Beaufort High 43, Fort Dorchester 42:
Joey Chaplin hit the go-ahead basket with under a minute to play, and the defense stayed strong to help the Beaufort High School boys basketball team pick up a road win Tuesday night at Fort Dorchester, 43-42.
The Eagles' defense stopped Fort Dorchester on three straight possessions to close out the game. Beaufort High (12-7 overall, 3-1 Region 8-AAAA) could have wrapped up the game in the closing moments, but missed four free throws down the stretch to keep the Patriots in it.
"I thought our defense the second half was real solid, and I thought we did a good job of neutralizing them on the boards," Eagles coach Bruce Beasley said. "We did a good job of defending the paint."
Chaplin finished with 14 points to lead the Eagles. Jordan Broussard had 11 points, Henry Jenkins scored nine and Martin Washington added six for Beaufort High, which hosts Ashley Ridge on Friday.
Troy Bryant scored 14 points to lead Fort Dorchester.
Whale Branch 45, Allendale-Fairfax 38: The Warriors knocked off the region-leading Tigers by hitting their free throws down the stretch.
Leroy Perry led the way with 13 points and Eric Frazier added 12 points for Whale Branch (12-5 overall, 7-2 Region 5-A). Dee Delaney had eight points, 10 rebounds, five steals, two assists and three blocked shots for the Warriors, who play at Ridgeland on Friday in a showdown for second place in the region.
Lorenzo Buxton had 12 points to lead Allendale-Fairfax, which suffered its first region loss of the season.
Ridgeland 85, Branchville 35: Charles Mitchell scored 20 points as the Jaguars cruised to victory.
Jeremiah Nelson added nine points. Tyji Mikell had eight points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three assists, and Terrance Frazier had eight points, five steals and seven assists. Xavier Capers finished with eight points, and Torray Amlett had 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals for Ridgeland (9-7 overall, 6-2 Region 5-A), which hosts Whale Branch on Friday.
Lake Marion 77, Battery Creek 51: Justice Oliver had 12 points and Michael Robinson 10 in the loss. The Dolphins (4-15) play at Berkeley on Friday.
Porter-Gaud 57, Hilton Head Christian 56: The Eagles led by one point late in the game, but missed the front end of a one-and-one attempt at the free throw line to open the door for the home team. The Cyclones made the winning basket with nine seconds left.
The Eagles (9-9 overall, 2-3 region) had a good look on a shot in the lane but misfired, and then couldn't hit the putback attempt at the buzzer to narrowly miss upending the region leaders.
"It was a very good game, the kids played very hard," Eagles coach Kenny Conroy said. "The best thing we can say is we had a chance there at the end."
C.J. Evanofski and Taylor MacDonald had 13 points apiece, and Brad Meccariello and Zach Reynolds each scored 11 for Hilton Head Christian, which is off until next Tuesday, when they play at Hilton Head Prep.
Thomas Heyward Academy 77, Cathedral Academy 28: J.D. Tuten poured in 23 points to propel the Rebels.
Will Richardson and Taylor Cowart added 10 points apiece for Thomas Heyward Academy (6-8).
The Rebels visit Beaufort Academy on Friday.
Bethesda Day 72, Hilton Head Prep 45: Ben Carter scored 18 points to lead Bethesda (18-2).
Cole Gardocki had 15 points, and Shaun Topper scored 11 points to go with seven rebounds for Prep. Will Peterkin contributed five assists and four points for the Dolphins (4-16), who host Porter-Gaud on Friday.
JV: Bethesda Day 43, Hilton Head Prep 29
JV: Whale Branch 53, Allendale-Fairfax 40
Middle School: Hilton Head Middle 29, McCracken 24
Fort Dorchester 36, Beaufort High 33: Despite being without 40 percent of their starting lineup, the Eagles nearly picked up their first Region 8-AAAA win of the season.
Stephanie Pollock scored 10 points, Emani Gray had nine, and Caisey Dickson came away with seven rebounds for Beaufort High (5-12 overall, 0-4 region). The Eagles played without Ebony Watson (knee) and Paris Smith (illness).
Territta Jones scored 11 points to lead Fort Dorchester.
Beaufort High hosts Ashley Ridge on Friday for senior night.
Battery Creek 53, Lake Marion 47: Daisja Cannon had 15 points, seven assists and seven steals to lead the way for the Dolphins. Alex Bazemore added a game-high 16 points for Battery Creek (3-11 overall, 3-2 Region 7-AAA), and Elizabeth Ford had four rebounds.
The Dolphins play at Berkeley on Friday.
Marquayla Lee-Parson had 14 points, and Nigeeba Grant added 11 for Lake Marion.
Whale Branch 65, Allendale-Fairfax 46: S'nitra Mack had a double-double, with 18 points and 15 rebounds, to lead the Warriors to the win.
Shaniqua Johnson added 13 points and eight rebounds, and Deborah Fields scored 10 points for Whale Branch (10-4 overall, 7-1 Region 5-A). Kenyada Moultrie finished with eight points and five steals, and Kemoni Jenkins had six points and five steals. Sharrin Reed also had six points for the Warriors, who play at Ridgeland on Friday in a matchup that will have a major impact in determining the region champion. Ridgeland won the first matchup this season by three points.
Hilton Head Christian 36, Porter-Gaud 32: Lauren Davis and Addison Bensch each scored 11 points as the Eagles evened their region record at 3-3. Francesca Guidobono contributed six points in the win.
Hilton Head Chrisitan (9-10) plays at Ashley Hall on Thursday.
Thomas Heyward Academy 65, Cathedral Academy 11: Junior Brielle Jungblut had 19 points and 10 steals to power last season's SCISAA Class 2-A state runner-up to a Region 1 victory.
Kayla Canavan chipped in 13 points for the unbeaten Rebels (16-0, 5-0), while Jamie Malphrus contributed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Rebels play Friday at Beaufort Academy.
JV: Hilton Head Christian Academy 42, Porter-Gaud 29
Middle School: McCracken 26, Hilton Head Middle 25