Prep Roundup, Jan. 18

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 18, 2012 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hilton Head Prep 31, Memorial Day 29: The Dolphins won their third game of the season, holding off the visitors despite playing more than three minutes in the final quarter with only four players.

Taylor Kent had nine points and eight rebounds for Hilton Head Prep, which dressed seven players to start the game.

The Dolphins lost senior Amber Erkan to injury during the game, and two players fouled out in the fourth, leaving them short handed for nearly half of the final period.

Sophomore Carlie Van sank a pair of late free throws to seal Prep's victory. They were her only points of the game.

The Dolphins' Abby Miles contributed eight points and six rebounds, and Brooke Churchich had six points and a team-high 10 boards.

Now 3-12 overall, Prep visits Pinewood Prep on Friday.

Bluffton 43, Berkeley 20: Shakeria Kitty had 13 points and 14 rebounds, and Tibra Wheeler had 13 points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists to help the Bobcats stay perfect in Region 7-AAA.

Jennifer Giles added 11 points, and Dynasty Mervin and Amber Klitzsch had three points each for Bluffton (12-3 overall, 3-0 region), which plays at Battery Creek at 6 p.m. Friday.

Battery Creek 44, Cane Bay 28: Daisja Cannon scored 16 points and Elizabeth Ford added 10 as the Dolphins improved to 2-1 in Region 7-AAA. Alex Bazemore finished with five points for Battery Creek (3-10), which hosts Bluffton on Friday.

Whale Branch 54, Bamberg-Ehrhardt 30: Shaniqua Johnson scored 10 points to lead the Warriors.

S'nitra Mack contributed nine points and nine rebounds, and Deborah Fields had eight points and 11 rebounds. Kenyada Moultrie finished with nine points, and Kemoni Jenkins had six points and seven steals.

Shaquanna Green added six points, Sharrin Reed had four and Brittney Pryor two for Whale Branch (8-4 overall, 5-1 Region 5-A), which hosts Hardeeville on Friday.

Hilton Head Christian 46, St. Andrews 23: The Eagles erupted for 30 points in the second half, pulling away for a victory in Savannah.

Senior Lauren Davis led Hilton Head Christian with 12 points. Andy Anderson chipped in 10 points, and Audrey and Addison Bensch each scored seven.

Hilton Head Christian took a 16-14 lead into halftime.

The Eagles (7-8) travel to Northwood Academy on Friday.

Thomas Heyward 63, Bible Baptist 41: Brielle Jungblut scored 21 points as the Rebels defeated Bible Baptist for the first time since 2006, although it wasn't the prettiest of games for them.

Caitlyn Cooler added 12 points, and Kayla Canavan and Ashlie Layman had 11 apiece for Thomas Heyward, which made 32 turnovers in the win.

"And they were all unforced turnovers," Rebels coach Gary Mazzanna said.

Thomas Heyward (14-0 overall, 3-0 region) hosts First Baptist on Friday.

First Baptist 43, Beaufort Academy 38: A huge discrepancy in fouls during the second half paved the way for a loss in Charleston for the Eagles, who held a 15-point lead at halftime.

Foul calls were even at three apiece after two quarters, but Beaufort Academy was whistled for 18 fouls in the second half, as compared to only four for First Baptist.

According to Eagles coach Jay Gardner, six of the second-half fouls against his team came on charging calls. One of those fouled out leading scorer Miranda Weslake -- who finished with 20 points -- with six minutes to play. Megan Debardelaben fouled out two minutes later for the Eagles (5-7), who fell into a tie for fourth place in the region with First Baptist.

Beaufort Academy hosts Coastal Christian on Thursday.

Middle School: McCracken 46, Whale Branch 29

Middle School A: Hilton Head Prep 50, St. Francis 31

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bluffton 55, Berekley 33: The Bobcats shook off a slow start to win their third in a row.

Bryson Bell finished with 13 points and C.J. Frazier scored 10 for Bluffton, which managed only a 19-14 lead after the opening two quarters.

The Bobcats (11-2, 2-1) travel to Battery Creek on Friday.

Battery Creek 74, Cane Bay 67: Freshman Devontae Wilson piled up 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to power Battery Creek to a home win.

Michael Robinson added 16 points and Leroy Jennette had 14 for the Dolphins (4-13 overall, 1-2 Region 7-AAA), who host Bluffton on Friday.

Whale Branch 52, Bamberg-Ehrhardt 37: Andre Watson had 13 points and five steals to guide the Warriors to victory.

Dee Delaney had his usual all-around game, scoring six points to go with six assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Leroy Perry added seven points for Whale Branch (10-5 overall, 5-2 Region 5-A), which hosts Hardeeville on Friday.

Hilton Head Christian 71, St. Andrew's 39: Taylor MacDonald poured in 21 points to spark the Eagles.

Two other players scored in double figures for the hosts, senior C.J. Evanofski with 16 and sophomore Brad Meccariello with 12.

The Eagles pulled away in the second half after leading by 14, 37-23, at the half.

Hilton Head Christian (10-7) visits Northwood Academy on Friday.

Memorial Day 74, Hilton Head Prep 37: Shaun Topper had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead Prep in the loss. John Sheehan added eight points, four rebounds and two assists, and senior Franklyn Bakala scored five points in the fourth quarter for the Dolphins (4-14), who play at top-ranked Pinewood Prep on Friday.

Bible Baptist 60, Thomas Heyward 42: Nick Keiffer scored 11 points, and Taylor Cowart had 10 as the Rebels dropped to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in the region.

Marcus Brown scored 20 points to lead Bible Baptist.

First Baptist 68, Beaufort Academy 45: Preston Suber and Michael Bible each had double-doubles in the Eagles' loss.

Suber finished with 23 points, while Bible scored 11. Each grabbed 10 rebounds.

Beaufort Academy (6-7, 3-4) hosts Coastal Christian on Thursday.

JV: Memorial Day 38, Hilton Head Prep 31

WRESTLING

Bluffton wins MLK Duals (Monday): The Bobcats went 5-0 to claim the tournament title at Chesterfield, the first time they've won that event.

Bluffton defeated host Chesterfield, 51-28, in the semifinals and then knocked off Bamberg-Ehrhardt -- the top-ranked Class 1-A team in the state -- in the finals, 43-33. Bluffton also had wins over Loris (64-18), Anson, N.C. (66-18) and Cheraw (48-33).

Chesterfield, Loris, Cheraw and Bamberg-Ehrhardt have combined for 11 state titles in the last eight years, according to Bluffton coach John Hollman.

Bluffton had five wrestlers go 5-0 during the tournament: Nick Stead (106 pounds), Levi Joly (113), Wanner Valasquez (126), Mike Meyerink (145) and Harry Chirinos (152). Three more Bobcats went 4-1: Lloyd Williams (120), Austin Farmer (132) and Corey Stoner (195).

The Bobcats, who improved to 12-2, wrestle at Berkeley on Thursday.

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