The Indian Land Lady Warriors took care of business in the first round of the Class A playoffs Monday night against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (HKT) with a 60-45 win.
Indian Land, which improved to 16-5 overall with the win, was led by three players – Mariah Williams, Jessica Floyd and Shelby McConnell – all of whom scored in double figures.
Williams and McConnell both had 15 points, while Floyd had 14 points. The Lady Warriors will take on the winner of Christ Church and Calhoun Falls on the road Thursday.
The Lady Warriors shot 34 percent from the field (23-67) and had the game wrapped up by the start of the fourth quarter, leading 51-31 with seven minutes left.
Indian Land came out of the locker room after the half leading 33-21 and started the third quarter hitting their first three baskets, which was part of a 13-2 run to open the period.
Indian Land used fast-break points in the third quarter to pull away. And when they weren’t running and gunning, they went inside to Floyd and McConnell, both of whome used their height to their advantage.
McConnell scored seven of her 15 in the opening period and Floyd added eight of her 14 in the same period as Indian Land jumped out to a 15-5 lead to open the game.
Lady Warriors head coach Tamara Jacobus said Floyd really stepped up in the game.
“This was her best game of the season,” Jacobus said. “She has been working hard and putting in a lot of extra time after practice.”Indian Land ended the quarter on a 9-2 run for a 20-5 advantage.
In the second quarter, HKT finally got its offense going as Melinda Brimfield scored eight of her 24 points. Brimfield, who as averaging over 20 points a game for the 15-5 Lady Trojans, did the majority of work for HKT. At one point in time, Brimfield had scored 21 of HKT’s 30 points.HKT, who finished third in Region 4-A during the regular season, went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter to pull the game to 26-19 with 2:30 left in the half. The run helped to put HKT back in the game.
HKT played their best quarter in the second by scoring 16 points on 6-14 shooting.
Starting in the third quarter, the Lady Warriors started double teaming Brimfield and it worked. Although she scored nine points in the quarter, the rest of her teammates went 0-4 from the field and she herself scored just nine points.
In the fourth quarter, Brimfield was held to just three points, while her teammates started to step up, but it was a little too late by then. HKT’s Janobia Tyler scored seven of her 10 points in the final period.
Indian Land’s Mykala Hallums came off the bench and score seven points of the team’s nine points to finish things up for the Lady Warriors.
“She was our sixth man and she is okay with that,” Jacobus said. “She is willing to do what it takes to win.”