Lady Warriors win for region split

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By Eric Rowell

The Indian Land Lady Warriors, at 3-17, have had a tough season, but they are likely headed to the Class AAA Upper State basketball playoffs.
The Lady Warriors, with a second win over Chester High School on Friday night, have put themselves in position to garner a postseason bid with a 55-47 victory on Friday night.
The top four teams advance to the playoffs, and the ILHS girls, with their win, are in line to go to the postseason tournament as a fourth seed.
The Lady Warriors’ win gave ILHS a split after Chester won the boys game, 90-81.
Indian Land, in the girls game, took a 9-5 lead after a quarter and then took control, outscoring the Lady Cycs, 26-3 for a 35-8 spread at the half.
Indian Land led 48-18 after three periods on the way to the win.
The Lady Warriors, who had 10 players score, were led by Crystal Strother and Chelsi Mackey who netted 11 points each.
Strother was the ILHS girls player of the game with 3-3 free throws and 13 rebounds, 10 on the offensive boards.
Mackey had three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Daniella Wilson hit 10 points to go with 10 rebounds, eight steals and four assists.
Allie Floyd scored five points and had six rebounds. Kristen Falk and Kayla Senter scored five points each.
Gabby Wilson tallied three points. Jasmine Randolph and Payton Leiser had two points each. Madeline Kersey added one point.
Chester was led by Tyjala Lightner with 13 points and Zayla Sanders’ 12 points.
“This was a good win to get back-to-back wins (Chester and Parkwood) to put us in position to make the playoffs,” ILHS girls coach Paul Richardson said.
In the boys game, Chester prevailed for the nine-point win.
The Cycs opened a 29-18 lead after one period and owned a 45-35 spread at the half.
The third period proved to be the key to the game as Chester outscored the Warriors 26-11 in the third quarter to take a 71-46 edge.
ILHS’s Jaylin McClurkin hit 15 of his 19 points in the pivotal third quarter.
The Warriors rallied in the final period with a strong surge, but Chester held on for the win.
“The third quarter did us in,” ILHS coach Nate Smith said. “Turnovers really hurt us. We played hard to the end, but we have to be more consistent in our play.”
Destin Clark pumped in 31 points, 20 in the second half, to lead the Warriors, 4-13, 1-4. Jersey Graves hit 17 and Tre Thompson tallied 11 points.
John Fuse and Jared Diemer each had seven points. Jordan Kaigler hit three. Grayson Barber and Adrian Pledger each scored two points. Cooper Beisner added one point.
Dorrien Bagley led Chester with 28 points, 18 in the first half.
McClurkin scored 19 points and Juwan Hall had 11 points, including three treys.
The Warriors were idle Tuesday night with an open date.