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David Kellin

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For The Lancaster News

KERSHAW – Fundamentals were key to North Central’s 65-58 win over host Andrew Jackson on Tuesday night at AJHS.

While the Volunteer boys, 1-2, 0-1, tried to find the basket on long shots, the Knights worked the ball to the inside and made more of their shots

The Vols took an early lead with Jamie Hinson dropping in a three-pointer, and for the majority of the first quarter, Vols kept the lead. A last-second NCHS score gave the Knights an 11-10 edge after one period.

The second quarter was close, with AJ up 20-17 at the half. Both defenses were strong in keeping scoring down.

The third quarter saw nine unanswered points by the Knights for a 45-38 lead.

The Vols had trouble getting the ball into the basket. One series saw the Vols make more than five attempts under the net, but they couldn’t get the ball to fall.

“Turnovers hurt us and we went cold from the field,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “We started slow in the third period.”

The final period was even, as each team hit 20 points and the Knights took a 65-58 win.

“The third quarter was the difference,” Wright said. “I was proud of the effort, but we came up short. Turnovers and missed rebounds at the wrong time hurt us.

“We’re a young team and we’re going to get better,” he said. “We have to keep working to improve.”

Markell Portee led the Knights with 21 points, 14 in the second half. Tyrek Jenkins followed with 16, eight in each half. Cameron Holley added 11 points, including 3 treys.

Jamel Jones hit nine points. Tyler Faulkenberry added six points and Dimitri Robinson added two. The Knights had 15 turnovers and 16 team fouls.

Hinson paced the Vols with 20, including two treys. He netted 11 in the first half.

Joey Walters added 14 points, including 2 treys. He had eight after the break.

Josh Adams had eight points and Shieme Ricks added seven points. O.J. White hit four and Darrien Wright netted three. Daymond Cunningham added two.

The Vols had 11 turnovers and 10 team fouls.

“We focused on fundamental basketball, taking great shot selection, and playing hard on defense,” NCHS coach Kary Hayes said. “The effort and hustle were there tonight. 

“Andrew Jackson has two, or three good three-point shooters and we knew we had to get a hand in their face and we did that more than not tonight.”

In the opener, the Lady Volunteers took the 68-44 win over North Central.

The AJ girls, 4-1, 1-0, established a 10-point lead in the first quarter and built their lead throughout the game. The Lady Vols, on top 18-8 after one period, were up by 20, 33-13, at the break.

The Lady Vols were in control after three, 54-27 on the way to the 24-point win.

“Our defense created our offense for us,” AJ coach ShaRon Robertson said. “Some of our seniors stepped up and knocked down big shots for us, so we had a great team effort.”

Iesha Williams sparked the Lady Vols with 21 points. Danielle Ussery hit 12 on four treys.

Caroline Wren and Raegan Brewer added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Makaylen Crosby had six points, and Mackenzie Marshall had four. Osha Black and Anna Hinson each had two points.  The Lady Vols had 22 turnovers and 16 team fouls.

Peyton Holley led NCHS with a game-high 25 points. Andrea Green netted eight. Amarhi Boykin had six points and Kali Tomlin had five points. The Lady Knights had 29 turnovers and 11 team fouls.

The Volunteers venture to Pageland to face Central High tonight. North Central hosts Lugoff-Elgin tonight.