Cane Bay 52, Hilton Head High 51: A furious comeback in the fourth quarter Tuesday night came up just short for the Hilton Head High boys basketball team, as the Seahawks dropped their Region 7-AAA opener at Cane Bay, 52-51.
Cane Bay led by as many as 20 points and had a 17-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Seahawks, led by Jake Coltrane, outscored the Cobras 23-7 in the final period.
"You can't win a game just playing eight minutes, you need to play a full game of basketball," Hilton Head High coach Ken Updike said.
Hilton Head High had a couple of chances to take the lead in the closing moments, but missed a pair of free throws and had a shot from the short corner miss the mark right before the buzzer.
Alex MacDonald led the Seahawks (6-9 overall, 0-1 region) with 18 points. Coltrane finished with 14 points and four assists, scoring 11 of those points in the fourth quarter. He hit three 3-pointers in a row during the Seahawks' late push. James Sanders added nine points and seven rebounds.
Marcus Looney led Cane Bay with 12 points and Traevon Doctor added 11.
Hilton Head High returns home Friday to take on Battery Creek.
Beaufort High 51, Colleton County 49: Jordan Broussard hit the winning shot with seven seconds left to lift the Eagles in their Region 8-AAAA opener. Broussard's shot capped off a late rally by the Eagles, who trailed by 10 with less than four minutes to play.
Thurston Milton led the way for Beaufort High (9-4 overall, 1-0 region) with 14 points and Tyrone Holmes had 12. Broussard finished with nine points.
The Eagles, the defending region champions, play at Ashley Ridge on Friday.
Shykeim Chisholm had 14 points and Frankell Williams scored 13 for Colleton County.
Whale Branch 62, Estill 25: The Warriors improved to 4-1 in Region 5-A with a rout of Estill.
Charles Jiles had 14 points and six rebounds to lead Whale Branch (9-4), and Eric Frazier chipped in 12 points and four assists. Dee Delaney did a bit of everything, scoring six points, grabbing 13 rebounds and finishing with six steals and three assists.
The Warriors play at Bethune-Bowman on Friday.
Dontavous Bostick had six points to lead Estill.
Hardeeville 89, Abundant Life 34: Garretson Seedon had 20 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists to propel the Hurricanes.
Four players scored in double figures as Hardeeville cruised on its homecourt. Richard Garvin added 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks, and Devantae Doe and Dyquan Johnson scored 11 points each.
Hardeeville (4-9) hosts Branchville on Friday.
JV: Beaufort High 32, Colleton County 22
JV: Hilton Head Prep 29, Hilton Head Christian 20
Middle School: Hilton Head Prep 24, Hilton Head Christian 17
Middle School: Robert Smalls 43, McCracken 37
Colleton County 77, Beaufort High 45: Tee Burns scored 21 points to lead Colleton County past the Eagles in a Region 8-AAAA opener.
Emani Gray and Ebony Watson had 12 points apiece, and Paris Smith scored 11 for Beaufort High (5-6 overall, 0-1 region), which plays at Ashley Ridge on Friday.
Bluffton 65, Lake Marion 53: Tibra Wheeler had 17 points, Jennifer Giles had 16 and Shakeria Kitty scored 14 as the Bobcats opened up their Region 7-AAA schedule with a road victory.
Alex Bailey added six points, Monique Bryant and Johnnie Gaston had four each and Dynasty Mervin scored two for Bluffton (9-3 overall, 1-0 region), which hosts Cane Bay on Friday.
Marquayla Lee-Parson had 21 points to lead Lake Marion.
Hilton Head High 37, Cane Bay 27: The Seahawks opened the Region 7-AAA portion of their schedule with a road win.
Senior Sabrina Drammis finished with 18 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter as Hilton Head High pulled away. Lauryn Bush added seven points for the Seahawks.
Hilton Head High led 11-10 at halftime after going scoreless in the second quarter.
The Seahawks played without injured point guard Tashawna Washington. The 5-foot-8 senior is hopeful to return soon.
The Seahawks (11-4, 1-0) take the floor again Friday against visiting Battery Creek.
Whale Branch 79, Estill 44: S'nitra Mack poured in 28 points to lead four Warriors in double figures. Kemoni Jenkins added 12 points, seven assists and seven steals, and Shaniqua Johnson and Cynthia Rivers scored 11 each for Whale Branch (6-4 overall, 3-1 Region 5-A). Kenyada Moultrie had eight points, Deborah Fields four, Brittney Pryor and Shaquanna Green two, and Monique Bing one for the Warriors, who play at Bethune-Bowman on Friday.
Charleston Collegiate 30, Beaufort Academy 29: The Eagles, playing for the second night in a row, came up on the short end of a tight region battle.
Beaufort Academy (5-6 overall, 3-3 region) had a one-point lead with about two minutes left, but wasn't able to hang on.
"I think three points was probably the biggest lead anyone had, and it went back and forth all night long," Eagles coach Jay Gardner said.
Miranda Weslake led the Eagles with 18 points. Megan Kahn and Taylor Vincent scored four each and Katherine Neal had three for the Eagles, who play Tuesday at First Baptist.
Danielle Buck led Charleston Collegiate with 11 points.
JV: Beaufort Academy 42, Charleston Collegiate 11
JV: Hilton Head Christian 40, Hilton Head Prep 22
Middle School: McCracken 21, Robert Smalls 20
Middle School B: Hilton Head Christian 20, Hilton Head Prep 9