High Schools

Prep Roundup, Feb. 4: Hilton Head Christian's Meccariello scores 1,000th point

sports@islandpacket.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Hilton Head Christian Academy's Brad Meccariello scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday night against Ashtree Learning Academy. Left to Right: Coach Mac Tamminen; father, Rick Meccariello; Athletics Director Kenny Conroy; Brad Meccariello; mother, Laurie Meccariello; grandmother, Elsie Meccariello.

PHOTO BY MECCAY NIMMER

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hilton Head Christian Academy 70, Ashtree Learning Academy 55: He may not have known it, but Tuesday night was going to be Brad Meccariello's.

By the end of the night, he -- and everyone else at Hilton Head Christian Academy -- knew whose night it was.

The Eagles senior piled up 27 points Tuesday night in a 70-55 victory over Savannah's Ashtree Learning Academy, scoring his 1,000th career point in the process -- the first player ever, boy or girl, to do so at the Christian Academy.

Meccariello only needed 13 points to reach the milestone, and he easily surpassed it. According to head coach Mac Tamminen, Meccariello wasn't even aware he was approaching the 1,000 mark. But his friends and family knew, and were on hand to see it.

"It's just a testament to how hard that kid's worked over the years, and all the time and effort he's put in," Tamminen said.

Ryan Barrett added 17 points for the Eagles (7-10), who host Northwood Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Randall Murphy scored 11 and Lonnie Rivers had 10 to lead Ashtree.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville 51, North Charleston 49: Terrance Frazier had 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals, and De'Vantae Robinson hit a key 3-pointer to help the Jaguars pull out a Region 6-AA road win.

Robinson, who finished with 14 points, hit the 3 to give Ridgeland-Hardeeville a 50-49 lead. T.J. Mitchell, who had 10 points and eight rebounds, hit a free throw to put the Jaguars up two. North Charleston nearly shocked the Jags, as a desperation half-court shot bounced off the front of the rim.

Ridgeland-Hardeeville (14-5 overall, 10-1 region) hosts Woodland on Friday.

Battery Creek 45, Woodland 43: Yuneek Crittendon passed to Raheem Cooper for the game-winning layup with 2.7 seconds as the Dolphins held off host Woodland.

Eric Freeman led Battery Creek with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Devonte Wilson added 13 points and nine boards. Cooper finished with nine points.

The Dolphins (13-7, 8-3 Region 6-AA) travel Friday to North Charleston.

Whale Branch 106, Bethune-Bowman 45: The Warriors had 15 different players score en route to setting a school record for points in a game.

Denzel Daniel led the way with 18 points, Simeon Middleton had 12, Marcus Bell scored 11 and Camrin Miller added 10 for top-ranked Whale Branch (18-3 overall, 7-0 Region 5-A). Also scoring for the Warriors were: Damian Brown 9, David Lamb 8, Jovelle Coakley 7, Michael Middleton 6, Marlon Williams 6, Devonta Glover 6, Justin Rhode 4, Byron Lloyd 3, Chavone Simmons 2, Jay Middleton 2, Justin Pope 2.

The Warriors are off until Saturday, when they host Allendale-Fairfax.

Bluffton 70, Colleton County 57: D.J. Dobson scored 25 points as the Bobcats pulled away in the second half to stay atop Region 8-AAAA.

Adriel Willis added 16 points and Jae Middleton scored 10 for Bluffton (14-4 overall, 6-1 region), which only led 32-30 at halftime.

Colleton County standout Latrell Nieves had 16 points in the first half, but the Bobcats cranked up their defense and held him scoreless the rest of the game.

Bluffton plays at Summerville on Friday in a showdown at the top of the region.

St. Andrew's 46, Beaufort Academy 35: Kane Thorp scored 16 points in the loss for the Eagles.

Pavle Ilic scored 12 points to lead St. Andrew's.

Beaufort Academy (3-14 overall, 0-7 region) hosts Hilton Head Prep on Wednesday.

Middle School: St. Francis 61, Thomas Heyward Academy 33

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Battery Creek 36, Woodland 35: The Dolphins escaped with a win after fouling Woodland on a 3-point attempt late. The Woodland shooter was only able to make two of the three free throws.

Taniqua Mungin had nine points and four steals to lead Battery Creek (14-6 overall, 8-3 Region 6-AA). Daisja Cannon added six points and five assists, and Elizabeth Ford and Ericka Alston each had six points and five rebounds. Brianna Tolbert chipped in four points and four rebounds, and Deja Moultrie scored three points.

The Dolphins play Friday at North Charleston.

Whale Branch 68, Bethune-Bowman 24: Kemoni Jenkins nearly had a triple-double, scoring 19 points, grabbing 12 steals and dishing out nine assists in the win.

Cheyenne Rogers added 19 points, and Shaniqua Johnson had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors (16-5 overall, 7-0 Region 5-A). Dana Chapel and Jonae Riley each scored four, and Tatyana Ford and Nichole Smalls scored two each.

Whale Branch hosts Allendale-Fairfax on Saturday.

Hilton Head Christian 89, Ashley Hall 38: Macee Tamminen had 23 points and Ziaira Doe added 22 as the Eagles cruised to a region win.

The Eagles made nine 3-pointers in the game, after making 12 in Monday's win over Bible Baptist.

Monica Bundy finished with 18 points and Andy Anderson had 11 for Hilton Head Christian, which led 53-17 at the half. Francesca Guidobono scored eight, Bria McCarthy had three, and Hannah Reynolds and Alexis Evanofski scored two each for the Eagles (14-3 overall, 5-3 region), who host Northwood Academy on Friday.

Aliyah Simmons led Ashley Hall with 16 points.

Thomas Heyward Academy 62, Charleston Collegiate 9: The Rebels saw nine players score in a lopsided victory that got them to the .500 mark.

Ellie Bryan led the way with 12 points and Jamie Davis had 11. Liz Bunton chipped in nine, Alayna DeLong and Sydney Glassberg scored eight, Cheyanne Gray had six, Beth Malphrus four, Kelsey Kelnhofer three and Jessica Davis one.

Thomas Heyward (9-9 overall, 5-3 region) hosts Colleton Prep on Wednesday.

Middle School: St. Francis 46, Thomas Heyward Academy 28

St. Andrew's 45, Beaufort Academy 43: Beaufort Academy star Miranda Weslake had 24 points but fouled out early in the fourth quarter, and St. Andrew's was able to rally for the win. Beaufort Academy was up 39-30 at the time Weslake exited the game.

Anna Dyer finished with 11 points and Mary Keane had four points for Beaufort Academy (11-6 overall, 5-1 region), which hosts Hilton Head Prep on Wednesday.

BOWLING

Hilton Head Prep's Carrabba places third, earns All-State honors: After bowling for just four months, Angelo Carrabba bowled a 529 Tuesday to finish third at the SCISAA state individual bowling championship at Royal Z Lanes in North Columbia. The finish earns the senior SCISAA All-State honors.

"He had a good shot on the oil pattern and was able to put together a few strikes, but was simply outplayed by two tough competitors," Prep coach Bryan VanGronigen said.

Cardinal Newman's Jonathan Lovett rolled a personal-best 780 to smash the SCISAA individual record and win the championship. In second place was Christian Gurney from Cathedral Schoo with a 640.

"Since first picking up a ball in September, Angelo has been dedicated to improving his game, and finishing third in the state is a tremendous accomplishment," Bryan VanGronigen said. "I'm very proud of his commitment to the sport and, most importantly, his teammates and the program. He's a class act and a great kid to coach."

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