ILHS basketball teams still looking for first wins

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By The Staff

Indian Land High School dropped a pair of non-region basketball losses at Class AAAAA Fort Mill High School on Friday, Dec. 14.
The Lady Warriors posted a 48-26 loss to the FMHS Lady Jackets. Fort Mill completed the sweep with an 84-57 win in the boys game.
Junior guard Destin Clark paced the 0-6 Warriors with a game-high 32 points in the nightcap. Tre Thompson scored 10 points and John Fuso had seven for ILHS.
“I think my young team with a hostile crowd came to play, but Fort Mill took its game to another level on Friday night,” ILHS coach Nate Smith said. “We didn’t do a good job in our transition defense and we didn’t hit the boards like we needed to in this game.
“We need to get it figured out before we begin region play,” he said.
Fort Mill held a 37-22 lead at halftime.
Jacobi Wright paced the 7-1 Yellow Jackets with 29 points in the 27-point win. FM’s Keyan Mims scored 17 points, Carson Morton 11 and Lawrence Adams 10.
The Warriors were 10-20 at the foul line.
In the girls game, the Lady Warriors fell to 0-10 with the 22-point loss.
Allie Floyd, the Lady Warriors’ player of the game, led the ILHS girls with 12 points.
Daniella Wilson scored seven points and Kristen Falk had six. Wilson also had 11 rebounds and Falk had eight boards. Payton Leiser added one point.
Calli Wells led the 7-2 Lady Yellow Jackets with 20 points and six rebounds. Ava Delardi scored eight points and Isabella Giarrizzi added seven points.
Indian Land visited Buford in non-region play on Monday, Dec. 17.
Parkwood tops IL in overtime for sweep
The Warriors fell twice in a non-region basketball twin bill at Parkwood High School of Union County, N.C., on Dec. 12.
The Warriors dropped a close 65-64 loss to the PHS Rebels and the IL girls posted a 40-21 loss.
In the nightcap, Parkwood notched its second win, a 65-64 victory in overtime.
The game was tied at 57-all at the end of regulation, but Parkwood outscored the Warriors 8-7 for the triumph.
“We had a good effort, but we need to learn how to sustain leads,” Smith said. “Our seniors stepped up with good, solid leadership, but we still have to be patient with our younger players. They are still coming along and learning the game at the varsity level.”
Clark scored 31 points to lead the Warriors. Thompson tallied 13. Jared Diemer scored four. Jersey Graves, Gabe Shook, Cooper Beisner and Marcus Kirkland scored three points each. Chase Dougherty and Tre Hill each netted two points.
Josh Rankin led Parkwood with 16 points and Austin Clary scored 13. C.J. Massey added 11 for the Rebels, 2-4.
Indian Land was 18-45 from the foul line, while Parkwood hit 23 of 41 from the stripe.
In the girls game, the Lady Warriors dropped a 40-21 loss to the Lady Rebels.
Chelsi Mackey led ILHS with six points. Falk scored five and had two blocked shots.
Gabriella Wilson finished with four and Floyd with three points. Crystal Strother scored two and Jasmine Randolph had one point.
Daniella Wilson grabbed 11 rebounds.
Yellow Jackets sting Warriors twice
Indian Land High had a tough night at the hoop Dec. 7. The visiting Fort Mill High School Yellow Jackets swarmed the Warriors for a hardwood sweep.
The Lady Yellow Jackets opened with a 60-17 win over the Lady Warriors and the Fort Mill boys followed with a 99-60 win over the ILHS boys.
“We took a step backward tonight,” ILHS girls coach Paul Richardson said. “We didn’t improve and we didn’t execute on the floor. We have to execute and take care of the basketball.”
Fort Mill’s Isabella Giarrizzi, the Lady Jackets’ player of the game, led with 12 points, five rebounds and six steals. Unique Burch scored nine points, Abigail Snearly eight and Maggie Blackwell seven. Calli Wells and Payton Brookover scored six points apiece.
Indian Land’s Gabriella Wilson, Daniella Wilson and Kristen Falk scored four points each. Allie Floyd posted three points on a trey. Crystal Strother scored two points.
In the nightcap, the Fort Mill boys opened an early lead and cruised to the lopsided win over the Warriors, who fell to 0-4.
“Fort Mill gave us a spanking in the woodshed,” Smith said. “We got beat in all phases of the game.”
FMHS, 5-1, opened a 26-16 lead after one quarter and extended its spread to 48-27 at the break.
Jacobi Wright led the Yellow Jackets with 23 points. Carson Morton netted 19 points and Will Ross 14. Tearance Darby scored 12 for FMHS, who led 73-44 after three periods. Lawrence Adams had eight boards.
Destin Clark paced the Warriors with 22 points. John Fuso scored 14 points. Marcus Kirkland tallied eight. Tre Hill netted five points. Graves had four and Chase Dougherty added three. Gabe Shook and Cooper Beisner had two points each.
“We’re still a young team looking to find our identity,” Smith said. “We have to have more leadership from our seniors. Our young players are playing pretty well.”
FM hit 19 of 31 at the foul line, while the Warriors were 4-7 at the foul stripe.