Warrior Classic: Whale Branch girls overcame a slow start to defeat Battery Creek 58-42 and advance to today's championship game of the Warrior Classic.
Shaniqua Johnson led the host Warriors with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Kenyada Moultrie and S'Nitra Mack each added 10 for Whale Branch, which improved to 5-2.
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Whale Branch coach Wilbert Bryant said he was pleased with his team's defense, which forced 28 turnovers, and with the play of the Warriors post, which includes Johnson, Mack and Deborah Fields.
The Warriors will face Summerville today at 2 p.m. for the tournament title. The Green Wave defeated Wade Hampton on Tuesday to earn a spot in the final.
Bryant watched Summerville's victory Tuesday and said the Green Wave were solid throughout and would probably press often.
"We've got a tough road ahead of us," Bryant said. "That's why we play tournaments, to get better."
The Dolphins were led by Daisja Cannon's 10 points. Jasmine Wallace and Kadijah Badger each chipped in eight for Battery Creek, which slipped to 1-6 on the season.
Battery Creek and Wade Hampton will play the consolation game at noon.
Memphis (Tenn.) East 48, Hilton Head High 40: The Seahawks fell on the opening day of the 32-team Sandy Creek Holiday Jump-Off tournament. The game was tied at the half, but 11 second-half turnovers hurt the Seahawks' chances.
Lauryn Bush led Hilton Head High with 14 points. Sabrina Drammis added nine points for the Seahawks, who will be back in action again today.
Beaufort High 53, Baptist Hill 48: The Eagles won on the opening day of the Modie Risher Classic in Charleston.
Joey Chaplin scored 13 to lead Beaufort High. Tyrone Holmes added 12 points and Jordan Broussard 11 for the Eagles, who improved to 5-2. Beaufort High plays again today against an opponent to be determined.