced attack with 17 points, 11 in the second half. Lewis Johnson followed with 13 points and seven rebounds. Keem Crawford tallied a career-high 11 points, all in the second half.

Chase Dixon hit 14 to lead Covenant Day.

The Moody tournament is held in memory of the late NWHS Trojans basketball coach, who died in an auto accident in 1980.

Belk also noted the Junior Bruins’ basketball team was 1-2 in a holiday tournament at Fort Mill High School. The LHS jayvees capped play with a win over the Northwestern Junior Trojans on Monday, Dec. 22.

The LHS Lady Bruins pushed their mark to 12-0, winning the annual Bank of York/Wingbonz Christmas tournament in York.

Coach Ronnie Robinson’s team went 3-0 in the field, taking the crown with a 64-56 win over Class AAAA’s No. 4 Greenwood High School.

Lancaster  junior guard Malia Rivers paced the Lady Bruins with 20 points, 10 in each half. She added four rebounds and three assists. LHS junior forward Keyotta Garris scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds and posted six steals. Garris hit 12 points in the first half when LHS built its 11-point lead at the break.

Senior guard Kaela Robinson netted nine points to go with two rebounds and an assist. The Lady Bruins team was honored as the tournament MVP.

Lancaster opens Region III-AAA play with a home game with Broome High of Spartanburg on Friday, Jan. 9.

In other county hoops action, Andrew Jackson is at home Tuesday, Jan. 6 when the Vols face Class AAA foe Lugoff-Elgin. AJ returns to region play Friday, Jan. 9 when the Vols visit Boonetown to face the North Central Knights.

AJ, in its holiday tournament, finished as the runner-up in the boys and girls bracket of the Comporium Christmas Classic.

The Lady Vols fell to Parkwood, 55-52, while the AJ boys lost to county and region rival Indian Land in the title tilt.

The IL boys won the Comporium Christmas Classic with a tough 55-49 win over the Vols. IL’s Darnell Rogers earned the boys tourney MVP Award with 64 points in two games, with 30 in the title contest. IL’s   Quantra Taylor also earned all-tourney honors.

AJ all-tourney pick  Quinton Bracey led the Vols with 14 points. Dontarius James, also on the all-tourney team, netted 12 and Corey Walters had 11.

AJ’s Summer Vick and Jerrisha Crawford were named to the all-tournament team. Vick hit 23 points in the CCC girls title game with Parkwood.

Buford is back on the hardwood on Tuesday, Jan. 6 when the Jackets battle Cheraw in Region IV-AA action.

The 4-6 Jackets of coach Garrett Hammond went 1-1 in the North Central Christmas tournament, closing play with a 75-47 win over Robert E. Lee Academy of Bishopville.

Senior Garrett Crenshaw led BHS with 17 points.

Druw Rollings, who scored 40 points in two tournament games, and Christian Joplin, with 28 points in two tourney contests, were selected to the all-tournament team.

Coach T.J. Armbrust’s  Lady Jackets also played in the York tournament and went 1-2, capping play with a 55-37 win over Class AA foe Blacksburg   of Cherokee County.

Gabby Davis led the BHS girls with 16 points. Hanna Robinson and Jasona Ballard each netted 12 points.

The Indian Land  girls have been idle since a win over Chesterfield on Friday, Dec. 19. The Lady Warriors upped their Region IV-AA record to 2-0 with a 54-39 win over the Lady Rams. IL, which edged Cheraw in its region opener on Tuesday, Dec. 16, built a 26-15 halftime lead on Chesterfield to stay in control for the win.

The Lady Warriors, in the 15-point victory, had three players in double figures, with Nia Pressley netting 11. Kate Komorous scored 12 and Mary McGunegle, who had a key trey in the win over Cheraw, hit 10 points. Jessica Reynolds hit nine points.