SCISAA Class 3-A Girls Basketball Playoffs
Hilton Head Prep 51, Ben Lippen 24: In a first-round playoff matchup Friday at Pinewood Prep in Summerville, the Hilton Head Prep girls basketball team used its pressure defense to cruise past Ben Lippen, 51-24, and advance to the SCISAA Class 3-A quarterfinals.
The Dolphins (24-5) held the Falcons scoreless in the first quarter and forced 20 first-half turnovers. By Prep coach Bob Sulek's count, Ben Lippen only managed 13 shots from the field in the first half.
"Our defense was very, very good tonight," Sulek said. "They really had a hard time getting the ball up the floor.
"We were just overpowering," he added. "We had them locked down."
Hilton Head Prep led 47-9 going into the fourth quarter. It was very similar to the teams' first meeting this year, when Prep led 47-12 after three quarters in their game at December's RET Thomas Memorial Holiday Tournament. The Dolphins went on to win that matchup, 50-30.
Jill Brunori led the way for Prep on Friday, scoring 15 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and making six steals. Kate Brunori finished with eight points, and Grace Anderson added seven points and eight offensive rebounds.
Kathleen Blum had seven points, six assists and three steals, and Jamese Franklin had four points and six rebounds for Hilton Head Prep, which will face either Orangeburg Prep or Cardinal Newman on Tuesday in a quarterfinal game at 6:30 p.m. in Sumter.
Leah Austin led Ben Lippen (5-16) with six points.
Heathwood Hall 47, Hilton Head Christian Academy 23: Led by its seniors, the Christian Academy fought hard to the end before falling at Heathwood Hall in the opening round of the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs.
The Eagles, who came in averaging nearly 30 turnovers per game, only committed 16 on the night.
"Our girls played a great final game of the season," Eagles coach Tommy Lewis said. "They just couldn't quite hang with Heathwood's two big girls. Their inside game was just a little too much for us."
Center Aja Wilson finished with 15 points and forward Sarah Scott had 12 points for Heathwood Hall (17-8), which came in as a No. 2 seed.
Senior Jaden Colella finished with seven points and five rebounds for the Eagles (3-22), and fellow senior Anna Bensch had seven points and two steals. The team's other senior, Jessica Day, played good help defense inside, said Lewis. Junior Katherine Gehrt finished with five rebounds.
SCISAA Class 2-A Girls Basketball Playoffs
Thomas Heyward Academy 78, Marlboro Academy 31: Jamie Malphrus scored 24 points and had seven rebounds, leading four Rebels in double figures in an easy first-round playoff victory at Wilson Hall in Sumter.
"We actually started out rather slow," Rebels coach Gary Mazzanna said. "We missed some easy shots. Just a little nervous, but then we got into the flow of the game."
Caitlyn Cooler added 17 points and seven assists, and Kayla Canavan had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Thomas Heyward (19-5). Brielle Jungblut finished with 13 points and five assists, and Taylor Ernestine had six points for the Rebels, who face 24-1 Richard Winn Academy on Monday in a quarterfinal matchup at the Sumter Civic Center.
Kristen English had 11 points to lead Marlboro Academy.
Byrnes Schools 54, Beaufort Academy 24: The Eagles, playing without leading scorer Miranda Weslake, were bounced in their first-round game in the SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs.
The No. 2 seed Trojans (23-8) got off to a fast start in the game, played at Wilson Hall in Sumter, and never looked back.
"We started out a little shaky and didn't control the ball real well," Beaufort Academy coach Jay Gardner said. "By the time we got our composure back, we were down 15 points or so."
Megan Kahn, Megan DeBardelaben and Katherine Neal each scored six points for the Eagles (12-11). Mackenzie Blake, Charlotte Delfosse and Taylor Vincent scored two points apiece. Weslake, who averaged nearly 15 points per game this season, was out of town.
Gardner already is looking forward to next season, when his entire roster should be back. The Eagles' had four eighth-graders in action Friday night.
"Our team's so young, and they've gained so much experience and started playing so well down the stretch this year, that we should be able to hit the floor and get rolling pretty quickly next year," Gardner said.
"We're definitely ready for the future."