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LHS Bruins split in league opener

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Lancaster High hoops

By Eric Rowell

Lancaster launched Region III-AAAA play in a split with Nation Ford on Monday night.

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The Lady Bruins started strong on the way to a 53-21 win over the Lady Falcons.

In the nightcap, the Falcons rallied late to take a 61-59 win at the end.

The opener saw Lancaster control the game from start to finish for the Lady Bruins’ first win this season.

Lancaster jumped to a 21-8 first-period lead on the way to a 32-13 halftime edge.

“We did a good job of putting the pressure on them,” Lancaster coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We applied full-court pressure and forced turnovers.

“That pressure kept our transition game going and led to points for us.”

Lancaster, which allowed only eight second-half points, led 41-16 after three periods before taking the 32-point win.

The LHS girls used balanced scoring to notch the win.

Phoebe Johnson and Sha’Ron Brunson each scored 10 points to pace the winners.

Brunson’s effort included two treys.

Kaela Robinson and Shareese Ross tallied six points apiece. Aliya Davis and Chanda Nivens each scored four points. Amirah Stewart scored three.

Tilandra Staton, Keyotta Garris, Hayden Thorne, Alexis Williams and Kenyatta Robertson each had two points.

“We played a solid game and everybody contributed,” Robinson said. “This was a good team win and I hope we can build on it.”

Nation Ford was led by Taylor Yarborough who scored 10 points.

In the nightcap, Nation Ford rallied in the late stages to notch the win.

Lancaster, which bolted to a 14-2 start, took a 46-40 lead into the final period, but the Falcons soared in the final eight minutes with a 21-13 surge to take the comeback win over the Bruins.

Midway the final period, the Falcon’s Nick Turner hit five straight points to give NFHS a 49-46 lead.

Turner scored 12 points, six in the final period.

From there it was tight to the wire.

Bruins’ senior Terrell Rivers’ two free throws with 22 seconds left gave the Bruins a 59-58 lead.

Nation Ford’s Justin Sergeant hit a free throw with 13 seconds left to tie the game.

The Falcons’ got the ball back with seven seconds to play on a turnover and Riley Hilton, who scored 14 points, hit a layup with two seconds left to lift Nation Ford to the narrow win.

“Mental mistakes cost us at the end,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Nation Ford made more plays at the end than we did. It was a typical region game which came down to the wire and they just made the most of their late possessions.”

LHS junior guard Deuce Dunlap led the 3-3 Bruins with 25 points, 14 in the second half.

Senior C.D. Pelham netted 14.  Rivers scored five. Shai McCain and Marquivious Hall had four points each.

Demarte Simpson netted three points. Jay Hood and Demarcus Montgomery hit two points each.

Lancaster hosted Blythewood in non region play on Tuesday.

The Bruins cap the week as they travel to Andrew Jackson High School to face the Volunteers in a twin bill which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

 The Bruins and Vols split in their first meeting, with the AJ girls winning and the LHS boys prevailing.