Warriors hold on to defeat Braves

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County Basketball Roundup

By Eric Rowell

Indian Land opened Region IV-AA basketball play posting a 70-64 win over Cheraw at the IL gym on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The Braves sliced the IL lead to 64-62 with 30 seconds to play, but the Warriors held on to take the six-point win.

Rakym Felder paced Indian Land with 19 points, 12 in the second half. Haydan Sawyer scored 13, eight in the opening half.

Chris Barnes netted 10, all in the second half when he drilled three treys.

Indian Land, on top 18-11 after one period, led 35-27 at the break.

“Cheraw’s defense kept us at bay in the third period, but Chris Barnes hit some key threes to spark us,” IL coach Nate Smith said. “We were able to keep the lead, but we have to do a better job on the boards.”

Justin Chapman, who led CHS with 29, nailed back-to-back treys to chop the IL lead, 64-62 with a half-minute to play, but the Warriors were able to net the win.

Darnell Rodgers and Lee McCall each tallied nine points. Connor Butler added six and Marty Cauthen scored four.

Zack Sellers supplied 12 for the Braves.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Braves started strong and cruised to an 81-59 win over the Lady Warriors.

Cheraw led 44-14 at the break, but the IL girls came out with a 9-2 spurt to cut the CHS lead to 23. The Lady Braves stayed in control for the win.

Crystal Owens hit 22 to lead the Lady Braves and Alexis Pitts scored 17. Danesha McCrey tallied 14.

Kendra Nesmith led IL with 18, 17 in the second half. Kate Komorous tallied 11, all in the second half. Asha McIlwain had 10 and Jessica Reynolds netted seven. Salena Stroble had eight. Shalyn Dougherty added five.

“We played well in the second half, but we have to have a complete game,” IL coach Natasha Farmer said. “We were more aggressive and made our shots in the second half.”

Indian Land visits Chesterfield tonight in region play.

Bruins split with FM Yellow Jackets

Lancaster split a region twin bill at Fort Mill High School on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The Lady Bruins rallied from a slow start to take a 43-27 win, but the Fort Mill boys took a 62-53 win over the Bruins.

Fort Mill held an 8-7 lead after a period of play, but the Lady Bruins picked up the pace with a 16-10 second-period spree to take a 23-18 edge.

Lancaster, with a strong finish, outscored the Lady Jackets, 20-9 in the second half to earn the 16-point win.

“We played with a lot of energy and made better decisions on offense,” LHS coach Ronnie Robinson said. “We were also aggressive on defense.”

Phoebe Johnson led LHS, 2-3, 4-8, with 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Tilandra Staton scored nine and had four boards. Chanda Nivens and Sha’Ron Brunson each had five points. Brunson added two steals.

Shareese Ross scored four and had four steals. Aliyah Davis tallied three.

Keyotta Garris hit two points and two steals. Hayden Thorne and Kaela Robinson added two points each. Amirah Stewart added two steals.

Arianna Grevious led FM with 14.

In the boys game, Lancaster, 9-7, 1-4, couldn’t overcome a slow start in dropping a 62-53 region loss to the host Yellow Jackets.

Fort Mill took an 11-5 lead after one period and stretched it to 28-13 at the break. The Yellow Jackets owned a 50-33 lead with a period to play before taking the nine-point win.

Calvin Crawford led LHS with 12, hitting four treys. Deuce Dunlap scored 11, netting three treys. Demarcus “Yonnie” Montgomery had 11, seven in the second half. C.D. Pelham, Shai McCain, Terrell Rivers and Demarte Simpson each had four points. Jay Hood added three.

Harrison Lancaster led Fort Mill with 15 points. Rylan Wells hit 11 and Matt Ferguson added 10 for the Yellow Jackets.

Lancaster continues region road play with a trip to South Pointe of Rock Hill tonight, with the girls game at 6:30 and the boys at 7:45.