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High school hoops: Yellow Jackets double down on Indian Land

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Lorie Sellers/For The Lancaster News

Host Buford High School notched a pair of basketball wins over the county rival Indian Land Warriors on Monday night.
The BHS Lady Jackets, rebounding from a loss at Andrew Jackson High School on Friday, registered a 36-24 win over the Lady Warriors and the BHS boys capped the sweep with a 62-58 win over the Warriors.
In the opener, the Buford girls took the early edge and stayed in control for the 12-point win.
The Lady Jackets opened an 11-3 lead after one period and pushed their advantage to 11 at the break, 19-8.
Buford stretched its lead to 29-16 after three periods and stayed in control for the victory.
Hunter Allen led the BHS girls with nine points, seven in the first half. Paige Davis scored eight and had nine rebounds. Sophie Ribelin netted seven.
Sydney Rabon hit six. Claire Plyler, Avery Plyler and Anna Beth Allen each tallied two points.
Buford was 4-4 at the foul line and ILHS made 7-16 at the stripe.
“It was a good win for us tonight, a real confidence booster,” said Lady Yellow Jackets coach Susan Scott. “I was real pleased all of our starting lineup scored tonight.
“We still have to take care of the ball and eliminate turnovers,” Scott said. “The girls are working to improve every day.”
Indian Land was led by Allie Floyd’s eight points, Daniella Wilson and Kristen Falk each had six points. Crystal Strother scored two points. Chelsi Mackey and Gabbi Wilson each had one point.
Buford’s boys also rebounded from a loss at AJ, taking a 62-58 win over the Warriors in the nightcap.
Indian Land opened an 11-10 lead after one period, but BHS answered with a 16-15 second-period surge to tie the game at 26-all at the half.
Buford took the lead in the third period, using a 17-13 spree to gain a 43-39 lead heading into the final period.
The play was even in the final period, with BHS holding on for the 62-58 win.
Tyson Miller led the Jackets with 19 points, 12 in the second half. Joe Barrino scored 17 points, nine in the second half, to go with 11 rebounds.
Glenn Collins hit 10 points and Dede Massey netted eight. Dwayne Bufford scored six and Jonathan Ellis added two points. Massey and Bufford each had four assists.
“We won a big home game tonight against a good Indian Land team,” said BHS boys coach Steve Sellers. “We shared the basketball and made our open shots.
“We have to continue to get better every night.”
Buford was 17-19 at the foul line and ILHS was 7-10 on free throws.
Destin Clark led the Warriors with 32 points, 17 in the first half. Jersey Graves hit nine points.
Marcus Kirkland had five points and Tre Thompson finished with four points. Gabe Shook scored three.
Jared Diemer and Grayson Barber each had two points and John Fose added one.
“We had too many turnovers at critical times of the game. We lost a great rivalry game and we have to learn how to close games,” said ILHS boys coach Nate Smith.
“We have to use the holiday break to get rest and refocus for the second part of the season.”

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