A quintet of Laurens Academy football stars proved instrumental in a lopsided victory of North over South in the S.C. Independent School Association all-star game on Friday night.
Let by Laurens County Player of the Year Thomas Lowry, the North defeated the South, 64-0, at Holly Hill Academy.
Lowry passed for two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. He also caught a pair of touchdown passes as he lined up at wide-out when not playing quarterback.
Also selected for the game were Reles Littleton, Carson Venable, Judson Watkins and Caio Rita. Rita was unable to play due to injury.
Laurens’ basketball success began before its varsity boys defeated Clinton, 48-35, on Friday night.
The Raiders also won the junior varsity contests conducted between the two schools on Thursday at the LDHS gymnasium. Laurens won the girls’ game 28-18 and the boys’ 36-30.
The Raiders held the Clinton girls scoreless in the first quarter and led 16-4 at halftime. After three quarters the score was 22-7, but the Red Devils closed to within 10 by outpacing the Raiders 11-6 in the finalperiod
For Laurens, Mylayja Thompson scored 7 points. Also scratching the book were Nyri Allen with 6, Myangel Walker and Olivia Brockman each with 4, Destiny Anderson 3 and Syberia Boyd 2.
N’Dya Shelton led Clinton with 5, followed by Hannah Gary and Jordan Hill with 4 apiece, Patience Adams and Marcey Campbell with 2 each and Osaviona Swindler with 1 point.
The Laurens and Clinton boys fought to a standoff in the first half. LDHS dominated the third quarter by outscoring the Devils 14-1. Clinton came back in the fourth quarter but fell short.
Devon Redd led the Raiders with 13 points, followed by Jay Hunter and Mason Aiken with 6 points each, Vijay Austin 4, Hunter Nabors 3 and Marco Barnes and Owen Pridgen 2 apiece.
In middle school basketball, Dixie swept Sanders in a pair of games played in Due West.
The Hornets won the boys’ game 36-23 and the girls’ 19-13.