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In a battle of county rivals, Andrew Jackson High School and Indian Land each posted a
win in Region IV-AA play Jan. 31 at AJ.
The Lady Volunteers steadily pulled away for a 44-23 win over the Lady Warriors.
The IL boys earned a measure of hoops revenge with a 73-61 win over the Vols.
In the nightcap, the Warriors started strong and cruised to the 12-point win.
Indian Land, up 17-7 after one quarter, ignited in the second quarter to gain a 31-13 edge.
The Warriors, continuing their solid play, opened a 50-30 lead with a quarter to play and stayed on top for the win.
Hayden Sawyer scored a game-high 24, 13 in the first half, to key IL.
IL's Rashid McGriff netted 14 and Chris Barnes scored 10. Tyler Watson and Quran McMillan each had six points. Lee McCall scored five and Cameron Davis had four. Brandon Barnes and Connor Butler each added two points for the victor.
Avalon Truesdale paced AJ with 20, 18 in the second half. Quadarius Fair scored 14 and Chris White netted nine, seven in the second half. Dustin Eddins had seven. Quincy Grier, Lemarcus Bracey, Tilson Kirkland, Wade Eubanks and McIsaac had two each. Bobby Delly added one.
“Turnovers hurt us tonight and we didn’t execute,” AJ coach Danny Wright
said. “We need to play with the same intensity each night.”
Lady Vols take early lead over Lady Warriors
The girls’ game was much like the boys, but the Lady Vols took the early lead and steadily pulled away for the 21-point win.
AJ held an 18-10 lead at the break, but ignited on a 13-3 run in the third quarter to push the lead to 31-13.
The Lady Vols kept the upper hand in the final quarter for the 21-point win.
“This was our best defensive game of the season,” AJ coach Dennis Farmer said. “All of our girls contributed.”
Bre Wright led AJ with 14, eight in the first half. Halle Thompson scored 10, eight in the second half. Elizabeth Scott scored seven and McKenzie Horton had six. Anslee McDow had four and Summer Vick added three.
Kelsey Young led the Lady Warriors with 10 points. Khadijah Sistare scored five. Toi Lathan netted three. Kendra Nesmith and Jessica Floyd scored two each. Shalyn Daugherty added one.
“We’re struggling scoring,” said IL girls coach John Phillips. “We couldn’t convert, but (Aj's) Bre Wright is a premier player.”