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Irmo spoils Lady Demons' fun, 54-41

Posted: February 9, 2013 10:20 a.m.
Updated: February 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

With no playoff spot on the line and with this being the final game of her team’s season, Lugoff-Elgin girls’ basketball coach Von Duncan had one piece of advice before her team took to the court to meet visiting Irmo on Friday.
Duncan told the Lady Demons to go out, play hard and, most of all, have fun.
While the end result, a 54-41 loss to the playoff-bound Yellow Jackets, was not the perfect outcome, Duncan was pleased with her team’s approach and play in their season finale.
“I was looking for our girls to have fun,” said Duncan, whose voice choked with emotion from the senior night ceremony, held prior to the boys’ game. “This was the last hurrah for our seniors. We told them to do it big; leave it all on the court with no regrets.”
Having as much, if not more, fun than any player on the floor was Lady Demon senior guard Dahiana Rodriguez, who finished her career with 22 points, second only to Irmo’s Ke’ Asia Jackson’s 24. After one fourth quarter 3-point goal, a smiling Rodriguez lifted her arms to the crowd.
“You could see that Dahiana Rodriguez had the time of her life playing in her last game,” Duncan said, while managing a smile.
There was little to be happy about early for L-E, which found itself in a 13-4 hole after the first quarter with all those points coming from the foul line. Across the way, Jackson, a sophomore guard, was well on her way to having a big night as she pumped in nine points for the Jackets.
Rodriguez started to find her way in the second quarter, scoring L-E’s first five points as the lead was chopped to eight at 17-9, following a Rodriguez steal and layin with 4:45 left in the first half. After L-E’s Megan Jean answered a Briana Taylor layin with a short jumper, Irmo went on an 11-0 run to pull away to a 30-11 lead. The spree ended when L-E guard Alexis Williams banked home a 3-ball with 48 seconds left in the first half. An eight-foot banker from Rodriguez closed the L-E scoring in a first 16 minutes in which Irmo took advantage of a bevy of turnovers to cruise to a 31-16 halftime lead.
Duncan said the ball handling mistakes were addressed at halftime.
“We told them that when we have to ball, we can control the tempo of the game and that we have to protect the ball when it’s in our possession,” she said of her halftime talk to her team. “And, on defense, we have to get a collective effort. It takes one person to shoot the ball, but on defense, it takes a collective effort.”
L-E opened the second half with baskets from Rodriguez, Samantha Jean and Williams to trim the deficit to 33-22. But the guests charged back, using a 12-4 closing run, to take a commanding 45-26 lead into the final eight minutes of the L-E season.
The lead grew to 20 points, at 50-30, despite Rodriguez’s scoring nine straight points for her team to help cut the margin to 50-37 as the contest headed under the two-minute mark. Baskets from Williams and Jametrious Salmond closed the book on the L-E scoring for the night.
Duncan said farewell to six seniors on Friday and said they left big shoes to be filled for next season and, beyond.
“We’re going to relax, but we’re not really going to take any time off,” Duncan said. “We’re going to get in the weight room, start running and conditioning, do some shooting around and doing some other off-season stuff.”

Irmo (54): Amber Clea 2 0-0 4, Ke’Asia Jackson 7 9-12 24, Jada Morgan 0 2-5 2, Kiki Canter 2 1-4 5, Mariana Haney 1 0-0 2, Briana Taylor 5 0-1 10, Symone Harrison 0 2-3 2, Olivia Jabber 2 1-2 5. Totals: 19 15-27 54
L-E (41): Nakiesha Counts 0 1-2 1, Alexis Williams 3 3-4 10, Dahiana Rodriguez 8 4-6 22, Megan Jean 1 0-0 2, Haley Ranson 0 0-1 0, Samantha Jean 1 0-0 2, Kalila Pyfrom 1 0-0 2, Jametrious Salmond 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 8-15 41
Score by quarters: First: Irmo, 13-4; Halftime: Irmo, 31-16; Third: Irmo, 45-26; Three-point goals: Irmo 1 Jackson), L-E 3 (Rodriguez 2, Williams)

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