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GREENWOOD – The home floor was useful in what wound up being a 2-game split between Laurens and Emerald. The Vikings evened the series with a 68-61 victory over the Raiders on Wednesday night.

Isaiah Burnside, who scored 17 points and combined with J.Q. Fair for 31, led the Raiders, who rallied too late in the fourth quarter after defeating Emerald 53-44 at LDHS on Monday. Laurens is scheduled to face Woodruff for a second time on Friday, this time at home, when the girls’ team hopes at last to get its season underway.

Emerald (3-3) exploded in the opening period, taking a 28-16 lead, and by the time the fourth quarter commenced, Emerald led by 17 points. Laurens (2-6) finally outperformed the Vikings 19-9 in the final eight minutes.

Shep Forrester led Emerald with 17 points.

Other Raider point producers were Joshua Cureton, Waldrick Burnside and K.D. Mosley, each of whom scored 8, and Preston Mahon and Chase Jackson with 3 apiece.

While Newberry Academy is the “host” of the Senn Freight Lines Holiday Hoop Fest, the girls’ games on Friday and Saturday are being played at Laurens Academy.

The LA girls are scheduled to take on Providence Athletic Club on Friday at 3 p.m., followed by Newberry Academy against Shannon Forest at 5. Saturday games are LA vs. Shannon Forest at 3 and Newberry Academy vs. Chapman High at 5.

Meanwhile, in Newberry, the Laurens Academy boys are in the 5 p.m. game on Friday, facing PAC after Newberry Academy takes on Shannon Forest at 3.

Due to a COVID-19 quarantine, Northside Christian withdrew from the affair on Wednesday, leaving only the game between PAC and Laurens Academy (1 p.m.) on Saturday.