LHS Bruins blast Cyclones, 81-54

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LHS girls fall to Chester

By Ernie Rowell



The No. 5 Lancaster boys’ final tuneup before the Bruins tip off region play showed LHS hitting on all hoops cylinders.

The Bruins, 11-3, bolted to a quick lead and cruised to an 81-54 home win over Class AAA foe Chester High School on Friday night.

LHS’s 27-point followed an 81-46 road win over South Pointe of Rock Hill on Tuesday night.

“We wanted to use this game to build momentum as we head into region play,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “We wanted to apply pressure and use this in our transition game.”

Lancaster, its running game clicking and defense forcing turnovers, held a 44-24 lead at the break.

LHS senior Ron Trapps tallied 31 points, 14 in the first half, to spark the Bruins, who posted their third straight victory.

Trapps’ solid game included eight rebounds and five steals.

Lancaster, after forging a 20-8 spread after one period, used a pivotal 9-0 run midway the second period to take control of the game.

Trapps drained a trey and LHS sophomore star Sindarius Thornwell, who hit 20 – 12 in the first half, nailed a trey and drew a foul for a four-point play. Forrest Woodard scored two more to give the Bruins an insurmountable 37-12 edge.

“Our defense was really good at times, but we have to be consistent for 32 minutes,” Priester said. “Overall, I was pleased by the effort. We came out strong and took control of the game.

“I thought we played well at both ends of the court,” he said. “We also had a good number of players contribute and give a fine effort.”

Thornwell grabbed six rebounds to go with his 20 points. Woodard and Alan Robinson each netted nine points.

Senior Qua Duncan had five points and added 13 rebounds. Terrell Rivers scored three. KeAnthony Foster and Shaq Williams each had two points.

Chester’s Jameston Galman and Julius Pendergrass each hit 11 points. Tevin Worthy and John Rembert each added 10 points.

In the opener, the Lady Bruins fell to 3-7 with a 63-39 loss to the Lady Cyclones, the top-rated team in Class AAA girls.

Lancaster, behind the play of freshman guard Kyia Hough, led in the early stages and held a 13-12 edge after one period.

The Lady Cycs then ignited with an 18-6 run to take a 30-19 halftime lead.

“We played hard, but we lost the lead and couldn’t get it back,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson. “We didn’t contest shots like we should and we didn’t finish our shots.”

Olivia Gaines, who led four CHS girls in double digitis, hit 23 points, including eight in the second period. Shaterricka Mayfield netted 12, with eight in the second quarter.

Raven Feaster and Donnesha Crockett each tallied 10 points.

Chester led 42-30 after three periods before posting the 24-points win over the Lady Bruins.

Hough’s 11 points paced the LHS girls. Tarah Tipton tallied nine and Shannon Truesdale finished with eight.

Chanda Nivens scored five and ShaRon Brunson added four. Shanyse Frasier and Aliya Davis each had one point.

“We were playing against a quality foe and that requires a solid effort from start to finish,” Robinson said. “We had a good start, but then we struggled in the second period. It comes down to doing the little things.”

Lancaster launches region play with a pair of home games this week. The Bruins host Spartanburg on Tuesday night in their region opener and then face Gaffney at the Bruins’ Den on Friday.

The GHS boys, No. 1 in Class AAAA and the defending state champion, downed Union, 70-59 in a win which saw Indians’ senior ace Dershawn Dawkins in a limited role with a sprained arch.

Spartanburg, 6-4, notched a 68-51 win over Byrnes on Wednesday night.