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Rams, Mustangs split pair in middle school basketball play

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South, Rucker divide hoops twin bill

By Eric Rowell

 

Lancaster area middle school rivals A.R. Rucker and South swapped hardwood wins Wednesday at the Lancaster High School gym.

The Lady Rams rolled to a 50-12 victory in the opener, but the South boys, in a much closer game, earned a measure of hoops revenge with a thrilling 35-33 win.

In the nightcap, the Mustangs’ Keendarius Truesdale drove the lane for the winning bucket with 0.3 seconds left to lift South to the comeback win.

Dalton Creighton hit two free throws to tie the game at 33-all before SMS’s Truesdale tallied the clincher.

South led 13-12 at the half, but Rucker rallied to take a 25-21 edge with a period to play.

The Mustangs, behind guard Dennis Brown, ignited on a 14-8 surge to pull out the victory. Brown hit 12, eight in the final period. Truesdale’s winning bucket was part of a six-point night. Jay Hood led the Mustangs with 14 and Cameron Meadows netted three.

“We had excellent teamwork and stayed focused down the stretch for the win,” South coach Justin Thomas said. “Keendarius made an excellent shot and I’m proud of the win.”

Diondrae Linton led Rucker with nine, all treys. Azavious Tinsley hit six. Dre Bailey, William Jackson and Dalton Creighton netted five each. Thomas Massey chipped in three.

In the opener, the Rucker girls were on fire from the start for the 38-point win.

The Lady Rams led 13-0 after one period and owned a commanding 29-5 spread at the break on the way to the win.

“We did a good job on the boards,” Rucker coach Ashley Price said. “Our rebounding opened up the transition game.”

Mia Flowers paced the Lady Rams with 15. Tilandra Staton hit 12. Amirah Steward and Hayden Thorne had six each. Keyotta Garris finished with five and Alexis Williams scored four. Amy Williams added two points.

South was led by Kaela Robinson’s nine points. Kaliya Jackson scored two and Deja Patterson hit one.

“We’re a young team and we have to keep working to improve,” South coach Amanda Mings said.