High School Sports

Keenan, LR get first Chick-fil-A wins; CAJ still looking

Keenan and Lower Richland improved to 1-1 at the Click-fil-A Classic in early Monday action at Richland Northeast. C.A. Johnson, meanwhile, dropped to 0-2.

Keenan (5-3) bounced back from a first-round loss to Pinewood Prep on Saturday to romp by Union County 82-49 behind the play of Marvin Poole, Ryan Norris and Bradley Smith. Poole scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals to pace the Raiders past the in-state Yellow Jackets. Norris finished with 18 points and two steals, and Smith scored eight points and dominated the glass with 14 rebounds. Smith had 14 boards in the Raiders opener vs. Pinewood, as well. Norris has tallied 18 points in each of his two tournament games.

Keenan takes on Miller County, Va. At 1:45 p.m. in its final tournament outing.

Lower Richland (5-2) returned to the winning side after dropped a first-round game on Friday to host Richland Northeast. The Diamond Hornets pulled out a tense 62-60 win against Logan, W.V.

Larry Felder’s two fast-break scores with time waning was the difference for LR. Felder, who finished with 15 points, scored a lay-up off a feed from Keith Johnson with 32 seconds to go put the Diamond Hornets ahead 60-57. After a missed 3-pointer by Logan was retrieved by Kenneth McFadden, Felder ended the drama with a dunk off a pass from Preston Blackmon with 10 seconds left.

Blackmon had a team-high 18 points, hitting 3 of 4 shots from 3-point range, and had five assists, five rebounds and two steals. Johnson chipped in 13 points, two assists and two steals to the cause.

Lower Richland closes out tournament play Tuesday at noon against Bishop McGuiness of Oklahoma City, Okla.

C.A. Johnson dropped a 46-41 decision to Bishop McGuiness on Monday. The Green Hornets pulled within 39-38 of The Fighting Irish on a 3-pointer by Aaron Haggins with 4:32 remaining in the game, but didn’t score against until Terell Magazine drained another 3-pointer with 52 seconds to go. However, Magazine’s tally was the last of the game for CAJ.

Antonio Brown topped the Hornets’ scoring list with 18 points, Magazine added 12 and Naqui Darby grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

CAJ has one last chance to get into the win column when it takes on Logan in Tuesday's first game at 9 a.m.

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