Freshman Kendall Smith sank three 3-pointers and scored 11 in the first quarter Tuesday night to push the Hilton Head Prep girls basketball team to an early 15-5 lead, and the Dolphins would go on to defeat Bible Baptist, 34-23, for their first victory in more than a year.
Hilton Head Prep shut down its girls basketball program last season after an 0-2 start when the team was decimated by injuries. Even this year, the Dolphins have a short bench. There are just eight players on the roster -- five freshmen and two sophomores.
Smith finished with 19 points to lead Hilton Head Prep (1-0). Maddie McDonald chipped in eight and Catherine Sheehan scored seven to close out the Dolphins' scoring.
Hilton Head Prep faces St. Andrew's at 6 p.m. Friday on the road before hosting Laurence Manning on Saturday.
Colleton Prep 59, Beaufort Academy 35: Miranda Weslake scored 18 points as the Eagles fell to the host team in the Warhawk Classic in Walterboro.
Amanda Kahn had four points for Beaufort Academy (1-2), which will face Thomas Heyward Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Laura Reynolds had 13 points to lead Colleton Prep, which led 18-3 after one quarter.
JV: Beaufort Academy 35, Colleton Prep 17 (Monday)
Dorchester Academy 46, Thomas Heyward 26: Sydney Glassberg scored 18 points as Thomas Heyward dropped its season opener in the Colleton Prep tournament.
The Rebels (0-1) will play Beaufort Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Hilton Head Prep 57, Bible Baptist 34: John Eck scored 17 points and Randy Young added 16 as the Dolphins won their season opener.
John Larson finished with 11 points for Hilton Head Prep (1-0), which led 38-11 at halftime. Young and Brennan Mikell led the Dolphins on the boards.
Hilton Head Prep plays at St Andrew's at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Beaufort Academy 51, Colleton Prep 38: Kevin Williams had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Nicky Macuch added 11 points as the Eagles advanced in Colleton Prep's Warhawk Classic tournament.
Beaufort Academy (1-3) will face either Dorchester Academy or Thomas Heyward Academy on Thursday.
Middle School -- St. Francis Catholic School Tip-off Classic, Quarterfinals: St. Francis 44, St. Peters 18; Beaufort Academy 55, Thomas Heyward Academy 39; Hilton Head Prep 44, Riverview Charter 31; Hilton Head Middle 31, Hilton Head Christian 16
Richmond Hill 47, Hilton Head Island 21; Effingham Co. 54, Hilton Head Island 22: The Seahawks dropped two matches on the road against a pair of Georgia teams that have already been wrestling for two weeks.
Bright spots for the Seahawks were Logan Johnston at 106 pounds and Brock Massey at 138 pounds. Both went 2-0.
Hilton Head will send an A team and a B team to compete at the Woodmont Invitational on Friday and Saturday.