VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
Bluffton 53, Cane Bay 48: The Bobcats erased a seven-point fourth quarter deficit and rallied to pick up their second straight Region 7-AAA victory to start the conference season. The win gives Bluffton more league victories than it had all of last season.
C.J. Frazier scored 16 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to spark the game-winning run. Anthony Smith, who added eight points, followed that with a basket to give Bluffton the lead for good in the final two minutes.
Michael Grant scored 12 points, and Brandon Rivers had 11 for the Bobcats (8-5, 2-0 Region 7-AAA), who host Berkeley at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bethune-Bowman 51, Whale Branch 45: The Warriors rallied from down eight points at halftime to take the lead in the third quarter, but the Mohawks regained control in the final quarter for the win.
Devonta Delaney had 11 points, six rebounds and four steals to lead the Warriors (3-11 overall, 2-4 Region 5-A). Stedmon James added 10 points, and Leroy Perry had eight points and 11 rebounds. Eric Frazier contributed eight points, four assists and four steals.
Bethune-Bowman (6-5, 3-2) was led by Carl Heyward's 16 points.
Hardeeville 83, Branchville 56: Donald Scott had 18 points, five steals, three assists and three rebounds as the Hurricanes improved to 3-2 in Region 5-A.
Jarrell Knighton added 15 points, eight steals, five assists and five rebounds for Hardeeville (4-10). Jeremiah Nelson had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Travon Harris added 10 points and three steals for the Hurricanes, who play at Jasper County rival Ridgeland on Tuesday.
Chris Bethea had 29 points to lead Branchville.
Hilton Head Christian 66, Pinewood Prep 57: Using strong defense and steady free-throw shooting down the stretch, the Eagles notched a rare win at SCISAA powerhouse Pinewood Prep.
The game was tied going into the fourth quarter, but Hilton Head Christian (9-5 overall, 1-2 SCISAA Region 3-AAA) made 16 of 25 free throws in the final frame to put it away.
Eagles coach Vinnie Emery credited his big men for shutting down Pinewood's interior offense.
JaBrook Tucker led the Eagles with 21 points. Taylor MacDonald added 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Point guard Brad Meccariello had a strong game, compiling 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. C.J. Evanofski added 10 points for the Eagles, who host Northwood Academy on Friday for their homecoming game.
Keith Pinckney had 20 points and Jerome Deas 19 for Pinewood.
Hilton Head Prep 56, Northwood Academy 43: Patrick Andrews posted 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Dolphins to the road win.
Dimitri Lowry added 13 points, four assists and three steals, and Matt Layman had nine points, seven assists and three steals for Hilton Head Prep (12-4 overall, 2-1 SCISAA Region 3-AAA). Alex Orford and Bo Strimpfel each had seven rebounds for the Dolphins, who host Memorial Day School at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Ty Eberhart had nine points for Northwood Academy.
Thomas Heyward Academy 67, Cathedral Academy 27: Don Simmons had 13 points and 10 rebounds to propel the Rebels to the road win.
JA Malphrus and J.D. Tuten each added 10 points for Thomas Heyward, which led 48-7 at halftime.
The Rebels (8-3) host Bible Baptist on Tuesday.
St. Paul Academy 53, Beaufort Academy 41: The Eagles went into halftime only down one point, but the hosts pulled away in the second half using solid pressure defense.
Preston Suber finished with 22 points and Jack Griffith added 12 for Beaufort Academy (5-8 overall, 3-4 SCISAA Region 1-AA). Michael Bible had five points and Leif Koppernaes scored two for the Eagles, who host First Baptist on Tuesday.
Kevin Hamilton had 16 points, and Justin Travis and Lindsey Rivers each scored 11 for St. Paul (2-5, 2-1), which finished with 19 steals and outrebounded the Eagles, 51-30.
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL
Bluffton 44, Cane Bay 42 (OT): Sheree Williams scored 17 points, and Bre Brown had 10 -- including a basket at the buzzer that sent the game into overtime -- as the Bobcats improved to 2-0 in Region 7-AAA.
Brown scored eight of her team's 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Bobcats managed to overcome a one-point first quarter and a six-point third.
Trailing by three in the closing seconds, Bluffton hit a free throw and then intentionally missed the second attempt, which Brown rebounded and put back to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Bobcats then held the home team to one point in overtime.
Jennifer Giles added seven points for Bluffton (10-5).
Northwood Academy 71, Hilton Head Prep 66: Foul trouble was the Dolphins' undoing, and the host Chargers put a halt to Prep's 11-game winning streak.
Three starters fouled out for Hilton Head Prep, including sisters Jill Brunori and Kate Brunori, who combined for 38 points.
The Dolphins led by five at halftime before Northwood Academy fought back. Prep trailed by four with 11 seconds to go, but made a free throw and got the rebound after intentionally missing the second to give itself a chance to tie. Kathleen Blum, who finished with 15 points, missed the mark on a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied it at 69.
Jamese Franklin added nine points for Prep (17-2 overall, 3-1 SCISAA Region 3-AAA), which plays at Heathwood Hall on Wednesday.
"Everything was against us and the kids never quit for a second," Prep coach Bob Sulek said.
"We've lost our last game this year," he predicted.
Amber Campbell led Northwood Academy with 26 points.
Whale Branch 54, Bethune-Bowman 44: Deborah Fields had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Warriors move to .500 in Region 5-A.
Kenyada Moultrie added 14 points, S'nitra Mack had 11 and Brittney Pryor scored six for Whale Branch (4-8 overall, 3-3 region). Fantasia Major added four points, and Tasheka Wright and Danielle Mack had two apiece for the Warriors, who host Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Tuesday.
Jasmine Moorer had 10 points and Wykeria Jones added nine for the winless Mohawks (0-12, 0-6).
Pinewood Prep 64, Hilton Head Christian 10: Five players had two points each in the Eagles' loss -- Kelly Humes, Becky Woods, Audrey Bensch, Jessica Day and Katherine Gehrt.
Jennifer Rhodes and Caitlynn Dambaugh had 11 points each for Pinewood Prep.
The Eagles (1-13, 0-4 SCISAA Region 2-AA) play today at Ashley Hall.