If there is one thing the Indian Land boys basketball team knows how to do, it's put on a show.
The Warriors put up 40 points in the fourth quarter to pull away from Columbia in a 93-77 win in the opening round of the Class AA state playoffs.
"We said we have to come out and play," said Indian Land coach Nate Smith. "I think a big motivation was football season. Them losing during football left a bad taste in the mouth."
Indian Land lost to Columbia in the first round of the state football playoffs back in November.
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Sophomore Hayden Sawyer and junior Terrell Rogers each scored 31 points to lead the way for the short-handed Indian Land squad.
"That young group grew up tonight," Smith said.
The Warriors were without their spark plug Darnell Rogers, Terrell's younger brother, who was out with an injury.
Smith said Darnell Rogers should be back for the second round game.
Nevertheless, Indian Land didn't miss a beat as they pulled away in the final period to get the win. They will now take on Woodruff, a 59-55 winner over Carolina on Thursday, in the second round Saturday.
Indian Land shot just 50 percent from the field (34-68), but did much better from the free throw line, going 20-27.
Sawyer and Rogers each played well. Sawyer had been struggling with an illness in recent days, but showed up early to get some extra practice in before the game.
Rogers was 10-17 from the field and 8-12 from the line in the game, while Sawyer was 11-17 from the field and 8-10 from the line. Sawyer missed just one shot in the second half.
Indian Land battled back-and-forth with Columbia for the majority of the game and held a six point lead, 53-47, after three quarters.
Things started to pick up when Rogers drained a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter. Indian Land hit 14-of-17 shots from the field in the final period, including two 3-pointers. They also went 10-for-14 from the free throw line in the fourth.
The Warriors scored the majority of their points on fast-breaks and getting easy looks at the baskets. When they weren't scoring on layups, they were hitting mid-range jumpers and getting to the line.
Indian land senior Jarrell Robinson scored 12 points in the game, with half of his points coming in the fourth quarter and 10 of his 12 coming in the second half.
However, as hot as Indian Land was, Columbia wouldn't go away and kept pace part of the way, dropping 30 points as well in the final period.
Columbia's McArtha Thompson led with 22 points and hit four 3-pointers in a row at one point in the fourth quarter to keep the Capitals within 10 points on several occasions.
One thing that hurt Columbia's chances was its foul shooting as it hit just nine of 24 free-throws in the game.
INDIAN LAND 93
Columbia - Marcus Praylow 23, McArtha Thompson 22, Justin Metze 13, Brandon Buskey 6, Keith Bates 6, Shykeem Marlow 3, Trinty Sells 2, Jordan Smith 2
Indian Land - Hayden Sawyer 31, Terrell Rogers 31, Jarrell Robinson 12, Marty Cauthen 7, Cameron Davis 4, Tyler Watson 3, Rashid McGriff 3, Jalen Burnell 2
3-pointers - Columbia 8 (Thompson 4, Metze 2, Praylow, Marlow), Indian Land 4 (Rogers 3, Sawyer). Team fouls - Columbia 26, Indian Land 22. Fouled out - McGriff (IL), Metze (C), Buskey (C).
Records: Columbia 12-11; Indian Land 15-8.