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Vols advance on first-round wins

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AJ downs North Central in opening round play

By Dylan Knight

KERSHAW – The Andrew Jackson girls and boys teams earned title game bids with opening round wins in the Comporium Christmas Classic at AJ on Saturday.

The Lady Volunteers dispatched of North Central 35-26 as Jazzy Gripper hit 17 points to pace the AJ girls to the nine-point win.

The Lady Vols used an eight-point run to cap the first period to take control of the game.

AJ forged a 20-15 lead at the half and held a 28-21 edge with a period to play before taking the win.

Briana Wright aided the Lady Vols with 12 and Rachael Dippel finished with six points.

North Central was led by Salitia Rollings who netted six. Rashooda Gaines tallied five and Liz Harrison had four for NC.

The Vols also downed the Knights, taking a 59-46 win.

All-tournament pick Ryan Miller led AJ with 24 points, 15 in the second half. O’Marr Truesdale finished with 18, 14 in the first half.

Tremaine Jackson hit eight and Robert Massey scored six. Justin Sellers finished with three points. Miller and Truesdale hit six points each in a 22-13 third-period run to give AJ a 45-27 lead after three quarters.

The Great Falls boys opened tourney play with a 76-54 win over Lugoff-Elgin.

Leroy Roseboro and Torrey Craig hit 15 points each to lead the Red Devils. Michael Pellegrino tallied 30 points, including seven treys for L-E.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Demons downed Great Falls 41-37 as Caressa Samuel led L-E with 13 points. Nedra Lynn led Great Falls with 11 points.

In the consolation round on Monday, the North Central girls and Lugoff-Elgin boys took wins.

The Lady Knights held a 32-21 halftime lead and held off Great Falls for the 47-42 win.

Sasha Hobson led Great Falls with 12 points. Liz Harrison hit 12 to pace North Central in its win.

The Lugoff-Elgin boys rolled to a 67-52 win over North Central. Michael Pelligrino led the Demons with 15.

James Blackwell scored 12 points to lead North Central.

The Demons held a 35-23 halftime lead and led 55-31 at the end of the third quarter before taking the 15-point victory.