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Hilton Head High 36, Lake Marion 26: Sabrina Drammis had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Margo Dill added 10 points and seven rebounds as the short-handed Seahawks stayed unbeaten in region play with a key road win.
The Seahawks were without point guard Sara Manesiotis, who was out sick, but Lauryn Bush filled in admirably with six points and seven assists. Shy Flemming came up big on defense, holding Lake Marion's leading scorer, Raven Scales, to two points, coach Dave Greenberg said. Jamike Hanton led the Gators (7-10 overall, 0-3 in Region 7-AAA) with 12 points.
Hilton Head High (16-1 overall, 3-0 in Region 7-AAA) has won nine consecutive games going into Friday's region game at home against Berkeley.
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Beaufort High 46, Stratford 38: Mykalah Smalls had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Arielle McPhee added 13 points to lead the Eagles to a non-region road win.
Veneshia Holmes added a team-high 13 rebounds to go with three points for the Eagles, who led by one at halftime and held off several Stratford rallies in the second half.
"This was good for us, because we've been having a hard time on the road," Eagles coach Lillian Keeler Aldred said.
The Eagles (8-8 overall, 1-1 in Region 8-AAAA) will make another road trip Friday, going to Summerville for a region game.
Cane Bay 59, Battery Creek 51: Deija Cannon had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead three Dolphins in double figures, but it wasn't enough for visiting Battery Creek to avoid its second consecutive Region 7-AAA loss.
Nyeeka Simmons had 11 points and four assists, Katrece Daniels added 10 points and four rebounds, and Justice Hill had nine points and four rebounds for the Dolphins. Rashidah Jones added five points and eight rebounds.
Angelique Green scored 26 points to lead Cane Bay.
The Dolphins (7-9 overall, 1-2 in Region 7-AAA) play at Bluffton on Friday in another region game.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt 43, Whale Branch 36: S'nitra Mack scored 22 points, and Kenyada Moultrie added 10, but the Warriors couldn't find a way to stop Kritofia Smart, who scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Red Raiders to a Region 5-A win.
Whale Branch made a charge in the third quarter, but coach Wilbert Bryant said his team had too many defensive lapses down the stretch to make up the deficit.
"We've got to learn to play with intensity the entire game," Bryant said.
The Warriors (4-9 overall, 3-4 in Region 5-A) play another region game at Hardeeville on Friday.
Beaufort Academy 61, First Baptist 20: Megan DeBardelaben had a huge night with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, and Miranda Weslake added 16 points and eight steals, leading the Eagles to a big home victory -- their third consecutive win.
Katherine Neal scored 10 points for Beaufort Academy, and Charlotte Delfosse added seven.
The Eagles (9-5 overall, 5-2 in SCISAA Region 1-AA) were scheduled to play at Dorchester Academy on Thursday, but that game has been canceled. Their next game will be a region contest at St. Andrew's on Friday.
Bible Baptist 55, Thomas Heyward 50: The third-ranked Rebels watched a nine-point second-quarter lead dwindle when starters Jamie Malphrus, Ashlie Layman and Taylor Ernestine worked their way into foul trouble, and the top-ranked Braves rallied for a big SCISAA Region 1-AA victory in Ridgeland.
Caitlyn Cooler scored 16 points to lead the Rebels. Kayla Canavan added 11 points, and Layman had eight.
Ariel Martinez scored 32 for Bible Baptist.
The teams will meet again Jan. 27 in Savannah, and Rebels coach Gary Mazzanna thinks they'll see each other one more time -- deep in the playoffs.
"Like I told our girls, our most important game with them will be our third one," he said.
The Rebels (10-4 overall, 2-1 in SCISAA Region 1-AA) play at First Baptist in another region game Friday.
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Beaufort High 61, Stratford 41: Simeon Daise scored 21 points and dished out 10 assists, and Keith Carpenter added 11 points, leading the Eagles to an easy non-region victory on the road.
Dymonte Gwathney added seven points and six rebounds, and Rakeem Palmer had six points and 10 rebounds for Beaufort High.
The Eagles (13-3 overall, 2-0 in Region 8-AAAA) have won four straight heading into a region game at Summerville on Friday.
Cane Bay 58, Battery Creek 50: Terrell McWilliams had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Arnold Mahafee added 12 points and six rebounds, but the Dolphins made too many mistakes down the stretch and suffered their first Region 7-AAA loss at Cane Bay.
"We just turned the ball over too many times," Dolphins coach Antoine Youmans said. "We had 17 turnovers, and that obviously determined the game."
The Dolphins (8-10 overall, 2-1 in Region 7-AAA) play a key region game at Bluffton on Friday.
Lake Marion 74, Hilton Head High 52: The Gators turned a close game into a rout with a huge fourth quarter, sending the visiting Seahawks to their third consecutive loss to start Region 7-AAA play.
T.J. Clay led the Seahawks with 19 points and seven rebounds. Clay went 9 of 11 from the free-throw line. Will McCarty added 15.
Hilton Head High narrowed the margin to 48-43 going to the fourth quarter, but the Gators pulled away from the short-handed Seahawks, who were without starting point guard Desmond Bush (ankle) and backup Quintin Smalls (illness).
"We kind of ran out of steam," Seahawks coach Ken Updike said. "But it sure helped that they shot the ball awfully well."
The Seahawks (7-10 overall, 0-3 in Region 7-AAA) take on Berkeley at home Friday in another region game.
Memorial Day 63, Hilton Head Prep 58: Matt Layman had 25 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Dimitri Lowry added 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists, but the Dolphins' fourth-quarter comeback fell short in a non-region loss at home.
Prep trailed 48-42 through three quarters, and the Matadors extended their lead to as many as 12 in the fourth before the Dolphins began their charge. The Dolphins got within four, but they couldn't make up the rest of the ground.
Ty Latson led Memorial Day with 24 points.
Alex Orford had eight points and seven rebounds for Prep.
The Dolphins (12-5 overall, 2-1 in SCISAA Region 3-AAA) host a key region game Friday against Pinewood Prep.
First Baptist 85, Beaufort Academy 36: The Eagles' strong play from last week didn't carry over enough to hang with the two-time defending SCISAA Class 2-A champions, as visiting First Baptist built a 60-12 halftime lead and cruised to a SCISAA Region 1-AA victory.
Preston Suber scored 16 points to lead Beaufort Academy, and Leif Koppernaes added eight points. Nate Jenkins scored 21 to lead First Baptist.
The Eagles (5-9 overall, 3-5 in SCISAA Region 1-AA) play another region game Friday at St. Andrew's.
Thomas Heyward 50, Bible Baptist 39: Don Simmons, J.D. Tuten and Logan Mock all scored in double digits, leading the Rebels to a key SCISAA Region 1-AA win at home.
Simmons had 15 points and eight rebounds, Tuten added 14 points, and Mock had 12 points and four steals to help the Rebels to their third consecutive win.
JA Malphrus added nine points for Thomas Heyward. Jerel Richards scored 18 to lead Bible Baptist.
The Rebels (9-6 overall, 3-0 in SCISAA Region 1-AA) play at First Baptist on Friday.