Bluffton 61, Ashley Ridge 47: The Bluffton High School boys basketball team used one of its better defensive efforts of the season to take out Ashley Ridge on Friday night in Bluffton, pulling away for a 61-47 victory.
The win puts the Bobcats (11-5) in sole possession of second place in Region 8-AAAA with a mark of 4-2.
"Probably our best game of the year -- when we needed it," Bluffton coach Brett Macy said.
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Bluffton led 16-13 after the first quarter and 26-20 at halftime before extending the lead after the break.
C.J. Frazier led the way with 15 points. Marquis Webber added 10, and B.J. Hill and Jay Middleton scored eight apiece for the Bobcats, who play at Whale Branch at 5 p.m. tonight.
Fred Weeks led Ashley Ridge with 23 points, and Romelo Doctor had 11.
Hilton Head Island High 63, Berkeley 47: Jacob Coltrane banked in a shot from beyond halfcourt at the first-half buzzer, and the Seahawks carried that momentum into the third quarter to end a four-game losing streak.
The shot by Coltrane -- who finished with 16 points -- gave Hilton Head a 20-16 lead at halftime, but the Seahawks broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 24-7.
Aaron Frazier had a team-high 17 points and Michael Julian -- on the day he committed to play football at Toledo -- finished with 12 for Hilton Head High.
The Seahawks (10-10 overall, 2-4 Region 8-AAA) return home Tuesday to face James Island.
Berkeley drops to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in the region.
Battery Creek 62, Bishop England 51: Devontae Wilson scored 13 points, Tayvon Jeannette had 12 and Yuneek Crittendon added 11 to help the Dolphins pick up a Region 6-AA road win.
Eric Freeman chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds, Adonis Williams had seven points and five assists, and Raheem Cooper had seven points for Battery Creek (10-9 overall, 8-2 region), which hosts region-leading Woodland on Tuesday.
B.J. Grevey hit five 3-pointers and finished with 23 points for Bishop England (8-10, 5-5).
Whale Branch 84, Branchville 23: Denzel Daniel finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals as the top-ranked Warriors coasted to victory.
Jay Abney had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrell Hazel tallied 11 points, eight assists and six steals for Whale Branch (16-2 overall, 6-0 Region 5-A).
Justin Rhode returned from a broken ankle to add six points, two steals and two assists, and Byron Lloyd had seven points for the Warriors, who host Bluffton tonight.
Northwood Academy 57, Hilton Head Christian 50: The Eagles whittled away at a 13-point halftime deficit but weren't able to pick up the win in Charleston.
"We played them tough, we just had some mental lapses, and unfortunately it cost us the game," Eagles coach Mac Tamminen said. "We had our opportunities, though."
Brad Meccariello led Hilton Head Christian with 20 points and Caleb Lewis added 10.
Douglas Dwight had 15 points and Tayvaughn Major scored 10 to lead Northwood Academy.
Hilton Head Christian (9-10 overall, 2-3 SCISAA Region 3-AAA) plays at First Baptist at 2:30 p.m. today.
Porter-Gaud 76, Hilton Head Prep 52: K.J. James and Michael Preddy scored 18 points apiece to lead Porter-Gaud to the win.
John Eck had 12 to lead Hilton Head Prep (11-10 overall, 0-6 SCISAA Region 3-AAA). Shaun Topper scored 10, and ninth-grader Sam McCracken came off the bench with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Randy Young added seven rebounds for Prep, which hosts Hilton Head Christian at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Bible Baptist 44, Beaufort Academy 33: Chad Boatright, who was 10 for 11 from the free-throw line, and Keynnard Campbell scored 13 points each to lead Bible Baptist to the win. The visitors used a late surge right before halftime to give themselves a cushion.
Beaufort Academy was held in the 30s for the third straight game.
Preston Suber had 12 points to lead the Eagles. Finn Koppernaes had 10 points and nine rebounds, and Conner Akers scored nine points.
The Eagles (7-10 overall, 2-4 SCISAA Region 1-AA) play at St. Andrew's on Tuesday.
JV: Beaufort Academy 41, Bible Baptist 21
JV: St. Andrew's 37, Thomas Heyward Academy 31
Hilton Head High 35, Berkeley 17: Lauryn Bush and Americal Jenkins notched 11 points each to propel the Seahawks to the road win.
Jenkins also had 10 rebounds for Hilton Head High (14-6, 4-2 Region 8-AAA).
The Seahawks allowed just eight second-half points after leading 17-9 at the intermission.
The Seahawks return home after three straight road games to host James Island on Tuesday.
Thomas Heyward Academy 60, St. Andrew's 34: The Rebels clinched at least a tie for first place in the region, improving to 18-2 overall and 6-0 in SCISAA Region 1-AA.
Jamie Malphrus and Brielle Jungblut both went over 20 points in the win, with Malphrus scoring 23 and Jungblut 21. Taylor Ernestine added six points, and Cheyanne Gray had 12 rebounds for Thomas Heyward, which hosts Charleston Collegiate on Tuesday.
JV: Thomas Heyward Academy 23, St. Andrews 17
Bishop England 57, Battery Creek 37: The Dolphins got down 35-21 at halftime and weren't able to make up the difference.
Mary Harriet Moore scored 20 points to lead Bishop England (15-3 overall, 10-0 Region 6-AA).
Daisja Cannon led the way for Battery Creek, chalking up 13 points, four rebounds, five assists and seven steals.
Brianna Tolbert added eight points for the Dolphins (12-8, 5-5), who host Woodland on Tuesday.
Northwood Academy 83, Hilton Head Christian 47: Led by one of the top players in the country, Amber Campbell, the host Chargers broke away after the first quarter.
Hilton Head Christian was within three points after the first quarter, 17-14, but Campbell scored 19 points in the second quarter as Northwood outscored the Eagles 31-10 in the period. Campbell finished with 38 points.
"The first quarter we played our game," Eagles coach Kenny Conroy said, "and the second and third quarter we got rushing and we played their game."
Ziarre Doe had 16 points to lead HHCA. Macee Tamminen added 12 and Monica Bundy scored 10 for the Eagles (13-9 overall, 2-3 SCISAA Region 3-AAA), which play at 1 p.m. today at First Baptist.
Bible Baptist 52, Beaufort Academy 45: The Eagles went dry after briefly leading in the second half, suffering a home loss that dropped them to .500 in the region.
Miranda Weslake rang up 27 points, five steals and five rebounds to lead Beaufort Academy (7-8, 3-3 SCISAA Region 1-AA). Charlotte Delfosse contributed 10 points.
Lyndsey Conley had 15 points for Bible Baptist, which led 25-22 at halftime. The Eagles were up 31-30 before their dry spell allowed the visitors to recapture the advantage.
"The lulls have been haunting us all year," said first-year Beaufort Academy coach Joe Matheny.
Beaufort Academy returns to action Monday against visiting Ben Lippen. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.