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Prep girls basketball: Career game by Bost lifts Raiders

MOUNT ULLA — South Rowan star Avery Locklear fouled out on a touch foul with 3:41 left to play, and coach Jarrod Smith was temporarily beside himself because the Raiders were in a tense struggle at West Rowan.

South Rowan point guard Sylvetta Bost had the game of her life. Part of her contribution was helping settle things down.

“We can always replace each other and fill any spot,” Bost said. “I told Coach to calm down and not to get a technical because we were going to be OK.”

Bost was good as her word, and South Rowan held on to win the South Piedmont Conference game 77-68.

Things looked iffy for the Raiders when Taylor Martin hit a 3-pointer too make it a 64-59 game just seconds after Locklear exited, but Bost found teammate Beth Ann Martin open for the game’s biggest two to stop the Falcons’ charge.

“B.A. was close enough, and we’ve got faith in her to make that shot,” Bost said. “So I drove and dished.”

When Bost got the ball to an open Cassidy Chipman, Chipman muscled in the and-one that clinched victory.

Locklear and Bost scored 21 apiece. Bost had never scored more than 14. Chipman had 14 of her 15 points in the second half and several blocks. Malaysia Williams and Caroline Hubbard scored enough to keep South Rowan (12-5, 9-2 SPC) in position to win when Chipman was off in the first half.

Khaila Hall hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 for the Falcons (7-11, 5-5 SPC). Martin had 14. Shanice Miller and Diamond Lovell scored 11 each.

“It was a great win for us, finishing without Avery,” Smith said. “We won on the road on a night when I think West Rowan played about as hard as they can play.”

South Rowan (77): Locklear 21, Bost 21, Chipman 15, Williams 11, Hubbard 7, B. Martin 2.

West Rowan (68): Hall 23, Martin 14, Lovell 11, Miller 11, Vaughters 7, Yow 2, Greene.

South Rowan     18  18  15  26 — 77

West Rowan      15  20  8    25— 68

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