2018-02-09 / Sports

Lower Richland closes the door on A.C. Flora


A.C. Flora’s McKinley Brooks-Sumpter shoots a jumper over Lower Richland’s Anala Nelson. 
Photo by Perry McLeod A.C. Flora’s McKinley Brooks-Sumpter shoots a jumper over Lower Richland’s Anala Nelson. Photo by Perry McLeod Jordan Canty led the Lower Richland Lady Diamond Hornets with 14 points, and LaNiya Smith finished with 10 points as Lower Richland topped the visiting A.C. Flora Lady Falcons 45-42 Friday, February 2.

Four points from McKinley Brooks-Sumpter and two from Debrielle Williams gave A.C. Flora an early 6-2 lead. Lower Richland responded with layups from Anala Nelson and Seanavier Washington and 3-pointers from Canty and Zhayla Adams to take a 12-7 lead. A free throw and bucket from Brooks- Sumpter, a 3-pointer from Lauren Bookman, and a layup from Williams gave the Lady Falcons a 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.

A bucket from Jordan Strange extended the lead to 17-14, but Lower Richland scored eight of the next 12 points to hold a 22-21 advantage. Washington and Canty provided the scoring.


Lower Richland’s LaNiya Smith fights with A.C. Flora’s Faith Adeojo for possession of the ball. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Lower Richland’s LaNiya Smith fights with A.C. Flora’s Faith Adeojo for possession of the ball. Photo by Perry McLeod A free throw from Williams tied the score at 22-22 at halftime.

A 3-pointer from Ireona Brooks gave Lower Richland the early lead in the third quarter. A.C. Flora countered with a 10- 1 run to go up 32-26. Brooks-Sumpter scored five points, Strange added three points, and Williams had two during the run. The Lady Diamond Hornets came back to finish the quarter with a 9-2 run and take a 35-34 lead. Smith and Canty scored during the run.

The Lower Richland lead widened early in the final quarter with a 7-2 run. Smith, Adams, and Brooks contributed during the run.

A.C. Flora fought back with a pair of free throws from Williams and buckets from Brooks- Sumpter and Strange to tie the score at 42-42 with 1:34 left in regulation. The Lady Diamond Hornets finished the game with free throws from Adams and Smith to take the three-point win.

Lower Richland: Jordan Canty 14, LaNiya Smith 10, Zhayla Adams 7, Ireona Brooks 6, Seanavier Washington 6, and Anala Nelson 2.

A.C. Flora: McKinley Brooks-Sumpter 18, Debrielle

Williams 9, Jordan Strange 7, Lauren Bookman 5, Mikayla Eargle 2, and Chasity Sessions 1.

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