Advancing towards to the Class AA playoff, the Andrew Jackson Lady Vols scored a 51 point victory in their matchup the Indian Land Lady Warriors 71-20. The Indian Land Boys game was fought to the end, with the Warriors surging in the final minutes to a 55-48 victory over the Volunteers.
A lack of Lady Warriors defense, and a strong Lady Vols defense lead to the victory. The Lady Vols repeatedly slowed down and used their plays and teammates effectively. The Lady Warriors turned over the ball 21 times to just 16 for the Lady Vols.
The first quarter was a clear sign of things to come with the Lady Vols taking all the points in those 8 minutes, 16-0. The second quarter saw the Lady Vols on fire with their highest quarter total of 21 points to Lady Warriors 8 points. Score at the half was 37 to 8. The third quarter saw the continued dominance of the Lady Vols with a score of 52-15. The final score was 71 to 20.
Danielle Ussery led the Lady Vols with 5 three-point goals and 4 for 4 free throws for 19 points. Raegan Brewer scored 17 points for the team win. Makaylen Crosby dropped in 11 points. Mackenzie Marshall had 7 points. Osha Black had 6 points. Caroline Wren added 5 points. Iesha Williams had 4 points. Madie Catoe added 2 points
“Our defense created our offense. That is our go to. When we pass the ball, and get everyone involved, that is just a bonus to us.” Said ShaRon Robinson, Coach of the Lady Vols.
Kristin Falk led the Lady Warriors with 5 field goals and 1 of 2 free throws for 11 points. Chelsi Mackey dropped in 4 points for the team. Allison Floyd and Crystal Strother both added 2 points. Payton Lieser added 1 point.
“We struggled from beginning to end. Silly fouls and lack of defense.” Said Lady Warriors coach Natasha Rogers.
AJ scored a 7-point lead at the end of the first quarter, 13-6. The Warriors outscored the Vols by 11 in the second quarter to bring the halftime score of 26-22. AJ surged back in the third quarter to take the lead with a score of 38-34.
Just minutes into the 4th quarter, the Vols were ahead by 2 points 40 to 38. The final 6 minutes saw the score seesaw back and forth. With 3 minutes left, OJ White dropped in a free throw to give AJ a six-point lead, 48-42. Indian Land surged back with a trey, two layups and 4 free throws to advance to 55-48 at the end of the game.
Joey Walter led the Vols with a field goal, 2 treys and 6 of 6 free throws for a total of 14 points. Jalen Robinson and OJ White each dropped in 8 points. Shieme Ricks and Griffin Gardner each added 5 points. Darrien Wright and Morgan Truesdale had 4 points.
“We fought, but we just have to get control down the stretch. We are missing key shots and key free throws. To win the game, you have to do the little things and not turn the ball over when it counts.” Said Danny Wright coach of the Vols.
Destin Clark and Tai Gilbert each scored 16 points to lead the Warrior’s efforts. Jerrick Palmer dropped in 9 points. Tre Thompson had 8 points. Douglas Tutt added 5 points. Donovan White added 1 point.
“It is a rival game, it does not matter what the record is, we are going to go toe to toe. We came out victorious tonight. It was a good game for the seniors.” Said Nate Smith coach for the Warriors.
Indian Land travels to Columbia on Friday to play the Capitals. Andrew Jackson is on the road Friday to play in a regional game against Chesterfield.