The Indian Land High School basketball team's roller coaster season is drawing to a close and the final home game lived up to what has been a season packed with drama - a double-overtime loss on a last second, buzzer-beating shot by Chesterfield.
The Warriors, who led the game by as many as 18 points in the first half, lost 72-70 Tuesday night.
Chesterfield, down 40-24 early in the second half, used a 21-0 run during the third and early fourth quarters to climb back into the game, holding Indian Land scoreless for more than six minutes and taking the lead, 45-40. The game tightened up from there and Chesterfield missed a potential game-winner at the end of regulation with the score tied at 53.
Sophomore guard Terrell Rogers led the Warriors in the first overtime, knocking down the team's first seven points, but it was Chesterfield who, again, missed an opportunity to put the game away with the score knotted up, 62-62.
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After a pair of turnovers, one by each team, in the final seconds of the second overtime period, Chesterfield had a third opportunity for a game winner.
This time they would not be denied and knocked down the shot in the final second.
Sophomore guard Rogers led the Warriors with 23 points, but it was Indian Land's night to honor its seniors. Head Coach Nate Smith said his two seniors, Keyadd Miller and Marcus Williams, meant everything to his team this year.
An emotional Smith reflected on the duo's final season.
"They've been with me for five years. It's funny - it's kind of like a father seeing his sons grow up. They came in here as boys and they're leaving as young men," Smith said. "We've been trying to bring them along as student-athletes and they're at the top of their class. I couldn't ask for two finer seniors."
Indian Land will play its final game of the season at Buford Thursday.
"The sophomore and junior classes will have to step up," Smith said looking forward to next season.
"The foundation has been laid."