Thomas Heyward Academy 44, Byrnes Schools 16: Caitlyn Cooler outscored Byrnes Schools by herself, tallying 17 points, and the undefeated Thomas Heyward Academy girls basketball team used relentless pressure to easily get through the first round in the SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs Friday night in Sumter.
Ashlie Layman added seven points, and Jamie Malphrus and Kayla Canavan scored six apiece for the Rebels (24-0), who advance to face Calhoun Academy at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Sumter. Malphrus also had a big hand in holding down Byrnes' leading scorer, Meghan Osborne.
"Our defense was extremely tenacious," Rebels coach Gary Mazzanna said. "The kids did a good job defensively. Offensively, we were flat."
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Laurence Manning 43, Hilton Head Christian Academy 36: The Eagles cut Laurence Manning's lead to two points with about a minute and a half remaining, but weren't able to get the first round win in the SCISAA Class 3-A girls playoffs.
Laurence Manning made four of five free throws down the stretch.
Lauren Davis and Audrey Bensch had nine points each to lead Hilton Head Christian (13-13). Francesca Guidobono scored six points, Andy Anderson had five and Addison Bensch scored four.
"It was a great game," Christian Academy coach Kenny Conroy said. "It was a close game the whole way."
"I was proud of the girls, they played very hard," Conroy said. "They played till the end."
The Eagles were hurt by poor free-throw shooting, making just three of 11 attempts.
The Hilton Head Christian Academy Eagles Clay Shooting Team traveled to Clinton on Feb. 11 for a clay shooting meet involving 360 shooters from around the state. Every HHCA shooter posted their highest individual score.
Kerry Davis came in with the second-highest girls score at the meet with 89 out of 100 clays broken. The JV squad -- with Hunter Greenwell (84), James Bartholomew (79) and Matt Crowe (77) -- placed second in the JV SCISAA division. Kelly Humes (72) and Shaun Poole (64) set personal highs.