By David Kellin, firstname.lastname@example.org
The AJ Gymnasium was awash with screams and shouts as the Vols took to the court against the Indian Land Warriors in the season opening basketball games held on Tuesday evening at Andrew Jackson High School. The Lady Vols defeated the Lady Warriors 47 to 25. The Vols beat the Warriors by 84 to 56
The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols scored 47 points to Indian Land’s 25 in the season opener at Andrew Jackson High School on Tuesday evening. The Lady Vols lead in scoring in all four quarters. The first quarter was a low scoring period with just 12 points scored overall. The Lady Vols lead at the end of one by a score of 9 to 3. At the half, the Lady Vols led 20 to 17. The score was 32 to 19 at the end of the third quarter. The final score was Lady Vols 47 and Lady Warriors 25.
Caroline Wrenn led AJ scoring with 14 points on 2 treys, 2 baskets and 4 for 4 on free throws. Oshamya Black had 11 points with 5 baskets and a free throw. Alexis Robinson dropped in 6points on 3 baskets. Mackenzie Marshall and Oksana Cathan each had 4points. Iesha Williams had 3 points. Anna Hinson and Harleigh Payne each had 2points. Annsley Vick scored 1 point
Chelsi Mackey led the Indian Land girls team with 6 points from two baskets and 2 for 2 on free throws. Allie Floyd also has 6 points from one basket and 4 of 5 free throws. Gabi Wilson added 5 points. Kristin Falk and Danielle Wilson each had 4 points
The Lady Vols coach Olivia Gaines said the game started out slow and improved as it progressed. “The competition is only going to get better from here on out. We are going to push to keep getting better.” Said Gaines. The end of the girls game came with a buzzer busting shot from Harleigh Payne.
The Andrew Jackson Varsity Boys defeated the Indian Land Varsity Boys by 28 points 84 to 56 in the season opener at Andrew Jackson High School. The Warriors had the lead by one point at the end of the first quarter 17 to 16. The Vols pulled into the lead with a 36 to 24 score at the half. The third quarter saw the lead jump to 15 points in favor of the Vols with the score of 59 to 44. The final score was 84 to 56.
Tyrone Gilford led the Vols with 17 points from 8 baskets and 1 for 2 on free throws. DJ Ealy added 14 points from 4 baskets and 2 treys. Jalen Robinson’s 5 baskets and 2 free throws added 12 to the score. OJ White added 10 points. Jamie Hinson had 7 points. Josh Adams, Shieme Ricks, and Jyleik Eldereach had 6 points. Jawquinn Black added 3 points. Daymond Cunningham had 2 points. Joey Walters added 1 point.
For the Warriors, Destin Clark scored 10 baskets and 5 or 6 free throws for 25 points. Gabe Shook had 3 baskets, and 3 of 4 free throws for 9 points. John Fuse added 7 points. Jersey Graves had 5 points. Caleb Wallace and Tre Thompson each had 3 points A.J. Pledger and Marcus Kirkland each added 2 points.
The boys game was fast-paced in the first half. The first half had more fast breaking plays than the controlled plays of the second half. Andrew Jackson Head Coach commented that in reviewing films from the previous season, they realized that they had been playing very fast. This year, the goal was to slow down and “Make the right pass, and the right play. Tonight we made the right pass and the right play.” Said Wright.
Andrew Jackson hosts Lancaster High on Friday at home. Indian Land travels for an away game at Culbertson in Waxhaw, NC. For a Friday game.