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ILHS hoops teams sweep Buford

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By Eric Rowell

Indian Land High School spoiled Buford High School’s Senior Night, taking two from the host Jackets on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The Lady Warriors rallied late to post their second straight region win, a 51-47 victory over the BHS girls.
IL also prevailed in the boys game, earning a 58-43 win.
The Lady Warriors used a late spurt to down the Lady Jackets, 51-47.
The game was tied at 47-all with 15 seconds to play, when Kelsey Young made a key free throw to give IL a 48-47 lead.
Buford turned the ball over on its next possession and Toi Lathan sealed the win, netting a trey before the buzzer.
“We played hard and hustled,” IL assistant coach Natasha Farmer said. “We did a good job of getting back in the game and finishing strong.”
The game was tied at the half, 26-all. Indian Land led 35-34 after three quarters and held on for the win.
Senior Khadijah Sistare scored 16 points to lead the Lady Warriors, 4-18, 2-8. Jessica Floyd netted 14. Shalyn Dougherty scored eight. Young and Lathan each scored five. Kedra Nesmith had three points.
“(Carley) Bailey and (Erica)Blackmon scored clutch shots, but we couldn’t finish it,” BHS coach T.J. Armbrust said.
The Lady Jackets, 11-9, 2-8, earned a Class AA Upper State playoff berth as the fourth seed out of Region IV-AA.
Warriors lead throughout game
In the boys game, Indian Land built an early lead and steadily pulled away.
The Warriors led 11-8 after one quarter and extended their lead to 10, 27-17.
The Warriors outscored the Jackets, 23-10, in the third quarter to take a 50-27 lead on the way to the win.
Rashid McGriff, who scored 20 points, netted eight in the key third quarter for the Warriors. He made four treys.
Chris Barnes had nine points and Hayden Sawyer scored eight. Connor Butler and Quran Mc-Millan each scored six. Lee McCall had four. Brandon Barnes scored three and Dallas Allison and Cameron Davis netted one point each.
Indian Land, 9-12, 6-4, opens postseason play today, Feb. 15, when the Warriors, as the third seed out of Region IV-AA, visit Eau Claire High of Columbia.