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Late spurt sparks IL girls' victory

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Lady Warriors top Rock Hill, 45-36

By Eric Rowell

 

   

The Indian Land Lady Warriors used a late spurt to spark a 45-36 win over

Class AAAA Rock Hill on Saturday night in the IL gym.

The Indian Land girls’ nine-point win gave the Warriors a split of the

varsity twin bill.

The Rock Hill boys avenged an earlier loss to the IL boys, taking a 76-54

win. The Warriors won in Rock Hill, 79-71 on Dec. 14.

The IL girls went on a 7-0 charge to cap the game to notch the 45-36 win

over the Rock Hill girls, who fel to the Lady Warriors, 58-44 last month.

Rock Hill, down 33-29 entering the final period, used a 7-5 run to slice

the IL lead to 38-36 with two minutes to play.

At that point, the Lady Warriors answered with a clutch spurt to post the

win.

IL senior guard Mariah Williams, who scored 26 points, hit five points in

the late run to lift the Lady Warriors to victory. Toi Lathan also had two

points in the charge.

“Mariah continues as our offensive spark,” IL assistant coach Ziggie

Barjona. “She’s a veteran player who has stepped up her play.”

Williams paced the IL win with 26 points, 13 in each half.

Indian Land held a 12-6 lead after a period of  play and stretched the

advantage to 26-17 at the break.

Rock Hill rallied to chop the IL lead to 33-29 with a period to play, but

the Lady Warriors held on for the win.

Brittany Montgomery tallied seven points and Toi Lathan netted five.

Jessica Floyd finished with three points. Khadeja Sistare and Kelsey Young

each had two points.

“Rock Hill came to play and gave us a tough game,” Barjona said. “We

gained the tempo and slowed the game.”

Jasmine Crockett led the Lady Bearcats with eight. Zekara Knox had six

points.

In the boys’ game, Rock Hill also used a late charge to capture its

22-point win.

The Bearcats held a 57-50 lead with three minutes left, but Rock Hill

ignited on a decisive 19-4 salvo to seal the win.

Rock Hill led 18-14 after one period, and used a 24-11 run over the second

quarter to forge a 42-25 lead at the break.

Indian Land rallied to make it 53-41 with a period to go, and went on a

9-4 spurt to make it a seven-point game.

Rock Hill then took control with its strong finish to cap the win.

“We fought hard in the second half,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “Rock Hill

had the inside edge and it opened their outside game. We missed Jarrell’s

presence inside.”

The Warriors played without senior Jarrell Robinson, who has missed some

recent play after having surgery.

IL junior guard Terrell Rodgers, coming off a 42-point effort in a home

win over Chesterfield on Tuesday night, led the Warriors with 29 points,

including five treys. Robinson hit 15 points in the second half.

Rashid McGriff hit 10 points, including two treys. Darnell Rodgers netted

seven and Hayden Sawyer scored six. Cameron Davis and Marty Cauthen

chipped in one point each.

“This was a good game to prepare for region play,” Smith said. “We’ve

played a challenging non-region schedule and we feel it will help us in

region play.”

Trey McCullough led the Bearcats with 23, 13 in the first half. Eric

Robinson added 15 points.